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Stormers line up Joubert ahead of Chiefs

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Mar 2014     Getty Images

De Villiers, who is playing his 100th Super Rugby game in the Waikato, told sport24.co.za the Stormers had been victims of 'off-the-ball holding' last week by the Crusaders and felt attention was needed for the problem.

Flanker Schalk Burger had been held consistently by the jersey at rucks and loose scrums.

"It is a very tough thing [holding] to handle, and you want to keep the game clean," de Villiers said.

"So either the ref needs to do something about it or we [the players] need to do something about it, and then it can get messy."

De Villiers said he would mention the matter to referee Joubert before the game and he would be on the case during the 80 minutes.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee claimed Crusaders management had told him after the game that 'off-the-ball stuff around the ruck was a tactic they've adopted'.

"They were open about it and said the Chiefs used the same tactics against them. We know it is going to happen again this week and we hope that the referee and his officials will sort it out.

"Who is going to deal with it if the officials do not?" he asked.

De Villiers wasn't too concerned about the prospect of leading his team out for his 100th game.

Nothing changed for him, he said, he always ran out first as captain anyway. What was more important was marking the occasion with a win.

"We are at a stage where we have to win and there is a lot of pressure on us to get the result.

"This is a must-win game for us, and we are playing against the champions on their home field," he said.