Burger relishes Argentine challenge
Cape Town - The Stormers will play their first Super Rugby
match in Argentina this weekend, which is a challenge that stalwart Schalk
Burger is looking forward to.
It will be a historic occasion when the Stormers run out at
the Velez Sarsfield Stadium in Buenos Aires on Saturday, for what the
experienced Burger knows will be an intense encounter against a dangerous
For most of the squad it will be a completely new
experience, which is a challenge they should embrace according to Burger.
“Obviously there is a lot of passion out there, and it is a
hostile environment to go over and play in,” Burger told the Stormers’ official
“But we must embrace it, it is not one of those countries
that we travel to very often and not a lot of the players in this group has
been there so it is exciting to go to a new venue.
“It is a tough environment to go and play well in, but it is
a challenge that we will gladly accept,” he said.
As one of the players in the squad who has played in
Argentina before, Burger is expecting an electric atmosphere.
“I have been fortunate enough to go there quite a few times,
we have got a lot in common - they have got a lust for life and they are very
passionate about their rugby.
“It is a really nice stadium and the crowd is right on top
of you, and they really get it going which doesn’t always come across when you
watch it on TV,” he said.
Although the Jaguares have only won one of their three games
this season, the Stormers are expecting a serious test from a team packed with
“From a Jaguares point of view they do play a lot with the
ball, traditionally they get a lot of energy from their forwards and they still
do through their scrum and their driving maul.
“This team likes to have ball in hand and take chances, and
they play with immense energy.
“They are a good team with a lot of internationals and they
will play for 80 minutes like their game against the Chiefs where it almost
looked like they were down and out but they never stopped playing.
“The trick for us will be to perform at a high level, but
also stay composed within our structures.
“It doesn’t get easier, every week is a big challenge and we
have one more to go before a bye so let’s give it horns,” Burger added.
Saturday’s clash is scheduled for 23:40 (SA time).