‘Stormers will continue to attack’ – Fleck

Date published: May 22 2016

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Despite being winless in their last three matches, the Stormers will continue with their attacking style of play.

That was the word from the Cape Town outfit’s head coach Robbie Fleck after their 17-13 defeat against the Bulls in Pretoria on Saturday. That result follows last weekend’s draw with the Sunwolves in Singapore and their 32-30 loss to the Waratahs in Cape Town in Round 10.

“We won’t stop what we are doing,” said Fleck.

“We will continue to be fearless and play an attacking brand of rugby which eventually will come together for us. There have glimpses when it has worked and there were stages here [against the Bulls] as well.

“But at the end of the day, we made too many mistakes and gave away too many penalties which cost us. We certainly won’t stop what we doing and working hard towards a better product.

“It was tough against the Waratahs, then we had a poor performance in Singapore but this is the nature of the competition. This match [against the Bulls] is a tough one to swallow and we are going to have to show real character.

“We won’t lose faith or hope and it is important that we win well at Newlands before the Test break.”

Fleck admitted that the Bulls’ dominance at the line-outs and scrums played a big role in his side’s defeat.

“Credit to the Bulls, they put our line-out under pressure and contested really effectively,” he added.

“We obviously couldn’t launch [attacks] from that and then a couple of scrum penalties kept them in the game in the first half.

“When it is a tight game, you need to dominate the setpiece – which we didn’t.

“Their defence worked incredibly hard for each other. We were attacking pretty well and were able to retain possession but they did really well to slow our ball down and we weren’t able to push the tempo.

“They brought the tempo down to their pace, which didn’t suit us and it became a setpiece battle – something we didn’t want. We wanted a quick, open game. We were surviving on scraps in the second half and couldn’t really launch anything.”

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