Cheika: Waratahs caught Stormers at a good time

Waratahs Super Rugby coach Michael Cheika says that his New South Wales side were fortunate to have caught the Stormers when they did.

The Waratahs won their first Super Rugby match in Cape Town against the Stormers since 2006 on Saturday and Cheika says they got the Stormers when they were at one of their weakest times.

“We got them in a good week. They had just had four weeks on tour, had a few injuries, no Jean de Villiers, no Schalk Burger, no Gio Aplon, so it hurt them,” Cheika said.

“We wanted put them under a bit of pressure. They were feeling the pressure a bit. You could just feel it in Cape Town that there was expectation on them.”

Cheika said he was pleased that his charges took advantage of the situation and managed to record an away win.

“In a season where it seems the ledger of home and away wins is going to be quite important, any away win you get is going to be quite valuable,” said Cheika.

“To be fair to the Stormers, we were a week into our three (tour) weeks so we were all feeling sharp.

“So I think we have to be realistic around that too, but we took advantage of the situation, and were able to come away with something.”

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