Game against Crusaders a huge challenge: Etzebeth

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After a bye week, the Stormers return to Super Rugby action at Newlands Stadium this Saturday, as they host the in-form team of the tournament so far, the Crusaders.

It will be a huge challenge for Robbie Fleck’s side who are currently bottom of the South African conference, but with the league so tight, they are still in the race for a place for the knockout stages, and are just 5 points behind the Sharks at the top of the table.

Eben Etzebeth says the Crusaders, who will be playing their fourth successive game against a South African team, have been good all season; and he is expecting a tough game.

Etzebeth says these are types of games that players are easily motivated for, and playing against the Crusaders is a huge challenge.

The 27-year-old will be heading to Toulon in France after the World Cup, but says his mind is completely focused on the Stormers now.

Etzebeth says that they need to face the rest of the round-robin like a knockout competition, with every game now a must-win if they want to play in the knockout stages.

Etzebeth says beating the Crusaders would be a massive confidence boost, and could give them the self-belief to go all the way in the competition.

While the Crusaders are known to have a bit of a fan base in the Cape, Etzebeth says they do not give them a second thought and are only concerned about their own fans. – Report by Rob Delport