Dan wants to dance around defenders again

Henry

Dan du Plessis is ready for action and is determined to make a difference in his Stormers jersey.

An injury kept the 28-year-old center sidelined for a while, but he played 60 minutes in the Cape Town’s recent 16-15 United Rugby Championship triumph against the Sharks.

“It was very nice to be back on the field again – I only had to watch things from the sidelines for less than three months. In addition, it was also a tough game against the Sharks – they are not a team that shy away from physical play,” said Du Plessis.

The old pupil of Paul Roos Gymnasium’s good play in the midfield was one of the keys to the Stormers’ success in the first two versions of the United Rugby Championship.

Admittedly, the team initially caught the wind in its latest European rugby adventure, but things are back on track after victories against La Rochelle and the Bulls.

The Cape Towns play again on Saturday against the Sale Sharks in a Champions Cup showdown at the DHL Stadium.

And Du Plessis expects another fiery duel.

“If you don’t keep Sale’s big forwards in check, they can enjoy front-foot momentum in no time. Yet it is precisely them you want to play against – you want to measure yourself against the best.”

In addition, there are also a number of South Africans (including Robert du Preez and Ernst van Rhyn) in the Sale group.

“It will be interesting to compete against guys who previously played their rugby in Cape Town. They are aware of the Stormers’ rugby DNA, but we are excited about the showdown.”

The match starts at 19:30 on Saturday and the action will be broadcast live on SuperSport.

  • The teams’ latest results:

Stormers:

31 – 7 against Zebra

26 – 35 against Leicester Tigers

21 – 20 against La Rochelle

26 – 20 against the Bulls

16 – 15 against the Sharks

Sale Sharks:

54 – 12 against the Newcastle Falcons

21 – 13 against Leicester Tigers

25 – 35 against Saracens

28 – 5 against Stade Français

27 – 37 against Leinster.