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Stormers aiming for the top

Skipper Jean de Villiers says his side want to go all the way in this year's Super Rugby tournament.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Stormers captain Jean de Villiers on Wednesday said the Cape side want to go all the way during their upcoming Super Rugby campaign.

Speaking ahead of a warm-up match against the Bulls this weekend, the skipper said his team wants to improve on last season's dismal campaign.

The Stormers missed out on a playoff berth.

"We want to win the competition. We've been able to get close in the last few years and last year, we just missed out on the playoffs. We want to be competitive and we want to win every game we play. That might not be possible, but it is what we strive towards," said de Villiers.

Forwards coach Matthew Proudfoot emphasised the need for healthy competition between the Stormers players to bring the best out of the squad.

"If I look at the hooker situation, the competition has brought the best out of all three of them. I think you have to have competition for places in a team. I don't think you can have a successful Super Rugby campaign without having that element in the squad. You need all the guys to push each other."

Proudfoot added the Stormers will pick their strongest possible line-up for Saturday's clash against the Bulls.

"Our selection for this weekend will be based on the best team we can possibly pick for week one of the Super Rugby campaign. We will look to change it up next week by bringing in the guys that have had niggling injuries this week."