But that’s exactly what the Stormers did on Friday in Melbourne when they cut off the supply line to the dangerous Rebels backs. Halfback pairing Will Genia and Quade Cooper are the architects of every Rebels attack, but the Stormers were alert to it through an intense defensive effort.
Although Genia eventually slipped through for a five-pointer late in the second half, the Stormers’ impressive line speed on defence had Cooper second-guessing all night.
It was instrumental in keeping the home team at bay and allowing the Stormers to claim a much-needed 41-24 victory - their first in 12 attempts on foreign soil.
“We put a huge emphasis on our defence this week, we knew Genia and Cooper would be a threat and the whole game plan revolves around them. We knew we had to get off the line and put them under pressure,” Stormers coach Robbie Fleck said.