You can’t beat Michael Schumacher in a race when you’re driving a Volla.
And for that reason the Stormers won’t get sucked into playing a running game when they face defending Super Rugby champions the Crusaders at Newlands on Saturday.
Instead, they will focus on keeping the Crusaders away from their try-line, while using their heavy pack of forwards to take the ball up.
With the Kiwis preferring a more open game plan, defence coach Norman Laker says the Capetonians must stick to what they do best.
He explains: “It’s not going to help if you try and beat Michael Shumacher in a race if you’re driving a Volla.
“Our strength is our strength and as South Africans we normally pride ourselves on our defence and we have mean ball carriers to get us over the gainline.
“So I don’t think we must go away from it and try and play their rugby.
“We must stick to what the Boks did last year in Wellington - 80 percent of the time they defended and got away with the win.
“We must stay strong defensively and when you do have opportunities, you make sure you score from them.”
Building a wall against the defending champions won’t be easy.
The overall log leaders have scored 55 tries in their 12 matches to date, while the Stormers have only scored 22 in their 11 outings.
Furthermore, the Stormers are at the foot of the South African Conference.
Still, Laker is confident heading into the tie and says they just need a stroke of luck.
He explains: “I don’t think our backs are against the wall, we’ve been a bit unlucky and when the bounce of the ball goes our way - like its done against the Rebels - we put up 40 against the best Australian side in the tournament.”
He adds of their opponents: “They are a well-coached team and obviously they have experienced players in certain positions which makes a huge difference in any game.
“They are very patient with ball in hand.
“The main thing is to focus on ourselves and play to our strengths.”