There were glimpses of how good the Stormers could be during their 33-28 win over the Bulls in a pre-season Super Hero Sunday clash, but the sliver lining is surrounded by a dark cloud. Warring factions in the Western Province hierarchy‚ where elected officials on the Western Province Rugby Football Union (WPRFU) executive committee are trying to wrestle power away from the board of WP Rugby (the professional arm)‚ have overshadowed the season’s build up. The power struggle has already drawn the players into its vortex after a senior delegation made it clear they wanted assistant coach Paul Treu out last week. The WPR board has agreed to begin an exit strategy for Treu‚ but the WPRFU executive committee wants Treu‚ not only to stay on‚ but also to be promoted to director of rugby. Against this backdrop‚ which is having a negative impact on players and staff‚ Stormers coach Robbie Fleck is trying to prepare for a Super Rugby campaign. In front of nearly 50,000 at the Cape Town Stadiu...

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