Corne Krige is predicting a five point Stormers win against the Sharks, saying the Cape-based region knows how to beat the Sharks.
Krige, speaking to the Argus’s Dale Granger, said: “We’ve got their number hey! A little bit like the Reds, we just know how to beat them. I learned during my career that history has little to do with the game at hand. But where it does have an influence is in the minds of the players.
“The bulk of the Stormers players have beaten the Sharks a few times before and can go into the game feeling quite confident. When we did lose to them in Wellington in 2001, Fleckie (Robbie Fleck) was cantering over to score and was tackled from behind (by Deon Kayser). In many ways we always knew what to expect from them and were confident that we could play to our potential and beat them.
“This year the Sharks have shown that they have a pack to be reckoned with. The battle between BJ Botha and JD Moller will be massive. I regard JD as very talented and of our best up-and-coming loosehead props.
“If the Stormers have parity up front and can win most of the lineouts they can be very dangerous and will stand a great chance of winning.
“They showed against the Crusaders what can happen when you go out with nothing to lose and are relaxed but focused, and enjoy yourselves.
“We know we can beat the Sharks. It’s all about putting it together on the day.
“When you’ve had a big win like the Crusaders, you can get overconfident, but I don’t believe that will be the case with the Stormers. It’s been such a tough season for the team and they’ll have their feet on the ground.
“The only danger is that they might climb back into their shells and play conservatively. They need to use their ability and unleash their dangerous backs and forwards, who are the unsung heroes. Nobody expected the Stormers pack to do well this season and they have.
“I’m giving this one to the Stormers by five points.”