Habana eyes glorious exit
Stormers wing Bryan Habana believes the Cape Town-based franchise have the ability to win the title in his last campaign with them.
Habana, who will join Toulon at the end of the tournament, said although Western Province's Currie Cup triumph was a special achievement, winning the Super Rugby title is a feat which the players coveted more.
"It’s really difficult to compare the Currie Cup to Super Rugby because they are such a different level of competition," he told Supersport
"The way I look at it is that we have been the South African conference champions in the last two years, but we still have to get over that final hurdle.
"We have come very close in the past few seasons, but because we have fallen just short there is a really strong desire among the senior players for us to get across the line this year.
"In Super Rugby you are playing tough rugby for (16 weeks), so to finish top of the log, as we did last year, was a real achievement and something really positive.
"Even though we lost to the Sharks in the semi-final, what we did took quite an effort. But we still need to go further, and I think we saw when the Lions won the Currie Cup (in 2011) that it means nothing when it comes to gauging how you’ll go in Super Rugby.
"What the Currie Cup win did do was inspire belief that we could win a trophy, but Super Rugby is a very different competition.
"After three happy years in the Cape I would really like to see us cap off the progress that has been made by winning Super Rugby. I know I speak for other senior players like Schalk Burger and Jean de Villiers when I say that."
With several Lions joining the Stormers for the duration of the tournament, it means that coach Allister Coetzee will have extra depth in his squad.
Habana is set to benefit from this, particularly as 2012 was a strenuous year for him which ended on a low when he sustained a knee injury in the Currie Cup Final.
"Hopefully I will get the odd chance to rest, but obviously every player wants to be part of the team and part of every game as much as possible," added the Springbok flyer.
"I think the aim will be to have the best team on the field for 80 to 85% of the games. But the extra depth does bring healthy competition, and you can feel the players are being pushed."