We’ll give it our best shot : Stormers

The Stormers know that they are on the edge of making history on Saturday when they contest their first-ever Super 14 final at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto against the Bulls.

After missing every one of the Super 14 finals so far the Stormers have made huge strides this year in not only finishing second but also in reaching the final.

Over the past two season the Bulls have transformed their game to become the best attacking team while this season the Stormers have developed the best defence.

Stormers captain Schalk Burger says that in a sense one could say the final will be the best offence versus the best defence. “In one way it will be, but there are so many facets of rugby that you have to try and control.

“You can’t defend for 80 minutes because then you lose the match, but luck has been a factor as well.” he said on the Stormers site.

Burger added that he was hoping that the Stormers will be able to keep their game style going after the final and into the Super15 which starts next year.

“Hopefully it can continue for the next few years. Playing in the final is obviously the last game this year and we’ve come this far and really want to pitch up for the final.

“They’re the best side in the Southern Hemisphere, so we have a lot of respect for them, but we want to make a good fist of it,” the flank said.

A number of Stormers are in the Springbok side that tackle Wales next week in Cardiff, but coach Allister Coetzee was not concerned that they would have one eye on that match.

“Definitely not. Our motto has been to focus on the job at hand. The players in this side put the team ahead of any individual, so the focus is all on this final.”

Coetzee said that he had a lot of respect for the Bulls but added that his players embracing the challenge of going up against the champions, “You just have to look at the senior players in this side to see why they are world class players.

“It’s because they embrace the challenge of playing against the best team in the final.”

“If you want to make your mark for yourself in SA Rugby then you don’t get a better opponent than the bulls.”

When asked to compare the pressure of a final away from home to a semi at home, the coach said it was a bit easier than last weekend.

“It’s been a bit easier this week in the sense that the Stormers franchise have played in a semi-final before and the players decided that they want to write their own story.

“We got to stop talking about 1999 and start talking about 2010 and they’ve done that. This week is a completely different motivation.”

“We know we have to embrace this opportunity. It’s a fantastic climax to a great opportunity.”

Burger added: “We’re a proud bunch of guys and we want to go out there and compete well on Saturday.

“It doesn’t happen every year, so we’ll give it our best shot.”

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