Spears get four ‘Test’ matches

The Spears have at least five more fixtures before they make their Currie Cup debut later this year.

Having already played the Cheetahs (0-48) and Cats (11-29), the new South African franchise will take on the Stormers in Wellington on Saturday, before playing home and away matches against Kenya (28 February and 4 March) and two away matches against Namibia (24 and 31 March).

Both countries would struggle to reach the semi-finals of the Vodacom Cup, but at least the Spears can boost their confidence ahead of the Currie Cup.

Meanwhile, Spears No 8 and captain Ashley Johnson should return to the side to face the Stormers, after hurting his ankle against the Cheetahs. However, left wing Luvo Sogidashe won’t be named among Pieter de Villiers’s starting XV, after taking a heavy knock from Cats lock Willem Stoltz.

De Villiers said he was satsified with his team’s effort against the Cats and hopes for a similiar 80 minutes on Saturday.

“We created lots of chances but it was unfortunate that we couldn’t convert them into tries,” he said. “I think we stuck to our game plan and we made the Cats look ordinary.”

The Spears tight five gave their Cats counterparts a tough time, and it’s in this area of the game that they could test the Stormers – who are known to struggle up front.

“I worked very hard with our tight five before the Cats game,” said De Villiers. “I think they responded well.”

De Villiers will name his team on Wednesday or Thursday.