John Dobson has vowed that the DHL Stormers “will go for it” as they have made a couple of tactical tweaks to hunt a win against a strengthened Munster in Limerick.
In a repeat of last season’s final, the Stormers are looking to get back to winning ways, all the while avenging their two home defeats at the hands of Munster.
Back-to-back defeats against Glasgow Warriors and Benetton Treviso have put the Stormers at risk of finishing their four-week tour with just one, or even no, wins.
Welcoming back Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu from injury, the Stormers have been able to name a better-balanced side than the one that ran out in Treviso.
The 21-year-old’s return has created a double-playmaker pivot with flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis and allowed Ruhan Nel to shift back to outside centre and Ben Loader back to wing.
There has also been a switch in the second row as Gary Porter takes over the lineout calls as the Stormers have struggled at the set piece during the tour.
“We know we had trouble with the 10-12 thing,” Dobson said. “We started with a 13 at 12, and wing at 13, which is not ideal. Sacha gives us much more balance, especially with the way he’s been playing.
“The changes in the pack are rotational and we have a plan to bring some impact off the bench with Adre Smith. Gary is experienced in calling the lineout. Willie isn’t a high-poaching six, but we know that stealing against Ireland is hard.
“We have gone with a 5-3 split on the bench because we want a bit of cover with a couple of injury concerns in our backline.”
While their Munster mission has got even tougher as the defending have welcomed back a trio of Ireland stars from World Cup duty, Dobson said on that the Stormers are still determined to give their all to come away with the win.
“We’ve used the tour to build some depth, expose some new players, and get exposure to the conditions,” Dobson explained. “We wanted two wins, but we were unfortunate with last week, which has put us under pressure.
“This is a tough place to go and they have brought some Irish internationals back. This is going to be a tough one for us. We want to see improved performance, and want to be more accurate with set piece and kicking game.
“We just want to be better. This is a tough place to get the win, but we will go for it.”
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