De Villiers: Stormers one point win is a huge win

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers has praised his team for their come from behind Super Rugby victory over the Hurricanes at Newlands on Friday.

The Stormers lost their Super Rugby season opening match 34-10 to the Lions at Ellis Park but bounced back by beating the Hurricanes 19-18 at Newlands.

The Stormers needed a 77th minute Deon Fourie push over try to overtake the Hurricanes on the scoreboard and trailed 6-12 at half time.

Speaking after the match De Villiers thanked the Newlands fans for their support and praised the players character in bouncing back having lost their season opener.

“The guys showed plenty of character tonight after a very tough week,” said De Villiers on the Stormers site.

“It wasn’t perfect, but we will take it and I’d really like to thank The Faithful for standing behind us tonight – over 31,000 people were in the crowd and they certainly made themselves heard.”

The Stormers skipper added, “This win… the one point, it’s huge – it’s a huge win.”

“It doesn’t matter how we did it or how we got it… we got it. The margins are small in this competition… before you wipe your eyes out you could find yourself (low) down on the log, so you take any wins in the Super Rugby tournament.”

The Stormers will fly to New Zealand on Sunday afternoon on a tough four-match tour, which sees them take on the Crusaders in Christchurch next Saturday – where they have never won.

“At the moment, as I sit her now, our focus is on enjoying this win and then focusing on Crusaders,” said De Villiers when asked to rate his team’s chances on their four-match tour.

“The key, right now, is for us to learn from our errors.”

“Yes, the maul worked for us in the end this week, but we didn’t get (the) points on three/four occasions before that when I elected to kick for the corner. “

“Maybe we need to sit down and take a look and say let’s take the points on offer (all the time). The key is to keep making the right decisions and, if not, to learn from the wrong ones.”

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