Stormers captain Jean de Villiers, who will earn his 100th Super Rugby cap, admitted they have a massive game on hand, but the team showed in their one-point loss to the Crusaders last weekend that they can mix it with the best.
The match will also be flank Tanerau Latimer’s 100th in Super Rugby and his 95th for the Chiefs, after five outings for the Crusaders.
“We know the Chiefs will bring a very physical nature to their game,” said De Villiers, “but we believe they have some weaknesses which we will look to exploit, but it will require a huge effort”.
While the Stormers have won just one of their three matches, the Chiefs, who had a bye last weekend, are still unbeaten, having recorded wins over the highly-rated Crusaders and Highlanders.
But, said De Villiers, they experienced some spoiling tactics by the Crusaders last weekend, where players were being held back by their jerseys off the ball and early tackling.
Flank Schalk Burger – back to his best – was the target of prop Owen Franks last weekend.
“We certainly want to talk to the referee (SA’s Craig Joubert) before the game and I will give it a go during the game and be on his case,” said De Villiers.
Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith alluded this week to the striking power of the Stormers’ attacking play and he believed they are much more adventurous when they are on tour.