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Stormers determined to take their chance

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    19 Apr 2017     Getty Images

Head coach Robbie Fleck said from Auckland where the side is preparing for the game that the review of the defeat had highlighted the areas necessary for improvement and they were determined to not only learn the lessons but to step up against the Crusaders.

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"Every week we start from scratch, that is what we have been good at this year.

"Whether it is a win or a loss, we have got to come back and work hard all over again.

"This is the toughest competition around, when you take in the travel and who the opposition is," he told thestormers.com.

"The tour is not going to be easy but we are looking forward to it."

The Stormers will also play the Highlanders and Hurricanes on their tour.

Former Blues assistant coach Paul Feeney is now the skills and attack coach with the Stormers and he warned that challenges don't come much harder than what they face in Christchurch.

"The Crusaders are unbeaten, their forward pack is laden with All Blacks, they are playing confidently and they are at home, so it doesn't get much tougher than that.

"The boys are feeling good, we had a long travel over here but they are in good spirits. We are excited about the challenge of playing the Crusaders," he said.

The power and experience of the Crusaders forward pack would demand an almighty effort from the Stormers, if they were to succeed. But they were confident they could turn their performance around.

"They [the Crusaders] are very good at set-piece, very physical, very organised. It is the best forward pack going around in Super Rugby, it's as simple as that.

"We know it is a very good side, but we are excited by the challenge. We want to judge ourselves on our performance," he said.