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The Stormers celebrate a try. Photo: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

CLOSER LOOK: Stormers well-placed for a top-two finish in URC

The Stormers have won seven consecutive home games to sit in second place on the United Rugby Championship standings.

Stormers

The Stormers celebrate a try. Photo: Shaun Roy/BackpagePix

It has been a remarkable run from the once largely unheralded Stormers team, who are next set for a table-topping clash with first-placed Leinster in Cape Town on Saturday.

With just two matches left in the regular season, the Stormers will be aiming for another big performance before they travel to Wales to face Scarlets in their last match ahead of the play-offs.

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A finish in the top four will earn them a home quarter-final at DHL Stadium, where they have proven to be formidable this season.

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After the Stormers’ latest win, coach John Dobson was full of praise for the way his team took control of their game against Glasgow Warriors in the second half.

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Glasgow had come into the game in third place on the standings, but the Stormers overwhelmed the Scottish outfit in the second half, scoring three tries after half-time to secure a crucial bonus point win which propelled them to second place.

“That second half was probably our best performance of this whole campaign,” Dobson said.

“We have got a really big, abrasive pack and some real x-factor, so we work hard on the offloads.

“I don’t think our DNA is a multi-phase approach like a lot of these northern hemisphere teams who want to go 20 phases and wear the defence down, that’s why the offload is so important,” Dobson explained.

The Stormers coach also paid tribute to captain Steven Kitshoff, who kept the team focused under pressure after enduring a challenging start against a motivated Glasgow outfit.

“Credit to Kitsie, there were some really good decisions around penalties and our line-out moves. We have been spoiled with our starts on this home run, and credit to them that we stayed calm and got better and better,” he said.