Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
27 Feb 2014
9:00 am

Elements to clash in Cape

Rudolph Jacobs

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers is adamant that tomorrow night's Super Rugby game against the Hurricanes at Newlands has become of great importance to them almost overnight.

FILE PICTURE: Jean de Villiers. Picture: Carl Fourie/Gallo Images.

After losing their opener against the Lions last week, De Villiers said the team dissected what went wrong and now it’s a simple case of getting back on the horse.

“The Hurricanes also lost last week but it has become a very important game for us to win,” said De Villiers.

“We are under pressure from the very first week and now it’s up to the team to turn the performance around, to rectify the mistakes and put the campaign back on track.”

De Villiers said that while they have had 14 weeks of tough pre-season, it’s all about showing guts “when the real compeitition gets under way”.

Coach Allister Coetzee said they don’t have to move the earth to realise what went wrong last week with the Stormers dominating possession but with the Lions controlling the scoreboard.

“It was a simple case of holding on to the ball, but we’ll take it on the chin, cut our losses and build from there,” he said.

For the Hurricanes game, Coetzee has remained conservative in selection with only fullback Jaco Taute coming in and centre Michael van der Spuy dropping out.