sarugby.co.za and James Mortimer 29.Mar.2013Getty Images
In their nine visits to DHL Newlands, the Crusaders have left as winners five times. The Highlanders (four wins from nine) and Blues (four from seven) have also tasted a fair bit of success against the Stormers in South Africa, but it’s the Crusaders who enjoy winning in Cape Town the most.
And the Crusaders will arrive at DHL Newlands on Saturday buoyed by the fact that they had won their last two matches there. In fact, the Cantabrians are on a three-match winning streak against the Stormers, dating back to 30 April 2010, when the Capetonians won 42-14 at home.
Allister Coetzee, coach of the Stormers, realises it will be a very tough encounter on Saturday, but his team has taken a lot of confidence from their superb 35-22 victory last weekend over the Brumbies – amazingly their first bonus-point victory in Super Rugby in 21 months.
“The Crusaders are a top quality side,” said Coetzee. “They have won many Super Rugby titles and against a quality side like that, you have to make sure that your basics and your set-piece are working well.
“They are like the Brumbies – if you give them the ball, you don’t see it for a period of time. You are not just going to put them under pressure and turn the ball over you have got to really work hard and look after yours.
“They are also very accurate and have a great line-out, which is difficult to contest. Their line-out accuracy is very good, and is important in terms of their success rate.
“Our set-piece will again be crucial and we are going to have to take our opportunities against them, like we did against the Brumbies. We have to reproduce what we did last weekend – that's the bottom line.”