Stormers tough, but not toughest
Cape Town - Melbourne Rebels skipper Scott Higginbotham
denies that South African Super Rugby teams are more physical than their
Australian and New Zealand counterparts.
The Rebels are in Cape Town to take on the
Stormers on Saturday, and while Higginbotham was full of praise for his weekend
opponents, he was not backing down at the prospect of a physical battle.
“Every Super Rugby game is tough and as you
can tell from the records it’s always tough to win in South Africa,” said
“They have a physical forward pack and
quick backs to top that.
“But I wouldn’t say that (SA sides are more
physical). I think home derbies in Super Rugby are the most difficult out of
The Rebels are a vastly improved side this
season from the one that finished bottom of the combined log in 2014. Having
already notched up six wins this time out, Higginbotham tried to explain what
the difference was between this squad and last year’s.
“There’s a lot more confidence now. Not
just confidence in the coaching staff, but confidence in each other,” he said.
“We’re a great group of mates and I think
that’s the way we play – we sort of play for each other. The experience and the
mateship really comes out when we play.”
The Rebels, who have never won on South
African soil, are third in the Australian conference.
Kick-off on Saturday is at 19:10.