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'We know we need to be better' - Stormers vow improvement ahead of Munster

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Norman Laker (defence coach) chats with players (Gallo)
Norman Laker (defence coach) chats with players (Gallo)

The Stormers know they will need to improve vastly when they take on Munster in the United Rugby Championship this Saturday.

This is the second round of URC action, and the Stormers will enter the clash as comfortable underdogs having gone down 22-18 to Italy's Benetton in their season opener this past weekend.

Munster, meanwhile, were far too strong for the Sharks and emerged comfortable 42-17 winners.

There were moments of encouragement for the Stormers, and when they went out to an 18-7 lead early in the second half, it looked like they would get home comfortably.

However, as Benetton got stronger, the Stormers fell apart somewhat with ill-discipline and an inability to hold onto the ball, ultimately costing them.

"We know as a team that we need to be better this weekend, and I know we will be better," Stormers defence coach Norman Laker said on Tuesday.

"It's a big learning curve. It was our first weekend in Europe, and we've learnt a lot from the referee's point of view with different refereeing styles and different styles of playing.

"We're quick learners, and we will rectify it this coming weekend."

Stormers centre Ruhan Nel, meanwhile, said the enormity of the occasion was something the players were looking forward to.

"It's Munster, and these are the games that you want to be a part of," said Nel.

"We saw the Sharks game there on the weekend and that crowd alone, if that doesn't get you up, then I don't know what will.

"We're just really looking forward to getting out there and rectifying the mistakes we made on the weekend."

Kick-off on Saturday is at 20:35.

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