Stormers 38, Bulls 10


UPDATE: Four-try Stormers move into clear 2nd spot. Semis next weekend:
Stormers v Whiningtahs, Cape Town; Bulls v Crusaders, Soweto.


The build-up to this game has been dominated by the make-up of the Bulls team – the absence of 14 players who started in the win of the Crusaders last week.

Jan de Koning – Rugby365

However, there are a few other very important aspects to consider.

While the Bulls have already qualified and will host one of the two semifinals in Soweto next week, the Stormers need to score their first ever Super 14 win over the men from Pretoria. The last time the Stormers tasted victory against their arch rivals was a Super 14 match in 2004.

However, the Stormers need to look past the sideshows, as they need victory to make the semifinals in what has been one of the more exciting run-ins to a Super Rugby play-off season.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told a media gathering this week that he is not bothered by the fact the Bulls will arrive in Cape Town with what has been labelled a ‘B-team’.

Coetzee said they can only take care of what they can control.

“We know any Bulls side coming down to Cape Town won’t be a pushover,” Coetzee said.

“In our minds we have one goal and that’s to get four points, because it will secure us a home semifinal. We have to make sure that we pitch up and show a massive improvement since our last game.”

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke was under no illusion that his back-up squad will be in for a baptism of fire at Newlands.

“We know what to expect,” Ludeke said, when asked if he expects this game to be as physical; as previous north-south encounters.

“This is an incredible opportunity, especially for the players we have selected,” he said of the team, to be captained by veteran Bok lock Bakkies Botha.

“The Stormers are second on the standings with good reason, they are playing great rugby, exceptional rugby,” Ludeke said.

The Bulls mentor pointed to the Stormers’ allround ability as their biggest asset.

“Just look at the players that have performed for them this year – they have a very good tight five and an outstanding backline.

“Allister [Coetzee, head coach] is doing fantastic work along with his assistants, Matthew Proudfoot and Robbie Fleck, and the leadership of Schalk [Burger] is another standout feature.

“They are an incredibly tough team.”

However, there is nothing like the Newlands cauldron to bring the best out of a Bulls team.

“We are really looking forward to that environment and we all know that at Newlands it will be a Test atmosphere.

“It is an incredible challenge and we are really looking forward to the occasion.

“No doubt it will be brutal, but that is South African rugby and we are expecting nothing less,” he said, adding that the game will be a good “trial run” for the play-offs.

The Bulls are only 10 points away from breaking their own record of points scored in a Super Rugby season. They scored 435 from 15 matches in 2007 and are currently on 426 points after 12 games in this year’s competition.

The defending champions are also three tries away from breaking their own record (48) of five-pointers scored in a season. They have scored 46 tries in this year’s competition.

An 11th victory of the season for the Bulls at Newlands will set a new SA record for most wins in a Super Rugby season. The defending champions (2009, 2010) and the Sharks (2007) won 10 of their games respectively.

Super 14 results:
2009: Bulls won 14-10, Pretoria
2008: Bulls won 16-9, Cape Town
2007: Bulls won 49-12, Pretoria
2006: Bulls won 43-10, Cape Town Prediction: Even though this is a traditional north-south derby and the Bulls will make a good fist of it, the Stormers are a quality outfit that should have too much experience and cohesion for the visitors. It won’t be a rout, but the Stormers should pull clear in the last 20 minutes – after an almighty scrap in the first hour – to win by about 15 points.


Stormers: 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.

Bulls: 15 Tiger Mangweni, 14 Jaco van der Westhuyzen, 13 Stephan Dippenaar, 12 De Wet Barry, 11 Deon Helberg, 10 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 9 Heini Adams, 8 Pedrie Wannenburg, 7 Gerrit-Jan van Velze, 6 Derick Kuün, 5 Bakkies Botha (captain), 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Bees Roux, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 Jaco Engels.
Replacements: 16 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 17 Dean Greyling, 18 Fudge Mabeta, 19 Okkie Kruger, 20 Ruan Snyman, 21 Francois Brummer, 22 Stefan Watermeyer.

