Stormers confident of improved showing

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First five-eighths Elton Jantjies is expected to return off the bench, a similar prospect for lock Eben Etzebeth when the side play their second match against the Blues.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said in Auckland on Monday: "Elton and Eben are probably around 60 percent ready to play.

"Elton is looking particularly fine and he will be considered, although most likely he will start out on the bench.

Also looking good after injuries were wing Bryan Habana, flank Rynhardt Elstadt and hooker Scarra Ntubeni.

The Stormers had the bye in the most recent round of games but were still reflecting on their 22-15 win over the Sharks with a depleted team.

"The team that played against the Sharks did a superb job but we have a chance to draw on experienced players now and that's something that's of great benefit to the team.

"Continuity is one thing but more important is the balance of the team," Coetzee said.

He was expecting a close tussle with the Hurricanes on Friday.

"This is a really good all-round team that boasts great strength in the backline.

"We need to make sure that we play with accuracy and execute well. We will have to show respect for the ball," he said.

"We're here to do a job. The players have done well, and I could see at training that there was a nice energy and we're looking forward to stepping up preparations," he said.