Stormers pressured ahead of Hurricanes clash

The Stormers hope to bounce back from their first-round defeat when they take on the Hurricanes on Friday.

The DHL Stormers are under pressure to bounce back after their defeat to the Lions. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - All the pressure seems to be on the Stormers ahead of Friday's showdown against the Hurricanes at Newlands.

Both sides are coming off a loss in the opening round, but the Stormers' 34-10 thumping at the hands of the Lions can be considered more damaging than the Hurricanes' 27-9 loss to the Sharks.

While the Stormers will be under pressure to impress their supporters at Newlands, Hurricanes coach Mark Hammet says his side is in the Cape to have fun, and to win, of course.

"We've actually done a lot of the hard talk and the serious stuff back at the hotel. Now it's just about refreshing and recovering. We've done our homework and we know what we need to do on Friday night."

Hammet says both teams are desperate for a win.

"I think we should expect backlashes from both teams. It's going to be a good game between two desperate sides that weren't happy with their first round performances. It should make for a great game."

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee will announce his team on Tuesday to face the Hurricanes, and is likely to include fit-again fullback Jaco Taute in the squad.