Bryan Habana set to face former club in Super 14 Final

By Robin Woolley
Flying-winger Bryan Habana will face his former club in this weekend’s Super 14 Final

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Flying-winger Bryan Habana will face his former club in this weekend’s Super 14 Final in Soweto, South Africa.

The Cape Town based Stormers will tackle the Bulls, their long-standing rivals, in an all South African affair this weekend.

The perennially-underachieving Stormers have swept all before them in this year’s competition, based on a watertight defence.

They booked their place in their first ever Super Rugby Final with a confident 25-6 win over the New South Wales Waratahs at Newlands last weekend.

Centre Juan De Jongh scored a magnificent individual try to set the home side on their way to victory, side-stepping three players on route to the posts.

Peter Grant added 20 points with the boot to compound the Stormers’ advantage, with the Waratahs’ only scores coming through two Berrick Barnes penalties.

The Bulls came through a tricky semi-final by beating the much-fancied Crusaders 39-24 at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto to secure home advantage for the final.

This already spicy derby is given added weight as the winner of this final will be the last ever winner of the Super 14, before next season’s expansion to 15 teams.

Habana will be looking to add to the six tries that he has already notched in his debut season for the Stormers.

He is still a little short, however, of recapturing the form that saw him become the terror of defences across the world in the run up to the 2007 World Cup.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will be looking for former Bulls star Habana to spill the beans on his old team’s tactics.

“We know their plans and mentality,” said Coetzee. “That gives us a better chance of being competitive against them but I think we have really done well and the job is 50 percent done.”

The mind games are already in full swing are both teams prepare for this mouth-watering clash.

The Stormers have piled pressure on their opponents by declaring them to be ‘the best side in the Southern Hemisphere.’

The Bulls fans have embraced the ‘vuvuzelas’ – the traditional plastic horns used by South African football fans – to create a hostile atmosphere at the Orlando Stadium, and they will be looking to put pressure on Stormers kicker Peter Grant.

This weekend’s match should be a fascinating encounter.

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