DHL Stormers captain Siya Kolisi says his side will be going ‘flat-out’ when they take on the Crusaders at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The defending champions and log-leaders from Christchurch will play their first game at DHL Newlands since 2013, with kick-off set for 17h15 on Saturday.
The DHL Stormers are coming off a bye and looking for their fourth win in front of the DHL Newlands Faithful this season.
Kolisi says that the squad has embraced the challenge that the Crusaders will pose in what should be another classic encounter between the two teams.
“We are going flat-out for the rest of the competition, not just this game. It will also let us know where we are, you always want to test yourself against the best sides.
“I think the boys are really keen and up for the challenge because we know what they are capable of. So we have to bring our best,” he said.
The DHL Stormers skipper said that the senior players with Test experience will have to step up and set the tone for the home side against a Crusaders team that is full of All Blacks.
“They [Crusaders] have a lot of Test players in their team, so our Test players need to stand up. We have got to lead. We have played Tests against them so we have to go flat-out and pull the other players up.
“We are going to go flat-out and give it our best go,” he said.
With a big crowd expected, Kolisi said that the DHL Stormers will try and use the electric atmosphere to raise their game further.
“It is tough obviously, but it is an awesome atmosphere, because people do come out for the game.
“All you can do is take that energy, absorb it and use it for the game. Our DHL Stormers Faithful come out either way, but it is one of those games that people love to watch.
“I love that atmosphere and it will bring the best out of us as a team,” he added.