Handre Pollard admitted that the Stormers’ children made it troublesome for Leicester Tigers to execute their plan within the opening-round Champions Cup conflict at Welford Street.

The Stormers, with out a host of Springboks and star gamers left in Cape City to arrange for the house match in opposition to defending champions La Rochelle, got here inside three minutes of securing a shocking outcome after taking a shock 17-10 lead at half-time in Leicester.

EURO CUPS: SA teams bolt out of the blocks

It was solely a 23-point haul from Pollard, who despatched wing Josh Bassett over for the bonus-point attempt within the closing play of the match, that secured the Tigers a 35-26 victory and denied the guests a deserved shedding bonus level.

“It wasn’t a super first 40 for us; credit score to the Stormers although, they introduced in a physicality and an depth that was fairly good and their kicking sport was unbelievable first half,” Pollard informed TNT Sports activities after the match.

“They put us underneath stress, however we had chat at half-time, a couple of powerful phrases, and fortuitously we turned it spherical within the second half.

“Not best, not excellent, however we’ll undoubtedly take the win.

“[Leicester coach] Dan [McKellar] just isn’t an indignant man, he’s a reasonably chilled man, however to see him revved up was good,” Pollard added.

“We simply stated we’ve acquired plan, we knew our plan was the proper plan, we simply didn’t execute within the first half. However once more, credit score to the Stormers, they didn’t permit us to do this.”

Pollard’s reverse quantity and fellow Paarl Gimnasium previous boy Jurie Matthee scored 16 factors, together with a well-taken drop-goal, on his debut for the Stormers.

There have been additionally excellent performances from locks Connor Evans and Hendre Stassen, who began their first sport collectively as a second-row pair, and try-scoring No 8 Keke Morabe.

“After all, they [Stormers] left a couple of massive names at house however they’ve acquired loads of depth,” Pollard stated. “There’s loads of depth in South African rugby and we felt that tonight, unbelievable effort from them.

“It’s undoubtedly extra reduction however we’ll take pleasure in it nonetheless. We’ll return and work onerous as a result of we all know there’s an enormous problem coming for us in Paris.”

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