Stormers work hard at training

2014-03-22 00:00

CANBERRA — Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has praised the Stormers players for their hard work at training this week, believing that it will put the team in good stead for their third tour match of 2014.

The Stormers take on the Brumbies in Canberra in Super Rugby action this morning, knowing how important a victory would be for their campaign at this stage of the season.

“We’re definitely looking for the win. We’ve been really critical of ourselves, isolating where we need to perform to get the result we want,” said Proudfoot on Thursday from his team’s base in Coogee, Sydney.

“You know, there’s not a lot of time to train when you’re on tour.

“You need to be accurate when you do and the players have responded well on that level.”

The Stormers were transferred to Canberra yesterday, ahead of their regular pre-match captain’s run at a venue where they have won just once in seven games.

However, that win came in their previous encounter in Canberra (in 2011) and nine players — including captain Jean de Villiers and vice-captain Schalk Burger — are back for this fixture some three years later.

Proudfoot added, “We do take a good feeling out there [from last time out], but we know that this is probably Australia’s best side and they are playing well at the moment.

“We know it will be a very tough game.”

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