Pete Wilkins: Stormers preview

15 May 2024

Pete Wilkins: Stormers preview

After defeat to Munster in Thomond Park last weekend Connacht are now in a position where a win is a must if they hope to be in with a chance of making the playoffs of the BKT United Rugby Championship this season.

This Saturday Stormers come to Dexcom Stadium where the South African side will still have hope of climbing into the top four. The match will be the final game in front of the Clan Stand before redevelopment begins.

Speaking ahead of the game to the media was Head Coach Pete Wilkins who was first asked about the fitness of Mack Hansen.

"I don't expect Mack to be available this weekend"

"He's 90% there in his return to fitness but his shoulder isn't at the point yet where we can be confident in the live contact side of things"

Wilkins spoke about the defeat down in Limerick last Saturday.

"After such a disappointing performance, a disappointing scoreline in what was a enormous game for us away to Munster, of course it was a blow at this stage of the season. We aren't hiding away from that performance, as coaches and players we know we didn't perform on the day"

Foucs now turns to the Stormers this weekend at Dexcom Stadium.

"We are playing one of the best teams in the URC, a team that is extremely dangerous in attack but also one of the best dominant tackling teams"

"Last season they beat us in the semi-final so we know all about their qualities"

"They are coming with all their Springboks. It's our last home game in front of the Clan Stand as it is so there is a lot of noise around this one"

"For us as a group we have to remain totally focused on what we need to do"