JDV: Bitter Pill To Swallow
Stormers captain Jean de Villiers expressed his disappointment after the Cape-based franchise crashed and burned in their Super Rugby semi-final on Saturday.
The much-vaunted hosts succumbed 26-19 to a spirited Sharks side, who held off a desperate fight back from the Stormers to set up an unlikely final against the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday (09:35 SA Time).
"It is going to take a while to get over this one," conceded a dejected De Villiers.
"We can only blame ourselves. We had 80 minutes to prove that we are good enough and in the end we were short."
De Villiers said his side had let their supporters, who packed Newlands to the rafters, down with their second home semi-final heartbreak in as many seasons.
"That's what makes it tough ... the disappointment for the supporters.
"We let them down by not winning this one.
"It is tough when you get such good support here, week in and week out and you can't pay them back with some sort of cup to show for it.
"As I said, it is going to be tough to get over this one.
"I don't think we ever stopped trying, but we were short."
The Stormers and Springbok skipper was gracious in defeat and wished his countrymen well for the decider.
"If there is a team you can't bet against to win this thing it is the Sharks, so all the best for next week and we will definitely be behind them."