De Villiers set for 100th cap

The Stormers captain will reach a century of caps for the Cape side against the Chiefs tomorrow.

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers. Picture:

CAPE TOWN - Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has praised the "colossal" Jean de Villiers ahead of the centre's 100th Super Rugby appearance tomorrow.

Having made his debut nine years ago on the wing, the 33-year old de Villiers will captain the Stormers side against the Chiefs from his customary position in midfield.

Coetzee says beating the Chiefs would be a fitting tribute to a Western Province and Stormers great.

"Jean epitomises what a Stormer stands for. He's been through the wars for the jersey. It's going to be a great occasion, and we want to make it a special one as well. The belief is there, but we are under no illusions because it will be tough in Hamilton."

De Villiers says his 100th cap should not be used as motivation for the team to win.

"If they're going out to play for me rather than what they normally play for, they're not going to get the same out of it. Each guy knows what motivates him, and the important thing is to get each guy playing at the right level. I'm not the type of guy that will try to psyche the team up to play for me or for my 100th cap. I think the guys are switched on from a mental point of view, and I believe they are ready to go and ready to put in a good performance."