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Stormers want unbeaten tour.

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Stormers, Super 14 on 11 Mar 2008 at 06:39

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.”


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.”


  • It’s okay guys this article is not bait for an impending Shark attack.

    Chiefs, Blues, Force to come. Do you think the Stormers can do it?

    2/3 is my prediction IF they play as well as they did against the Reds.

  • Comment 1, posted at 11.03.08 09:30:55 by KSA Shark © Reply
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  • WLW is the way i see it.
    WWW would be alot better though

  • Comment 2, posted at 11.03.08 09:32:19 by provincejoulekkading Reply
  • Blues are soft! Just tackle them and they start to fall apart. Afterwards, they’ll complain about the ref. Prima donnas

  • Comment 3, posted at 11.03.08 09:36:46 by robdylan Reply
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  • On va udder hand derren, I think they could lose all three. Not becasue I want it that way, but don’t measure yourselves against the Reds and suddenly believe you are world champs. The Blues, Chiefs and Force are no chumps.

    Can the Stormers sustain their physical game, something new to them?

  • Comment 4, posted at 11.03.08 09:42:47 by hellbent Reply

  • 2 more wins on tour would be great, and it just shows that the Stormers can actually run the ball well when they make a conscious effort. They need to work on their ball handling because they are making too many simple errors. Oh, and they need to tell that Fijian to run at more than half-pace, because I don’t think he realises how strong he is.

    Predicting what the Stormers are going to do on the day though, is very, very hard… I think the only results I’ve gotten wrong in SuperBru all season have been the Stormers games!

  • Comment 5, posted at 11.03.08 09:52:47 by Ghost10 Reply

  • I’ve been very critical of the Stormers over the last few weeks, because it didn’t seem like they’d progressed since last season. But on Saturday, it looked almost as if the players went against Rassie Erasmus’ methods and just decided to play to their strengths and run most of the ball they got (almost like England alledgedly went against Ashton in the WC).

    If (and it’s a BIG if) the Stormers can get another couple of wins on tour and really build up some self-belief, then they could be an outside bet for the semis, because their last six games read…
    * Cheetahs (H)
    * Hurricanes (H)
    * Highlanders (H)
    * Brumbies (H)
    * Waratahs (H)
    * Lions (A)

    I just hope they don’t come to regret those narrow losses against the Bulls and Sharks at the start.

  • Comment 6, posted at 11.03.08 10:18:05 by Ghost10 Reply

  • Yeah those last six game have no real BIG challengers in there.

    Cheetahs, Lions, Brumbies should be comfortable wins.
    The others a little more difficult but not impossible

  • Comment 7, posted at 11.03.08 10:33:47 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • The Stormers will be lucky to get another win on tour. Sure they played well against the Reds but the Reds are a joke at the moment and we all know the Stormers blow hot and cold. If they want to win another game, then Chiefs is their best chance!

  • Comment 8, posted at 11.03.08 23:15:25 by Villie Reply
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  • They probably should take the Chiefs, but they are going to come horribly unstuck against the Blues and the Force

  • Comment 9, posted at 11.03.08 23:19:05 by robdylan Reply
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  • Rob I agree.

    Would love to be proved wrong but just can’t see them beating the Blues or Force. However the Stormers are so damn unpredictable, they will probably lose to the Chiefs by 50 and end up beating the Blues!

  • Comment 10, posted at 11.03.08 23:51:29 by Villie Reply
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  • hey – suits me down to the ground. We need SOMEBODY to take some points off the Blues so we can beat them into second. Luckily, they are playing the Saders in Christchurch, so they’ll definitely drop that game, at least.

  • Comment 11, posted at 12.03.08 00:04:45 by robdylan Reply
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  • KSA I would not right off the Brumbies at all… compare what a full-strength (bar Burger) Stormers did to the Reds… then compare what an understrength young Brumbies team did to the Reds… by the time they meet we might see Rathbone, Mortlock and a few others back and raring to go…

  • Comment 12, posted at 12.03.08 03:29:33 by bryce_in_oz Reply

  • Agree, bryce. The Brumbies are starting to worry me this year

  • Comment 13, posted at 12.03.08 07:44:04 by robdylan Reply
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