Bryan Habana has set his sights on the Super Rugby trophy this year, as he believes the Stormers have what it takes to win the tournament.
The Springbok winger has previously won the Super Rugby silverware in 2007 and 2009, when he was playing with the Bulls.
“It’s really difficult to compare the Currie Cup to Super Rugby because they are such a different level of competition,” said Habana.
The 29-year old feels that the Stormers have proven what it takes to win the SA conference and make it to the play-offs, and 2013 is the team’s time to shine.
“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.
Habana was part of the 2012 Currie Cup squad which managed to topple the Sharks to win the prestigious trophy; and Habana feels that the Currie Cup-winning momentum can be carried into 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.”
Habana recently signed a contract with French club Toulon, and will leave for the Top 14 side following the conclusion of the Super Rugby tournament.
The Stormers kick off their Super Rugby campaign against the Bulls on 23 February 2013.