Stormers out to atone for Lions defeat

The Cape-based side face the Hurricanes in the Super Rugby tournament at Newlands on Friday.

FILE: Stormers eighth man Duane Vermeulen is tackled by two Lions players during the Stormers 34-10 defeat. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee on Thursday said his side's defeat to the Lions will be used as motivation for Friday's game against the Hurricanes at Newlands.

Both sides will be desperate for a win after losing their opening games last weekend.

Coetzee says the Lions defeat is in the back of their minds.

"The players know it's not just a matter of turning up. We need to turn up pissed off over last week's result, because that is what our supporters expect from us. We as a group expect each other to turn up."

The margin of victory is of secondary importance for Coetzee, who says even a scrappy win over the Hurricanes will do.

"If you want to go on tour and have a successful one, you've got to make sure that you win this week. It doesn't matter if it's by one, two or three points, we have to win. That's how important it is, because it's the only way to turn things around."

However, Coetzee says the team cannot be fully preoccupied with that loss.

"I think this weekend is a new challenge for us against the Hurricanes. They're also playing their second game and they're also coming off a loss. It's going to be another tough match. We're well prepared and hopefully we can turn things around."

The coach says only a win and a good performance will silence the critics.

"We've got to bounce back. It doesn't matter who says what, we just need to pitch up on Friday night and turn it around."