We have to play well: Jean

Jean de Villiers (Gallo)
Cape Town - The Stormers will not underestimate a struggling Lions outfit when they meet in a Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday, according to home side skipper Jean de Villiers.

The Johannesburg franchise arrive in Cape Town on the back of the suspension of coach John Mitchell while they cope with the debilitating effects of an undecided Super Rugby future.

De Villiers said the hosts would nonetheless approach the match with the same caution afforded to the top teams.

“Every team in this competition is dangerous and you cannot afford to relax, as the Sharks found out to their regret when they lost to the Lions,” De Villiers said.

"They have as much desire, so we have to play well, and equally they have just as much to play for.

"At the start of the week, when we looked ahead at the fixture, we realised that we're in for a tough game."

De Villiers, like the rest of the returning Springboks, had the option of enjoying a break after three back-to-back gruelling Tests against England, but he opted to lead the side.

"For us Springboks there is a feeling that we finished the Test series on a negative note," he said.

"This game gives us a chance to feel better by putting in a good performance."

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said he admired De Villiers for fronting up to the responsibility of captaining the side instead of resting.

“Jean was out for three weeks [prior to the Tests] with an injury so he was forced to rest, and even after the Tests he's still determined to play," Coetzee said.

"I wasn’t going to argue with him, especially since we're approaching the business end of Super Rugby.”

Interim Lions coach Johan Ackermann expected a tough contest from the SA conference leaders, and he said they would need to be prepared for a powerful Stormers side.

Ackermann's team are lying second from bottom with only two wins in the campaign.

"They are playing for a cup that they haven't won, so I think the motivation from their side won't be short," Ackermann said.

"We know it is going to be a tough ask and we are looking forward to a good challenge."

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Orrin Faulmann 2012-06-29 12:51:00 PM
here we go STORMERS, here we go !! SSSTTTOOORRRMMMEEERRRSSS
BlouMasjien BlouBloed 2012-06-29 12:54:43 PM
Isn't it a coincidence that saffa cat stop commenting on news 24 the same time ,that the teen was Arrested for Raping His Mother in the Western Cape? One plus one hey!
Michael Van Wyk 2012-06-29 01:12:15 PM
Make us once again proud Stormers you have achieved more than the bulls this season again!!!
Melt Esterhuizen 2012-06-29 01:35:46 PM
J de V ,goeie oordeel my vriend......moet geen span onderskat nie. Daar is goeie spelers in die Lions se span en wees bereid om hard te speel vir n moontlike wen en n 5 bpunte. Die Bulls het nog nie geleer nie, in van hul eerste wedstryde die Blues onder aan die puntleer onderskat en......? n Paar weke gelede het hulle "net opgedaag" om die Stormers se " B span" te vermorsel en.....? Die Sharks het hulle les geleer so staan vas en maak ten eerste seker van n wen en dan die bonus 5 punte. Gaan nie n maklike wedstryd wees nie, die Lions wil bewys hulle hoort in die Super 15 en gaan daarop uit wees om te wen. Sien uit na die twee SA wedstryde die naweek.
mack.myburgh 2012-06-29 01:47:31 PM
Stormers should win by 20 plus points !
deon.fouche.3 2012-06-29 02:21:39 PM
Hier is meer pienk koei gemors commets as enige iets anders. Hulle commets is net soos Morne se stelskoppe pale toe, USELESS!
Stephen Axtell 2012-06-29 03:56:36 PM
Oh dear the Dunces of Danville out in full force. Do these morons continually hit f5 waiting for a Stormers article
Jacobus Wynand Rautenbach 2012-06-30 10:25:26 AM
chaplinn go f$#k your momma
eltie4jody 2012-06-30 12:02:43 PM
Geen onderskating is goed ja,maar 5punte vi die Stomers sal beter beste wees vir ons stomers,so druk n paar asb