Jean de Villiers was not joking last Saturday night when he said after the match against the Reds the Stormers were aiming to win all four matches on their Super 14 rugby tour of Australasia.
“We believe we can do it,” the Stormers captain said from Auckland on Monday.
“To play the Blues in Auckland will be an extremely tough assignment. They are in good form,” the Springbok centre added.
But after beating the Reds 34-16 in Brisbane, De Villiers believes the Stormers can keep on winning.
Stephen Nell of Die Burger writes that the South Africans are training in Auckland but will travel to Hamilton on Thursday for the match against the Chiefs on Friday night. They will be back in Auckland on Saturday to prepare for the match against the Blues a week later.
On their way back to South Africa, they play the Western Force in Perth on March 28.
De Villiers feels the big victory in Brisbane will give his team much confidence after home defeats against the Bulls and the Crusaders.
“We believe we can play better than we did against the Reds. We still made too many errors but it is fantastic to have our first win behind us.”
BUILDING A COMBINATION
His team scored four tries in Brisbane, where hooker Schalk Brits provided the spark on the attack to turn the game around.
De Villiers is happy with his own game, even though he and his midfield partner, Gcobani Bobo, have been criticised for not being more creative.
“I am happy with where I am,” he said. “I set myself certain targets and I have now played in four matches since recovering from my injury.
“I’m not as sharp as I can be but I’m defending well. Now I have to get my attacking game going.”
De Villiers said he and Bobo were building a combination and it would take some time.
“We said from the start we were busy with a process. If we can build on last Saturday’s win the season could turn out well.”
He is nevertheless wary of the Chiefs. “They have fantastic individuals; players with great finishing ability. We can’t afford to give them any attacking opportunities.”Tweet