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Dobson: Stormers will be better than before lockdown

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John Dobson (Gallo Images)
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Stormers coach John Dobson is confident that his team will perform better than they did before lockdown when they return to action.

Dobson's charges will make their return this weekend when they tackle the Lions in 'Super Fan Saturday' at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria.

It will be a precursor for a double round of local action over 16 weekends, with two trophies up for grabs - Super Rugby Unlocked and the Currie Cup.

The Stormers started the year well, winning their first four games, but suffered back-to-back losses against the Blues and Sharks before the season was halted.

"The way we have trained, other than set-piece because we have only started that lately, my view is that we would beat us from March. The way we are training now is considerably superior to how we were training in March in terms of skill and intensity," Dobson told the Stormers' official website.

"I have got no doubt whatsoever that we are going to be a better team than we were before," he said.

After the two losses, Dobson said the Stormers picked apart every aspect of their game and training methods in great detail.

"When you have lost two in a row you go really deep, maybe too deep in some ways. We looked at everything, from our culture, training methods, times, recovery systems, territory game, everything has been pulled apart and we are very excited about the changes we have made.

"We have worked probably the most on our kicking and territory game, our kicking system, getting our chase right and upskilling the likes of Herschel (Jantjies) Damian (Willemse) Godlen (Masimla). That has probably been the biggest part of our game change," he said.

- Compiled by Sport24 staff

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