The Stormers chances of reaching the Super Rugby knockout stages took a big knock on Saturday when they lost to the Lions at Ellis Park.

However despite the defeat, and Eben Etzebeth and Cobus Wiese joining a long list of injuries at the Cape Town franchise, Stormers flyhalf Josh Stander says they still believe they can sneak into the play-offs if they win their last two home games, starting against the Sunwolves on Saturday.

Etzebeth and Wiese join other high profile players on the injury list like Siya Kolisi and Peter-Steph Du Toit, but Stander says they need to just buckle down and hope the new players who come in step up.

Stander joined the Stormers and Western Province last year from the Blue Bulls, and he says is happy to be getting as much game time as he has been recently.

The Cradock-born player knows it will not be easy against the Sunwolves on Saturday, but he is confident they can get a good result. – Report by Rob Delport