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Stormers return home for first time in 2013 to host the champions

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thestormers.co.za and James Mortimer     04 Mar 2013     Getty Images

It will be the first time since 2009 the Chiefs have played in Cape Town, winning 28-14 the season the Waikato based franchise reached their first final, while they have claimed Stormers scalps twice in their last three visits to the Republic.

Stormers coach Alistair Coetzee said they were looking forward to returning to base camp.

“It’s always great playing in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful – we can’t wait to run out in front of our home crowd again,” said Coetzee.

“We want to get things right for our fans but it certainly doesn’t get any easier in this tournament – after two tough games away from home, we’re now playing against the defending champs – albeit at home.

“The good thing is that this team has character – plenty of character – and they can bounce back.”

“Yes, results are important… but the guys will keep improving and I’m looking for even more (improvement) against the Chiefs this weekend.

“We had a similar start to the season back in 2008 and, yet, we were still in play-off contention by the end of the season. Nobody wants to lose, and we’re not used to losing, but it’s up to us to bounce back.”

Tighthead prop Frans Malherbe (stiff neck) was the only player to report a niggle after Saturday, whilst, according to Coetzee, there were a few other bumps and bruises that one would expect from a physical Super Rugby clash between two top sides.

“Those bumps and bruises are typical of such a physical fixture,” said Coetzee. “Frans had a bit of a stiff neck but we’re hoping it’s not serious.”