Fleck: Reds are 'dangerous'
Robbie Fleck was resolute in the build-up whilst talking about the recent history of the two franchises.
CAPE TOWN - Stormers coach Robbie Fleck says he is weary of the menace posed by the travelling Reds when they clash at Newlands tomorrow afternoon.
The last time these two sides met the Reds came out on top 22-17 in Brisbane but both teams have undergone significant changes in playing personnel and on the coaching side.
The Queensland based side have won three of the last five fixtures but Fleck says the dynamics have changed, "This is a different team from our perspective and they also a young side with a lot of changes."
Fleck was resolute in the build-up whilst talking about the recent history of the two franchises, "I don't think they have the better of us even though the stats say that."
And the Stormers is coach is right in saying that, there is no more Will Genia and Quade Cooper to add the creative spark that was a hallmark of the Reds in years gone by.
They have managed only one win this season whilst losing five already, it's been a turbulent campaign for the Australians having changed its coaching staff early in the season.
Fleck believes the change has had a positive effect on the team, "They certainly are a dangerous side, they were probably a little bit structured early on in the year and the change in management has freed them up a bit."
The Stormers are aware of their oppositions strike runners, burly centre Samu Kerevi has been a serious threat with his direct and powerful running carrying the ball 89 times this season.
Fleck says when the game is open, that is when the Reds are at their most dangerous, "It's where we need to watch them, whether it's on their counter attack or turnover possession that is where their X-factor players come into the fray."
The one victory the Reds have notched up was against the defending champion Highlanders and Fleck referenced that match to indicate their potential threat, "The game against the Highlanders you can see in broken play they are extremely dangerous."
Despite their recent loss against the local rivals the Lions, the Stormers remain in top spot in the South African conference and Fleck believes his side are intent on making up for last week.
"We back at Newlands, we coming in after a loss and we will certainly be up for this one."
Fleck gave nothing away about their tactics for Saturday but he indicated they had done their homework on their opposition.
"We have identified certain areas that we need to attack them."
He went onto say that he was confident in their tactical preparations.
"We have good plans in place and hopefully they come off".