Horne relishing Stormers challenge

Date published: April 29 2016

Waratahs left wing Rob Horne is relishing the prospect of taking on the Stormers at Newlands on Saturday.

Horne, who spent some time on the sidelines with a hand injury, made a try-scoring return for the Waratahs in their 49-13 victory over the Western Force in Perth last weekend.

That result means the Waratahs took a bit more confidence with them to South Africa where they have spent the week coming together as a team in preparation for the clash with the Stormers, a match-up the side know will be a big challenge.

“Their (the Stormers) structure gives every individual on the field the opportunity to be a threat,” said Horne.

“Obviously there’s a few strike weapons there with (Chaslin) Kolbe, (Juan) de Jongh and (Damian) de Allende back so there’s plenty of talent in attack.

“There’s a lot of big boys in that pack too, and if you’re not prepared for that you could be in for strife.

“And a lot of young guys in there too, with a lot of enthusiasm so I think it'll be one to watch for sure." 

Complementing the Waratahs’ talent-rich utility backline, Horne said the team had been working collectively in an attempt to tackle each game.  

“We’ve got a pretty good backs unit," he added.

"We’re very interactive, we’re always talking, we’re always communicating and getting together and nutting things out so there’s not one person who’s not trying to bring it all together.

“Working together is the only way we can get better as a unit. We know we’ve got a lot of points in us, so it’s up to us on Saturday.

“As a team we’re still trying to get there. But I feel like, as a group, if the collective is functioning then doing your own job is much easier.”