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The Stormers might have left it too late to do anything more than secure a Super Rugby play-off wild card‚ but last Saturday’s draw against defending champions Crusaders felt like a significant moment. In a match that looked more intense than 90% of Super Rugby matches‚ the Stormers went toe-to-toe with one of the greatest club sides in history. They did not win‚ but few would disagree that they deserved something from the match. Now they have four matches left‚ three at home‚ and a six-point deficit to the top sides in the SA conference‚ the Bulls and Jaguares. It means winning the conference is out of their hands — they need the Jaguares and others above them to stumble. The Lions and Sharks, two teams the Stormers still have to play, are ahead of the Western Cape side, so the Stormers can still control edging ahead of them.

Under-pressure coach Robbie Fleck described Saturday’s 19-19 draw as a “Rubicon moment”‚ referencing when Julius Caesar and his army crossed the Rubic...

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