The pressure is beginning to take its toll on the Stormers captain, Jean de Villiers.
Adnaan Mohamed writes that the Cape franchise has only won two out of six games in their Super 14 campaign thus far.
De Villiers’s team will come up against a formidable Waratahs outfit in Sydney on Saturday.
Last week the Tahs defeated the Blues (27-22) in Auckland, while the Stormers lost (11-7) against the Crusaders in Christchurch.
The team from Sydney is currently second on the log with 23 points. The Stormers are languishing in the ninth position on 13 points.
According to the Stormers captain his team is now feeling the pressure and they are going to pull out all the stops to come up with a positive result against the Waratahs on Saturday.
“We are obviously feeling the pressure and we realise that we haven’t won enough games, but we still feel we are on the right track.
“Hopefully things will go our way this weekend,” an optimistic
De Villiers said from his hotel room in Sydney on Wednesday.
De Villers and Gcobani Bobo will renew their midfield partnership for the Stormers against the Waratahs after they played at outside centre and wing respectively against the Crusaders last week.
Last year at Newlands they played against the Crusaders midfield paring Rob Horne and Tom Carter in wet weather.
De Villiers had this to say about them: “They are both great players who have found their feet and are particularly effective as a combination at this level. We will have to watch them closely.
The Stormers captain warned about the Waratahs dangerous back three, Sam Norton-Knight, Lauchie Turner and Lote Tuqiri who he believes can be devastating on attack.
“’Someone like Tuqiri has lots of pace and power. At fullback Sam Norton-Knight is a great footballer whokicks very well and I believe these three guys compliment each other well,” said De Villiers.
Last week against the Crusaders, the Cape side had a nightmare with their kicking game and struggled to get out of their own half and they have spent a lot of time this week to rectify this aspect of their game.
“Yes, we know that one of our biggest problems last week. Your kicking is just as good as the way the kicks are being followed up and how the pressure uis applied. We have worked hard on or kicking game this week. Hopefully will get it right on Saturday,” he added.Tweet