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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  1. 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!”

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. Just about what I expected.

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

    No offloads, no creativity, all just too predictable.

  6. 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


  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.