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Sportal.co.nz     08 Mar 2014     Getty Images

A win would also end the Crusaders record of not having lost to an overseas side since their 2004 loss to the Waratahs.

Former Springbok Robbie Fleck, who is the Stormers' backline coach, said winning would be a 'massive challenge' for the side.

"We've had some close battles with the Crusaders, whether it's been here or back in Cape Town," he said.

"They're [Crusaders] going to be up for it, after two losses, and the people here expect nothing but the best from their team, like our fans back home.

"It's going to be a tough battle up front, between two quality teams, but our boys are ready," he told sport24.co.za.

The side was still building and they would be looking for more improvement and to convert their opportunities.

Christchurch's wet weather, which resulted in significant flooding in the city still recovering from the 2011 earthquake, meant the Stormers only had one good day for outdoor training, on Thursday.

That prevented Peter Grant and Sailosi Tagicakibau getting a decent chance to work with the team on their routines.

However, the time inside kept the team together and relaxed and they had been enjoying each other's company.

"It's actually turned out to be a good week ahead of what is a very important game.

"It's been a different week for everyone. We've never quite experienced this kind of weather before in New Zealand and the guys had to spend the first few days indoors.

"Since the storm has finished it's been proper summer here, so we trained yesterday in beautiful conditions and we were able to get through everything that we had to do," he said.