Stormers superstar Bryan Habana may have scored two tries for his new team in last week’s Super 14 victory over the Waratahs but he says he is “not where I want to be” just yet.
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And Friday night’s showdown against the Brumbies at Newlands will provide the 57-Test Springbok a great opportunity to show what he is made of.
Habana didn’t get many chances to carry the ball in the pre-season friendlies, while his clean break from a set move against the Lions in creating a try for fullback Joe Pietersen was the highlight of the match for him.
But he is intent on putting on a show for his new fans tonight.
“Yeah, it was good to score those two tries last week. I set up Joe Pietersen in the first game, and then Jaque Fourie sort of pushed me out of the way to get his try up in Joburg! So, it was good to score at Newlands,” Habana said.
“I am feeling in good form. I don’t think I am where I want to be, though. There is still a lot of room for improvement. Hopefully, like I was able to do with the Bulls over the last couple of years, I will be able to contribute to the success of the Stormers.
“My leadership role has played an integral part in me feeling as I do. I am sharing my experience and helping youngsters such as Juan de Jongh. He is excelling playing alongside somebody such as Jaque Fourie. To see someone such as Joe Pietersen carrying on developing and to be a part of that is really fantastic.”
The Stormers are one of only four unbeaten teams in the competition after two matches, alongside the Bulls, Hurricanes and Chiefs. But Habana warns that his team still have a lot to do to become true title contenders.
“We are only focusing on what’s ahead of us on Friday night against one of the more professional Australian sides in the competition in the Brumbies,” he said.
“We want to be contenders in this competition. To do that, you have to prove each week that you can be successful. We have a round of four matches at home now, so it is going to be important to get a couple more wins before we head off overseas.”
The Stormers will hope to not only win, but also get a bonus point for scoring four tries after missing out against the Lions and the Waratahs.
“We haven’t won our first two games for a good few years and we beat a top side like the Waratahs by 21 points. A bonus point is just that, a bonus. It will come,” coach Allister Coetzee said this week.
Coetzee says that the key to victory will be to neutralise the influence of Brumbies playmaker Matt Giteau.