Stormers back-row forward Schalk Burger acknowledges his side must perform at their very best to beat the Chiefs in Friday's match.
Stormers back-row Schalk Burger acknowledges his side must perform at their very best to beat the Chiefs in Friday's match.
The Stormers have endured a slow start to their Super Rugby campaign, losing two from three games. And Burger admits Allister Coetzee's men must step it up against the defending champions in Waikato.
The Springbok was a standout performer in the Cape Town franchise's narrow 14-13 loss to the Crusaders last weekend, and reckons his team-mates know improvement is a must.
“They've got all the bases covered and we'll have to play out of our skins this weekend. I think the boys know that,” Burger told SuperSport.
Coetzee admitted that the Stormers – who have won two from their past three visits to Hamilton – must be on top of their game to mark skipper Jean de Villiers' 100th match for the team with a victory.
“There are a couple of sore bodies in the team, but the belief is there and the excitement is there,” said Coetzee.
“We're under no illusions that it will be tough against the Chiefs in Hamilton, but if you want to play at the highest level this is what you have to face.
“We know we have to pitch up physically in order to come out on top, but even more so for Jean de Villiers as we would love to make it special for him on this great occasion.
“He is a true warrior and a real Western Province rugby man and we're hoping to make this 100th game special for him. It is something he deserves.”