The Stormers travel to the Shark Tank on Saturday hoping to earn a lifeline in this year’s Super Rugby competition.
As it stands, coach Robbie Fleck’s men are in fourth place in the five-team SA Conference, level on points with the Sharks and one point behind the Bulls, who’ve got a game in hand.
If things stay the same, they will miss out on a place in the knockouts and after losing to both the Lions and the Bulls in back-to-back weeks, Fleck’s men will have to ruk themselves reg if they want to keep their hopes of making the playoffs alive.
While the Stormers have crashed in recent weeks, the Sharks are also licking their wounds after being demolished 40-10 by the Bulls last weekend.
And Stormers lock Pieter-Steph du Toit, an ex-Shark, knows what is at stake on Saturday.
He says: “I think both teams are in the same boat at the moment and we have our backs to the wall, so it’s a must-win for both teams.”
The Capetonians enjoyed a bye last weekend, maar daar was nie tyd vir rus nie as Du Toit reveals they had some frank talks.
He adds: “There were some hard words - we told each other that we have to realise where we are on the log at the moment.
“We don’t want to be there and we didn’t think we’d be in this position at the start of the season.
“So I think the guys have to start realising that we are not in a good position, we have to pull up our socks.
“If we’re in a situation where everyone is going to start arguing, it’s not going to help so we are looking at plans [to get out of this position] and hopefully it’s going to work this weekend.”
He concludes: “At the moment it feels like we are under the pump a bit.
“But we have a few home games to come and we’re also looking forward to that.”