Stormers expect more foul play

Jean de Villiers expects the Chiefs to employ similar dirty tactics to those used by the Crusaders.

The Stormers face the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Stormers captain Jean de Villiers on Wednesday said his side is bracing for several off the ball incidents when they take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Friday.

During last week's game against the Crusaders, Stormers players were illegally tugged and held back at the rucks on a number of occasions.

The skipper expects the Chiefs to adopt similar tactics.

"It's a very tough thing. You want to keep the game clean and either the ref needs to do something about it or we as players need to do something about it. It can get messy. It is important because we want to put a good product out there."

De Villiers says he'll be talking to referee Craig Joubert if any foul play occurs.

"I think we'll see a lot of foul play. I will definitely speak to Craig about it and I will be hard on his case during the game. It's a tough thing to handle as a player because there's not much you can do."