De Villiers warns Crusaders

    2013-03-29 13:04

    Cape Town - While the Crusaders have always run out at Newlands with an air of invincibility, Stormers captain Jean de Villiers has cautioned that his team will not be in awe of the seven-time champions when they host Super Rugby's most decorated team at Newlands on Saturday.

    "We have respect for what the Crusaders achieved in the past, but when you hit the grass, it’s you versus them," De Villiers said in the build-up to the match.

    "The respect will be there, but at 19:10 on Saturday, that all goes out of the window.”

    The Stormers have not shown any signs of uneasiness after their tight five were robbed of the services of powerhouses Tiaan Liebenberg and Steven Kitshoff, and De Villiers felt the pack, as a unit, had been superb. He singled out lock Andries Bekker as the stand-out performer.

    "I have to compliment the pack and those who do their jobs around him (Bekker), to maybe free him up a bit and allow him to run with the ball a bit more," the skipper said.

    "You need (fellow lock) De Kock Steenkamp to hit 20 to 30 rucks for him (Bekker) to do that, and the pack, as a whole, has done well.

    "Hopefully he can just stay fit and we can keep him on the park and get as much game time as we can from him. We have seen how instrumental he has been in our performances."

    The Crusaders arrived in the Mother City without three of their stalwarts - Dan Carter, Kieran Read and Richie McCaw - but the tourists have a superb success rate at Newlands, even when fielding substantially weakened teams in the past.

    Containing the form of Bekker, according to Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder, would be key to their success.

    "We are really confident this young team will step up," Blackadder said.

    "He (Bekker) is their talisman and if you can put pressure on him you can pressurise the whole team."

    Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

    Comment on this story
    Add your comment
    Comment 0 characters remaining
    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk
    Most Read


    13 February 2015
    • Crusaders v Melbourne Rebels, Christchurch 08:35
    • Brumbies v Reds, Canberra 10:40
    • Lions v Hurricanes, Johannesburg 19:10
    14 February 2015
    • Blues v Chiefs, Albany 08:35
    • Sharks v Cheetahs, Durban 17:05
    • Bulls v Stormers, Pretoria 19:10
    15 February 2015
    • Waratahs v Western Force, Sydney 07:05


    02 August 2014
    26 July 2014
    19 July 2014
    12 July 2014
    11 July 2014
    06 July 2014
    05 July 2014
    04 July 2014
    28 June 2014
    27 June 2014
    31 May 2014
    30 May 2014
    24 May 2014
    23 May 2014
    18 May 2014
    17 May 2014
    16 May 2014
    11 May 2014
    10 May 2014
    09 May 2014
    03 May 2014
    02 May 2014
    26 April 2014
    25 April 2014
    19 April 2014
    18 April 2014
    12 April 2014
    11 April 2014
    05 April 2014
    04 April 2014
    29 March 2014
    28 March 2014
    22 March 2014
    21 March 2014
    15 March 2014
    14 March 2014
    08 March 2014
    07 March 2014
    01 March 2014
    28 February 2014
    23 February 2014
    22 February 2014
    21 February 2014
    15 February 2014


    Rank Team P W Pts

    Opinion Poll

    Does the Waratahs' Super Rugby victory give the Wallabies an edge heading into the Rugby Championship?

    Monday Quiz Madness!

    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.