VIDEO: Dweba's fighting words still ringing in Irish ears?
SPOTLIGHT: Stormers assistant coach Rito Hlungwani is confident Joseph Dweba will back up his fighting words on the field in Saturday’s United Rugby Championship Final against Munster.
Those fighting words came out during the Stormers’ celebrations following Munster’s 16-15 win over Leinster in the second URC semifinal.
That result ensured that the Capetonians, who beat Connacht in their semi, would host this weekend’s Final.
A video circulated on social media showing the Stormers squad going wild in a suite at Cape Town Stadium.
In the video, Dweba could be heard shouting a message.
“We are gonna f*ck them up,” was the Bok hooker’s words.
Those words appeared in a few stories over in Ireland and on Monday a member of the Irish media asked for Hlungwani’s opinion on it.
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“Joseph is a very bubbly player. He has got a bit of a mouth on him,” said Hlungwani.
“He is one guy who usually backs up his words.
“It wasn’t something that was meant to go out to the public, so it is not necessarily his fault.
“If there is one guy that I would back to back up his own words, it is Joseph.
“It is not something we had a long chat about.
“At the end of the day we respect Munster. They are probably the only team that we haven’t beaten in the URC.
“They are coming here with a strong team, so it is a team we respect highly.”
Meanwhile, some rain is expected to hit Cape Town this week and that includes Saturday.
Wet conditions and the state of Cape Town Stadium’s field could be a leveller. However, Hlungwani says his team are not focussing on that too much.
“If it rains, we will be prepared for that. It won’t be the first time we play in the rain, so it is not something we are concerned about,” said the forwards coach.
“We feel that we will be able to execute our plans and play to our strengths.
“It [weather] is something that we can’t control. If it does rain and gets windy, we will find ways to put our best foot forward.”
See below for an edited version of the Stormers’ celebrations