Rugby news from Western Province:
Etzebeth ‘fired up’ for DHL Stormers:
Eben Etzebeth says that the DHL Stormers will have to be ‘fired up and ready’ when they face Vodacom Super Rugby defending champions the Crusaders at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The DHL Stormers are coming off a bye week and host the New Zealand log-leaders in a match that kicks off at 17h15 on Saturday, with tickets available from wprugby.computicket.com or any Computicket outlet.
The towering DHL Stormers lock is looking forward to the challenge that the Crusaders will bring in what should be a blockbuster clash this weekend.
“If we can win this game; firstly they are the defending champions, so that is one box ticked. They are also far ahead in the competition, so if you can beat the number one team, you can probably beat all the other teams. It will definitely be a very positive thing for us if we can pull this one off,” he said.
Etzebeth said that considering the Crusaders’ record and their performances this season, the DHL Stormers will have to be at their best to get the win in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful.
“Because they are number one and because they are the champions, the guys will be fired up and ready.
“It is always the big ones that you want to play in, you know it is going to be tough and you can get yourself up for it,” he said.
Having recently returned from injury, 60-cap Etzebeth is keen to impose himself and hit his straps physically.
“I am feeling good. It is nice to be able to play Vodacom Super Rugby. I missed the whole of last season and have also been out for a few games this year through injury. I am looking to finish the season off,” he added.