CAPE TOWN – A Stormers versus Bulls derby will always be a good one, and when it happens to be your 100th Super Rugby cap on top of it ... well it doesn’t get much better in rugby than that.
Stormers captain Siya Kolisi, will earn his 100th Super Rugby cap tomorrow when his team host their old foes (3.05pm kickoff) at Newlands. And while he took the time to contribute his success to his teammates in typical Kolisi fashion, he also made a special mention of the guys who welcomed him into the Stormers set-up.
“Eben (Etzebeth) said ‘what a special day and what a special opposition to play against’,” Kolisi said during the Stormers team announcement.
“I’m really happy to reach the milestone and a lot of the guys say it’s all about the team, but the most important thing for us is to win this game, we all know that, so first and foremost, that’s what I’m looking to do.”
Kolisi was quick to mention Stormers icons like Jean de Villiers, Bryan Habana and Andries Bekker as among those who have helped guide him along the way.
“I’m thankful to my teammates, all the guys I’ve played with from the beginning - the Andries’, the Schalks (Schalk Burger), the Jeans and the Bryans especially - who just retired now - all of those guys took us in and that’s the kind of environment we have, they never really leave. They make it a special place.”
You wouldn’t be blamed for falling into a whirl of confusion if you look at the Stormers players - then and now - and wondering why they’ve never won a Super Rugby title.
And while their chances aren’t any better this season than they were in 2017, Kolisi said that the dream is still very much alive.
“We want to win Super Rugby, it’s something we’ve never done, all the guys I’ve mentioned, that’s what they say, they wish they’d just won one,” he said.
“So I’m just looking forward to it, it’s (a) very important game, it’s a big game for both of us. If you’re not excited for this game, you shouldn’t be playing at all.
“As much as the guys have congratulated me, it’s about the team.”