The Sunwolves will be on the hunt for Super Rugby revenge when they host the Stormers at the National Stadium in Singapore on Saturday.
The motivation is two-fold. One, Mark Hammett’s men were disappointing last week, with the lowly Western Force putting 40 points on them. Two, they were equally poor when they faced the Stormers in Cape Town earlier in the competition.
The Sunwolves are relentless on attack and the Stormers defence can expect more of the same in Singapore.
However, the hosts will have up their game significantly in the set-piece department if they want to earn their second victory.
Statistics reveal that the Sunwolves have fared poorly in scrums and line-outs, as they are ranked 11th and 18th respectively, That, combined with the fact that the Stormers have forced the lowest success rates from their opposition in both set-pieces this season (scrum 71 percent, line-out 77 percent), does not bode well for the Sunwolves.
While the Sunwloves have a never-say-die attitude on attack, they face a staunch defence rated as one of the best in the competition, as the Stormers have conceded the least tries (along with the Sharks) in the competition.
With the home side’s willingness to run with the ball and the counter-attacking ability of the Stormers back three, we should be in for an exciting game under the Singapore dome.
2016: Stormers won 46-19 in Cape Town
Sunwolves: 15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Akihito Yamada, 13 Derek Carpenter, 12 Harumichi Tatekawa (c), 11 John Stewart, 10 Tusi Pisi, 9 Atsushi Hiwasa, 8 Ed Quirk, 7 Andrew Durutalo, 6 Liaki Moli, 5 Fa’atiga Lemalu, 4 Timothy Bond, 3 Shinnosuke Kakinaga, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Masataka Mikami
Replacements: 16 Shota Horie, 17 Ziun Gu, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yoshiya Hosoda, 20 Taiyo Ando, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Mifiposeti Paea
Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Juan de Jongh (cc), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Kobus van Wyk, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 JD Schickerling, 3 Frans Malherbe (cc), 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones
Date: Saturday, May 14
Venue: National Stadium, Singapore
Kick-off: 19:45 local (11:45 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser, Shuhei Kubo
TMO: Takashi Hareda