Habana faces heir apparent in Super 14 final

THE former IRB World Player of the Year will be up against the hottest thing to come out of Pretoria since chilli biltong.

THE former IRB World Player of the Year will be up against the hottest thing to come out of Pretoria since chilli biltong.

That's one of the match-ups in Saturday's Super 14 final between the Bulls and Stormers at Orlando Stadium.

In naming his starting XV at Pretoria University yesterday for the much-anticipated clash, Bulls coach Frans Ludeke has included new sensation Gerhard van den Heever on the right wing to take on the Stormers' Bryan Habana.

Van den Heever, who was suspended for two weeks for illegal play against the Crusaders at Loftus Versfeld, will add some speed and class to an already impressive backline.

But according to Bulls captain Victor Matfield, Habana is one of many great players in the Stormers side.

"Bryan is a great player but we don't concentrate on an individual, so he won't get any special treatment," Matfield said.

The Stormers have had a dream season and reached the final for the first time in 11 years. It has been a long slog for the Cape side but their hard work has paid off.

Ludeke and Matfield were also very happy with the two weeks' rest they had recently and believe it is beginning to pay dividends in the run-up to Saturday.

Criticised by many for the decision to take a week off, it seems the Bulls may have the last laugh.

l The 3200 tickets that were made available to the public yesterday morning have already been snapped up, so it looks as if Saturday's final will be a sell-out.

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