Vermeulen hails Stormers’ scrum

Date published: March 8 2015

Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen hailed his team's efforts in the scrums after Saturday's 29-13 victory over the Sharks in Cape Town.

The home side's pack were dominant in that facet of play, especially during the first half when they won three tightheads.

Vermeulen believes his tight five deserves special praise considering that they trained in extremely hot conditions in Cape Town in the run-up to the match against the Durban-based franchise.

"Our tight five were magnificent," said the Springbok number eight.

"It was a big step up with those three (early) tightheads.

"To have seen those guys training this week in 42 degrees (Celsius) heat was awe inspiring.

"We also showed improvement at the breakdowns, but our line-out work needs to get better."

Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee believes his team's ability to increase the intensity levels during the match proved crucial in securing their victory.

"We knew after last week's match – against the Lions – that we had to step up intensity levels if we wanted to give ourselves a chance of winning," he said.

"It turned out to be a satisfying and pleasing result, especially playing at Newlands.

"In terms of the SA Conference standings, the result was a massive win for us."