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Smith expects expansive Stormers

11th March 2014 14:50


Wayne Smith Chiefs assistant coach 2013

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Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith believes the Stormers were unlucky to lose in Christchurch and will "get a bit more expansive."

Renowned for their attritional attacking style and limited number of tries scored, the Stormers have only crossed the whitewash three times so far this season - the lowest number of any side.

Centre Damien de Allende scored the only try for the Cape Town outfit in last week's 14-13 loss to the Crusaders, a match Smith believes Allister Coetzee's side deserved to win.

"They deserved to win that game," Smith told Sportal.

"They were really strong one-on-one, their defence was really good and their pack were very efficient with their rolling maul from lineouts. And flanker Schalk Burger was absolutely outstanding for them."

Smith added that he expects the Stormers to open up in Hamilton on Friday.

"One thing we have noticed when they come on tour to New Zealand, the Stormers get a bit more expansive and away from that attritional style of game they play at home," he said.

"They have talented backs with Jean de Villiers and Gio Aplon is dangerous and Damian de Allende looks really good at second five-eighth (inside centre). They offer a real threat to us."

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