Dobson: Stormers will be better

Stormers coach John Dobson expects his team to perform better than they did before the lockdown when they return to action.

The Stormers will face the Lions in the second match of a ‘pre-season’ double-header at Loftus Versfeld on Saturday.

Dobson says having looked critically at every aspect of their game during the lockdown, and adjusted their training accordingly, he expects them to take their game to another level.

'The way we have trained, other than set-piece because we have only started that lately, my view is that we would beat us from March. The way we are training now is considerably superior to how we were training in March in terms of skill and intensity.

'I have got no doubt whatsoever that we are going to be a better team than we were before.'

The Stormers won their first four matches of the 2020 Super Rugby season, before suffering two defeats. The tournament was then suspended – and later cancelled – due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

'When you have lost two in a row you go really deep, maybe too deep in some ways,' said Dobson. 'We looked at everything, from our culture, training methods, times, recovery systems, territory game, everything has been pulled apart and we are very excited about the changes we have made.

“We have worked probably the most on our kicking and territory game, our kicking system, getting our chase right and upskilling the likes of Herschel [Jantjies] Damian [Willemse] Godlen [Masimla]. That has probably been the biggest part of our game change.'