Jean glad Bryan's back

 Apr 24,2013
Written by: Editor

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers welcomed his long-time Springbok team-mate Bryan Habana back to the team's line-up for Friday's hit-out with the Hurricanes.

After seven weeks on the sidelines, Habana made a strong recovery from a knee injury which he sustained on March 9.
In typical De Villiers fashion, however, the Stormers skipper joked: "Bryan's still a bit rusty... I'm not sure if his fitness is quite there yet. I'm just joking... Bryan's sitting next to me in the room as I'm talking to you!
"Seriously though, it's always great to get back a player of his quality - obviously it will help a lot with the decision-making on the field as well. It takes a bit of pressure off me, having another senior player back, and hopefully that's the last injury he will get in a Stormers jersey.
"Bryan's a prolific try-scorer and he's massive in that regard for us too," added De Villiers.

"He's massive for us, in many ways, and the opposition keeping an eye on him can hopefully open things up for those around him too."

While the Stormers have relied heavily on their forwards to lay the foundation for their game-plan this season, De Villiers feels the onus will be on his fellow backliners to carry the can on Friday.

"The Hurricanes have a quality backline and that's a challenge for us," said De Villiers.

"They play a style that is attacking and they don't mind taking chances.

"This is one game where our backline will have to front up, more so than the forwards."

The media build-up to the match had been overshadowed by the publicity of Hurricanes wing Julian Savea, who was slapped with an assault charge earlier this week. On Wednesday, Savea decided to withdraw from the team.

"We've read about it (Savea's court case) and it's not a nice thing but it does not affect us," De Villiers said.

"We focus on what is happening in our team and we know that whoever will replace him will be just as capable.”



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