the Stormers they are keenly aware of the important focal points of the game in the semi-finals against the United Rugby Championship Ulsterwhich will be played at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon (15:00).
The hosts managed to win 23-20 on the same ground against Ulster at the start of the season, aided by a controversial postponement decision, and they know they have to be much better if they are to secure a place in the URC final. next weekend.
Ulster will also be upset for a bit of revenge as they felt hard hit by the previous result and having played in the same stadium in similar conditions they will be eager to force a flip against the slightly favored home team.
But the Stormers know exactly where they need to improve and what they need to do to achieve victory.
“When we reviewed it (the game) earlier this week, we realized that our kicks weren’t up to par and that our fights were self-inflicted. We gave them bad kicks, which allowed them to fend off those contenders, so it’s a control for us, “Stormers manager John Dobson explained.
“Some of our jobs to get contestants weren’t where they should have been and our playoffs were also poor. Ulster are also one of the best mauling teams in the competition and we gave them seven penalties in the middle of the pitch.
“From there they don’t go hunting for places, they go to our corner. We defended the mauls very well in that match. But we can’t do it again. Our discipline in the middle of the park must be perfect “.
The Stormers will also be boosted by a 3pm kickoff on the day and with a warm and sunny day expected, conditions should be perfect for them to play their game plan.
“We much prefer it (early mid-afternoon) and the weather is nice. We wanted to play at three and with the style of rugby we play, the drier the better, so we’re happy with that kick-off, “admitted Dobson.