Fleet-footed loose forward Hacjivah Dayimani is ready for a ‘battle in the trenches’ in the Stormers’ clash with Connacht in Galway on Saturday.
The Cape side edged local rivals the Vodacom Bulls, Lions and Sharks in their recent South African leg of the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
But Dayimani, who has embraced the Stormers’ running game in the sunny and dry conditions of SA, believes a forecast of rain in Galway will necessitate a more cautious approach from John Dobson’s charges.
“It’s going to be a different game for us and we are preparing for that. That’s our mindset this week: to expect anything – it’s going to rain, it’s not going to be pleasant,” he said.
“It’s going to be like we’re in the trenches, but some of us are often in the trenches, so we are going to adapt to the conditions and that’s our mindset for the week.”
Known more for his try-scoring breaks and speed for the Stormers, Dayimani also understands the benefits of having a more rounded skill set, especially as the more abrasive Evan Roos returns to training and gears up for tussle for the No 8 jersey.
“The type of game I’m trying to play at the Stormers suits the team; the coaches and players are all aligned and it works for me … some days I’m tight, some days I’m on the edges,” the former Lions star added.
“When I moved to the Stormers, a lot of emphasis was on my off-the- ball work … what I do when I’m in space without the ball.”