Elated De Villiers eyes Stormers play off spot



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Stormers captain Jean de Villiers believes that his team are on the right track and that a semi-final berth is a possibility even though he doesn’t want to think about it too much.

The Stormers returned from New Zealand and Australia on the weekend where they picked up 16 points from their four matches after three wins and a narrow defeat which means that the Stormers are placed 6th.

The Stormers have a bye this week and then they have five consecutive games at home before an away trip to the Lions to finish the round robin section of the tournament.

Being in sixth place now and with five games at home the Stormers are sitting fairly comfortably.


In their most recent match against the Force who had been touted as big favourites for the match the Stormers scored twice as many points as the home team and made Australia’s highest placed team look somewhat second rate.


De Villiers says on the Stormers web site that he was elated with the great performance on tour. ‘Three out of four, yes, I am very glad about that.

“We said right from the start we wanted to win all four, but unfortunately it didn’t happen.

‘We are, however, happy with the points we brought home ‘ 16 points are basically four wins. We are chuffed with the bonus points we’ve earned. Now we will enjoy our week off and then we will try to get a number of victories at home.’

Asked whether a semifinal spot was a talking point within the squad, the centre said the team prefers not to talk about it too much. ‘We believe we should take it game by game and to focus on that. We need to get the results in every game, then the semifinal spot would take care of itself.

‘You are in danger of coming unstuck if you focus too much on the end product instead of taking it step by step. That is why we focus on every match and every week. We will enjoy our bye and then we are looking forward to the Cheetahs at Newlands.’

De Villiers admitted it was very disappointing losing in the final minute to the Blues courtesy of a penalty kick. He said: ‘We stood under the poles and Schalk Burger told me he really hoped the kick would be a miss.

‘Unfortunately it didn’t happen. Maybe they were even a little bit better than us on the day. They had more possession and sometimes you just have to accept it. If the kick wasn’t over, we would have gotten a draw.

‘That would have mean’t we would have moved up two spots on the log, because there are two teams with only point more than us just above us. But we will not reminisce on what could have happened, we need to focus on what lies ahead.’


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