The Vodacom Stormers face a tough assignment on Saturday as they strive to remain in contention for a semifinal place in the Southern Hemisphere rugby showpiece, the Super 14.
The seventh-placed Stormers host the third-placed Hurricanes at Newlands on Saturday at 17h05.
The Stormers face a tough challenge to break a winning drought at home against the Hurricanes, whom they last beat at Newlands in 2002, winning 40-13. In 2004, the Hurricanes scored a 25-19 win and in 2006, they scored two tries in the final five minutes to secure a 23-19 win.
Each side has won five of their last ten meetings against each other, the Stormers having won the most recent clash in Palmerston North in 2007, 30-17. That victory came after one of their better performances of last year’s campaign but much has changed since to give hope that they will taste success at home again.
The Hurricanes are a dynamic combination of raw power and fine skills and they will provide a stern test for the hosts. Their demolition of the Bulls provided enough evidence of their capabilities but if the Stormers can build on their first half showing over the Cheetahs last week they will continue their march up the table.
Last 10 meetings in Vodacom Super Rugby
Stormers have won 5, Hurricanes have won 5
2007 Stormers 30 Hurricanes 17 in Palmerston North
2006 Stormers 19 Hurricanes 23 in Cape Town
2005 Stormers 12 Hurricanes 16 in Wellington
2004 Stormers 19 Hurricanes 25 in Cape Town
2003 Stormers 18 Hurricanes 33 in Wellington
2002 Stormers 40 Hurricanes 13 in Cape Town
2001 Stormers 27 Hurricanes 15 in Wellington
2000 Stormers 43 Hurricanes 23 in Cape Town
1999 Stormers 24 Hurricanes 22 in Wellington
1998 Stormers 31 Hurricanes 45 in Cape Town