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Stormers come unstuck in Christchurch storm

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Sportal.co.nz     04 Mar 2014     Getty Images

That denied newcomers to the side, wing Sailosi Tagicakibau and first five-eighths Peter Grant, valuable time in their integration into the side.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers told Supersport.co.za that conditions were so bad training had to be called off.

"It has been really cold, wet and windy here the past few days and it turned for the worse today.

"We decided to postpone training as it was not ideal conditions to get things done. I must say it is probably some of the worst weather I have experienced in New Zealand – and it's meant to be summer here!" he said.

It is anticipated that Tagicakibau will play on Saturday at the expense of Kobus van Wyk, in spite of not playing consistently for London Irish who have loaned him to the Stormers for the Super Rugby season.

Grant may also force his way into the side after arriving from Japan because the Stormers have lacked authority at first five-eighths so far this season.

De Villiers said he was well aware the Stormers had never beaten the Crusaders in Christchurch. And in recent games in Cape Town, the Crusaders have won three out of four.

"Simply put, it is a great challenge for us against a very successful Super Rugby franchise," he said.

"Playing against the Crusaders is really tough, as you can note by the fact that no South African team has won there in ages.

"But that also means it's a great challenge for us. If we win there, we would have achieved something special, something we haven't achieved in the past and it's a great challenge for us as a young squad," he said.