The Stormers will be eager to continue their form when they face the Waratahs in round ten of Super Rugby action at Newlands on Saturday.
Robbie Fleck’s men are at the top of the South African Group and are riding high after a dominating win against the Reds last week.
Key to their success has been staunch defence that has conceded the fewest tries this season, along with the Sharks. This, combined with accurate tactical kicking from the likes of new find Jean-Luc du Plessis and full-back Cheslin Kolbe, have made the Stormers a tough nut to crack.
Meanwhile, the Waratahs have failed to live up to the hype of last year, when they made the semi-finals and are wallowing in the bottom half of the overall table.
The Achilles heel of the Sydney-based has undoubtedly been their defence, as they have conceded the most penalties in the competition – 75 – and been handed no less than seven yellow cards.
Another issue for the Waratahs has been goal-kicking. In star fly-half Bernard Foley’s absence, Kurtley Beale took over the duties for the opening rounds but was poor. While Foley returned in round five, he has been similarly inaccurate and the two have combined for a less-than ideal 68 percent off the tee.
Other than these issues, Daryl Gibson’s charges have shown plenty of intent with the ball and are ranked fourth in the competition for clean breaks, metres made and passes.
The last time the teams met: The Stormers arrived in Sydney off the back of three losses in 2015. However, the 32-18 win appeared to galvanize the squad, as it was the start of a run which saw them win five out of their next six games on their way to the play-offs. Centre Damian de Allende contributed with a brace of tries, while pivot Demetri Catrakilis slotted five from six kicks.
2015: Stormers won 32-18 in Sydney
2014: Waratahs won 22-11 in Cape Town
2013: Waratahs won 21-15 in Sydney
2012: Stormers won 19-13 in Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 26-6 in Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 27-6 in Cape Town
2009: Waratahs won 21-16 in Sydney
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (cc), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (cc), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones
Waratahs: 15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro
Date: Saturday, April 30
Venue: DHL Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 19:15 local (17:15 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant Referees: Paul Williams, Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Shaun Veldsman