Bulls 25, Stormers 18

The South African conference kicks off with the most fierce of rivalries, North vs South, the Bulls vs the Stormers.


Bulls: 15 Zane Kirchner, 14 Lionel Mapoe, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Wynand Olivier, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Morné Steyn, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Pierre Spies (captain), 7 Dewald Potgieter, 6 Deon Stegmann, 5 Juandrè Kruger, 4 Flip van der Merwe, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1 Morné Mellett.
Replacements: 16 Willie Wepener, 17 Frik Kirsten, 18 Grant Hattingh, 19 Arno Botha, 20 Jano Vermaak, 21 Louis Fouché, 22 Francois Venter.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 Don Armand, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Gerhard van den Heever, 22 Joe Pietersen.

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa), Stefan Breytenbach (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

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    February 22, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    Gonna be a bigey!

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    February 22, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Bulls really wanting to give Taute some work with his fielding of kicks and decision making after.

    I wonder if Aldo is thinking to himself….”this Taute, he’s certainly no Willie LeRoux!”

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    February 22, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    Haha, exactly what I was thinking Americano. That aaaaaaand


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    February 22, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Not living up to the hype this game we gone soft? Sooo many injuries :bangheadt:

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Gym monkeys – not enough contact training?

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Well, I won’t say watching paint dry
    is more exciting, but it comes close.

    Still 2-1 in the tries department,
    pity Jantjes can’t hit a barn door
    from 20 metres.

    Bulls still deserves it – just.

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    Vetgesmeerde Blits

    February 22, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Ja, Bulls the better team tonight. With the Sharks next week it is not going to get easier for the Stormers.

    My Ratrace is going down in flames.

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    Geluk Bulle! They deserved the win, Stormers just didn’t want it in the 1st half! :noshake:

    Good, bad & ugly, imho:

    -Young/new guys putting their hands up.
    -Seeing both teams make considerable with phase play & quick ball, although Stormers seemed to be better at it when they finally did get it going.
    -Some good running & swinging of the ball by the Stormers backline, few & far between though.
    -Excellent attendance, good atmosphere!

    -Young/new guys NOT putting their hands up.
    -Lineouts, especially Stormers’ but Bulls’ weren’t too flash either.
    -Questionable front row subbing tactics by Stormers, in the latter part of the game it seemed to be legit but I don’t know about the 1st time Pat Cilliers went off.
    -Reffing…I just don’t know about the new laws and the refs don’t seem to either!
    -Pretty crappy tackling.

    -Injuries!! Just how many were there?
    -Stormers’ handling mistakes in the 1st half.
    -Ridiculous hair styles – hands up for who will drop a few notes in the hat to sponsor a army barber for both teams!!

    Think Jean got it right in his interview, he said they just didn’t play as a team. This was very apparent to me, looked like almost every backline player wanted to take on 15 Bulls all by themselves & failed miserably every damn time. They are just not gelling and need to be a lot less selfish.
    Glad Morné Steyn is on song again, his tactical kicking was good (vs. the Stormers’ absolute lack thereof!). Bulls up & unders overused & predictable but it sure did work better than the Stormers back 3’s catch, run lateral & away from support & then get double teamed by two tacklers. Hougaard still looks very slow to get the ball out & his 2 box kicks were crap.
    Interesting to see Stormer defense letting 1 guy shoot up in the outside center channel, seemed to be a good answer for playing a flyhalf that stays deep all the time.

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:38 pm

    Just about what I expected.

    Lots of kicking, lots lf straight running, lots of hard tackling.

    No offloads, no creativity, all just too predictable.

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    February 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    On the one side of the planet you had basketball dressed up as rugby, in SA we had the local stamp kar event and in the middle (Oz) a bit of both :?

    What will be the better way by the end of the tournament?

    Anyway – now for some proper rugby!! Worcester vs Gloucester


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    February 22, 2013 at 9:51 pm

    2 from 3 in the rat race so far – hope to keep it up!

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    Kak game, bulls must be the most boring team, kicking will not win supershit, happy with stormers kak penalty kicks cost them the game with kak ref on bulls try,

    Stormers look like they will run more happy with that, first week can only get better

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    February 23, 2013 at 12:08 am

    At least the Stormers has a decent #8
    that can make a few yards.

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    February 23, 2013 at 2:38 am

    Reminiscent of the Rebels/Brumbies game (albeit Brumbies a better pack)…

    Sportsbet’s predictor got this one exact again (and Voldy :shocksmile… well done Bulls…

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    February 23, 2013 at 3:10 am

    South African sides (particularly backs) in a world of hurt if their forwards continue to refuse to use the power pick-n-go at pace with off-loads up the middle…

    That blind swinging side-to-side was painful…

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    February 23, 2013 at 3:13 am

    Here’s hoping Morne continues to step up his resurgence from a good performance…

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    February 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

    Only highlight imo was morne’s touch finders – o’gara-esc!
    He overdid the up and unders though!

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    February 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Reply to bryce_in_oz @ 3:10 am:

    That blind swinging side-to-side was painful…


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    February 23, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Reply to Boertjie @ 10:19 am: i see Kirchner and Olivier still keeps on running straight and then lose ball in contact, at least the tackles look awesome.

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    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 8:37 am: I Agree Morne=Good Gaol Kicker=no attack

    I will take attacking 10 rather than kicking Morne any day of the month and twice on a Sunday.

    I do not think we need to read anything in ELtons performance as well. Him and Taute looks out of it but I think we do not understand how much it takes from them to fit into the Stormers play and team. It is one thing to practise with them and it will take time to change the mindset from what they did at the Lions.

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    February 23, 2013 at 10:49 am

    Reply to Jacques(Bunny)Die wat nie hier is nie is elders!! @ 10:37 am:

    Bulls & Stormers can’t spell attack on last nights performance :soek:

    Hope the Sharks can show us how to do it! :?

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    Reply to JT_BOKBEFOK! @ 10:49 am: Yip first game of the season no attack part from first few minutes in both halfs, I am happy that stormers look at playing a different game this year.

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    February 23, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    Face it, on this performance the Chiefs,
    Blues etc. would have hammered
    the Bulls and the Stormers.

    Not one single offload!

    Only thing the Stormers did different
    from last year is that the spread the
    ball – very predictive, left to right,
    right to left.

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    February 23, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Yeah Boertje…now that I think of it – you’re right. I Can’t recall an offload either.
    It will take 3-4 games for team to blast all the junk out of their motors prior to running right.

    I’m surprised that Janjtes & Taute get a starting go right off the bat. They are new – why not feed them in gradually throughout the course of season vs starting from the get-go?

    Not sure but seems like Joe Pietersen – the fair haired elf of Stormers gets no respect probably due to his size. Maybe they know what they have in him already? For my money Janjtes and Taute need to earn their place starting from the bench.

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    February 23, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    at 66:29 there was an off-load by Bulls-6
    and at 66:31 by Bulls-8

    7 phases later Bulls-2 scored the try.

    Also a demonstration on the correct use of the TMO. When the TV evidence is not definitive, the referee’s call on the field should stand. That applies for both times the ball was “touched”.

    On the rest, I agree, the game was one hell of a bore, even at x 1,5 speed.

    Jantjes and Chilliboy are duds. SARU should go ask the government for a refund.


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