While many believe the Crusaders are there for the taking after suffering consecutive Super Rugby losses to the Chiefs and the Blues, the Stormers haven’t exactly been firing on all cylinders.
But it’s their two trump cards on the bench who could upset the apple cart, flyhalf Peter Grant – who joined the team from Japan this week – and new wing signing Sailosi Tagicakibau, who arrived from London Irish a few days ago.
“Losi (Tagicakibau) has fitted in very well – in the changeroom after the Hurricanes match and in the gym this week,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.
“We were looking forward to him making an impact in our first full ) session and against the Crusaders. It’s also good to have Peter Grant back.
“He’s hungry to play again after missing the majority of last year’s campaign and having not played a lot in Japan.
“He’s a good team man and will slot in well as always. given his experience and standing in our environment,” said Coetzee.
But the biggest question mark lingering over the Stormers for the last four seasons has been their inability to strike wide, preferring bash it up front with their pack trying to milk penalties.
And while pundits have dismissed the Crusaders’ Super Rugby title hopes, they remain a force at home.