Referee: Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Reuben Rossouw (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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  1. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Bakkies with a big hit on Gio Aplon – fooking Bully!

  2. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    Habana try!

  3. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    this Bulls B team would put 50 on the Lions!!

  4. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Habana gets his 2nd try! :wave:

  5. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Bekker try! Stormers are rampant! :respek:

  6. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Looks like Burger has finally learnt how to pass a ball :thumbup:

  7. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm


    Louw manhandles Bakkies and turns over the ball.

    Expect a big 2nd half from Bakkies.

  8. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Reply to JT @ 5:44 pm:

    Afkophoender having his
    very best season ever.
    NOW I can be a fan of him.

  9. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    The Louw manhandling was a wee bit em-boer-asing for Bakkies. Bakkies is dead quiet. Hope he plays better for the Bulls when they reunite the team.


  10. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    no foregone conclusion for the final – could easily be a final in Sydney with Tahs v Saders :oops:

  11. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Go Aplon!!! :wave: great chip and chase and set ups a try for Fourie!

  12. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Stormers home semi – could not ask for more at the beginning of the season! What ever happens from here the season has been a success! IMO!

  13. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    Reply to JT @ 6:04 pm:


  14. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    Reply to Boertjie @ 6:55 pm:

    Tahs & Saders looked really good yesterday!

  15. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Reply to JT @ 6:56 pm:

    Nie een van hulle gaan ‘n
    walkover wees nie.

  16. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Reply to JT @ 6:56 pm: Only cause they weren’t playing the Stormers. :satansmoking:

  17. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Ek wonder wie het die seisoen meeste bonuspunte gescore? :whistling:

  18. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:03 pm

    Reply to manvanstaal @ 7:03 pm: Van die 4 semi spanne that is.

  19. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Hoe goed was daai Reds nie weer vandag nie? Daai Highlanders is nou vir jou n span en n half. :satansmoking:

  20. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Reply to manvanstaal @ 7:05 pm:

    bwahahaha :fishing: :pot:

  21. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:13 pm

    Reply to JT @ 7:06 pm: Was kind of hoping they’d meet the Bulls in a semi. But alas they’re not good enough. Those victory laps must have taken it’s toll. :db:

  22. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    Wine to drink, food to eat.

    till later.
    :wave: :wave: :wave:

  23. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 7:17 pm

    Now for the next big game!! Magners League semi final: Leinster v Munster!

  24. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    I guess the main problem with this B team was that they have never played together before and never will again.

    Thus it’s every player for himself and the total is less than the sum of the parts.

  25. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 9:39 pm

    Reply to fyndraai @ 9:28 pm:

    Ja, bietjie soos lammers
    na die slagpale.
    Maar die doel heilig seker
    die middele.
    MOERSE naweek wat wag.
    Koop jou vroeg.

  26. Duiwel


    May 15, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    B loody B rilliant
    performamce from the pillowbiters.
    hear the whole ou affiekaap sigh
    and waffles B leeeeesee,
    sheer desperation B reeding some bone
    instead of gratitude
    for the Bulls having a tekkiedag bye.
    go W:brownie: :brownie: P:brownie: :brownie:

  27. avatar


    May 15, 2010 at 11:19 pm

    Reply to Duiwel @ 11:02 pm:

    Nou nie dat ek alles verstaan
    nie, but I catch your drift.
    Gewonder of ons iets van
    jou gaan hoor.

  28. DavidS


    May 16, 2010 at 1:50 am

    No response required

    The spewing results of mutual verbal masturbations says quite enough

  29. avatar


    May 16, 2010 at 4:16 am

    Reply to DavidS @ 1:50 am:

    You referring to that abundance
    of Lion shit – or is it shit Lions?
    – up your way then?
    Must agree it’s quite a disgrace.
    Not even a rundown circus will
    buy them, I’m afraid.
    What a toothless tribe.


  30. avatar


    May 16, 2010 at 9:02 am

    Stormers and Bulls with home semi!!!! can not ask for anything better than that. :applause:


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