‘No egos’ for improving Stormers

Date published: March 20 2016

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Stormers co-captain Juan de Jongh has hailed the the culture within the squad after their win over the Brumbies.

The Western Cape franchise bounced back from their South African derby defeat to the Sharks with an impressive win at Newlands.

De Jongh's side now sit top of Africa Conference 1 with three wins from their opening four matches and the Springbok believes the team's lack of egos and balance between forwards and backs has set them up for a successful campaign. 

“We have got a good culture going here, I have learned a lot from playing for other teams like the [Springbok] Sevens in terms of the culture and we are going in the same direction," De Jongh told the Stormers website.

“There are no egos in this squad, and I feel like when the senior players talk the youngsters follow.

“The balance of the team is absolutely fantastic at this moment, and we have to make sure we keep building and working on that to get the results.

“We are still working on it and still building on it, it is a long season so we have got a lot of hard work in front of us,” he said.

Analysing where their battle with the Brumbies was won, De Jongh credited the coaching staff for devising a gameplan to nullify Brumbies star David Pocock's presence at the breakdown.

“The guys put a lot of pressure on them for the whole 80 minutes and didn’t back off," De Jongh added.

"Our forwards did a fantastic job and our backs as well, but a lot of credit must also go to our management for the gameplan.

“We knew Pocock was going to make it difficult at the breakdown and he probably had one or two steals. Our attacking kicks worked fantastically today.

“We probably played a little boring rugby for the people out there, but the gameplan was absolutely fantastic and credit must go to the coach and his management for working so hard, even on Sundays, just to make life easier for us."

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