Crusaders 14, DHL Stormers 13

imagesThe Crusaders have lost the services of one of their most valuable warriors, Richie McCaw. The Stormers have gained the muscle of one of their most battled-hardened players, Schalk Burger.

And while the loss of one player can be overcome, given the Crusaders’ rich resources among the loose forwards, the return of Burger is seen as crucial to the visitors’ cause.

“It is a vital game, against a strong Crusaders side,” Stormers coach Allister Coetzee said of his team that has one win (by a single point) from two starts this season.

While the loss of McCaw (with a fractured thumb) is a loss, Coetzee was quick to point out that the still have a tried-and-trusted combination with a big forward pack.

“[The] experience [of a player like Burger] will be crucial,” Coetzee said in a teleconference call from Christchurch.

“It is great to also have Peter Grant in the mix,” he said, adding: “That is what we will be needing.

“We have been talking about creating opportunities, [but] our conversion rate is not good at this stage.

“That comes because of the inability to stay calm, because of a lack of composure.”

Coetzee said his players were “a bit frantic” with ball in hand in previous weeks.

“That is what we need to have this weekend [calmness and composure],” he said, adding: “You have to take your opportunities and that comes with the experienced players on the field .”

Crusaders coach Todd Blackadder is no doubt frustrated about his team’s defeats to the Chiefs and Blues, which left them second from bottom with no points.

“I don’t like losing at all,” he told Fairfax NZ News.

“I hate losing and we have got a team that is better than the performances we have put on the track,” Blackadder added.

“We have high expectations from everyone, most of all ourselves. We are pretty pissed off.”

He said this week was not just about taking responsibility, but working on executing the game plan.

“And bringing a bloody physical mindset and now the next task is having the ability to deliver it. There’s no point talking about it – I’m over talking about it.”

Recent results:
2013: Crusaders won 19-14, Cape Town
2012: Crusaders won 31-24, Christchurch
2011: Crusaders won 29-10, Cape Town (semifinal)
2011: Crusaders won 20-14, Cape Town
2010: Stormers won 42-14, Cape Town
2009: Crusaders won 11-7, Christchurch


Crusaders: 15 Colin Slade, 14 Johnny McNicholl, 13 Reynold Lee-Lo, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Israel Dagg, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 Luke Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Replacements: 16 Ben Funnell, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Tyler Bleyendaal, 23 Kieron Fonotia.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Ruan Botha, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau.

Referee: Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Chris Watt (New Zealand)

  68 comments for “Crusaders 14, DHL Stormers 13

  1. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 7:44 am
    Well I’m two-from-two with 1-12pt wins this weekend… will the Stormers only lose by 1-12pts, or will they get smashed… or will they upset with a ground-out win?
  2. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:06 am
    @bryce_in_oz: You will never know smile
  3. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:28 am
    As a Stormers supporter you can only hope everything starts to work for your team as they have not shown any signs of being a team that can take the challenge to go for the cup this year……

    This is me hoping with you…..

  4. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:41 am
    One for you and one for me the Stormers on attack after poor kick and get smashed in the tackle…..then Crusaders on attack after Stormers poor kick and get kickable penalty….

    Score: Crusaders 3, Stormers 0

  5. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:46 am
    Stormers kicks again with no pressure from the rest on the player….when will SA teams realised that if you want to kick you have to have the runners on the ball otherwise keep the ball in hands and through the phases.
  6. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:47 am
    Stormers getting smashed in the scrums and Crusaders getting the second penalty in the second scrum
  7. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:49 am
    Ahh here is one for David again….referee has again no idea in the scrum as he now gives a penalty to stormers
  8. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:50 am
    Scarra not in straight like the previous two weeks….
  9. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:55 am
    Wow… Stormers looking so good and then Saders took it all the way back… Stormers tackling like nutters… phew…
  10. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:56 am
    End to end stuff from Stormers and Crusanders from the one side to the other and the Stormers keeping the Saders out how they did only they know…..

    Crusaders take the scrum

  11. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:57 am
    How did Schalk come back from that hit? He is not human!
  12. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:57 am
    RSA teams still have no counter-rucking skills!
  13. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:58 am
    Kudos for their defence… but make it offence defence!
  14. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 8:58 am
    @bryce_in_oz: Just a matter of time before the Saders goes over
  15. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:00 am
    Another penalty to Saders in scrum …..and Saders going for a lineout
  16. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:02 am

    Shhh… I’m happy to lose my bet if they can win…

  17. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:02 am
    This ref is useless Schalla gets hold on and he hits the hands of the saders and going to the TMO stupid refs
  18. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:03 am
    Schalk should have nutted him!!!!
  19. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:03 am
    So funny that!
  20. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:04 am
    Love the Schalk!!!
  21. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:04 am
    This is just plain stupid… man y p;layers getting hold like that in rucks
  22. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:07 am
    Well Stormers survive an onslaught from the Saders…Saders will feel just plain stupid as they had two kickable penalties and did not go for points and going away with nothing…Saders look like a team really struggling like the Stormers
  23. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:09 am
    I am sorry but this idiot ref does not know what is going on in the scrum….
  24. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:10 am
    Again Scarra lose a lineout
  25. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:11 am
    Just cannot get it how in these day and age a hooker at this level cannot find his locks…this is his premiere job on the field….
  26. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:14 am
    Now here the Stormers have a change with a lineout but will Scarra gets his locks
  27. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:15 am
    Jean goes for the against the post for a try….TMO

    Stormers on a penalty

  28. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:16 am
    TMO ……..can not see grounding so Penalty Stormers
  29. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:17 am
    Score Update: Crusaders 3, Stormers 3
  30. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:21 am
    Again a shitty lineout from the Stormers
  31. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:22 am
    You will never be able to protect the ball if you go one one
  32. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:23 am
    Both lineouts from both teams are of a team struggling…
  33. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:29 am
    That is half time after a scrappy first half to say the least…Stormers needs to change Scarra is not up to it and given away an option because he cannot find his jumpers….

    Like always Stormers defence is up to the best…

    For Crusaders, they will be kicking themselves as rugby is a game of momentum and they could have that with three kickable penalties they did not take.

    Game is scrappy with both team given away to many penalties and making simple mistakes…

    Add to that a ref that looks like he has no idea in the scrums and you would expect that this game can not lift up to what we want from both teams

  34. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:39 am
    Deon Fourie is doing so much for this Stormers team forcing again a penalty from a ruck
  35. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:40 am
    South African team need to learn that when you kick you should have runners to get to that kick otherwise don’t do it…simple rugby
  36. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:43 am
    Taute murdering a try and get a injured shoulder for his trouble…
  37. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:44 am
    Stormers with a penalty in all of that and takes the lead

    Score Crusaders 3, Stormers 6

  38. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:46 am
    Taute of the field which bring the NZ wing,Sailosi Tagicakibau into the play for the Stormers for his first cap
  39. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:47 am
    Stormers came out with a bit more oemf in the second half and putting pressure on the Crusaders
  40. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:50 am
  41. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Brilliant De Villiers as Schalla gives Jean space and he kicks into space for de Allende to score !!!
  42. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:51 am
    Score Update: Crusaders 3, Stormers 13
  43. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:53 am
    It till a long way to go but the Crusaders looks to be in trouble nothing works for them and they making the mistakes you would have never seen from any Crusaders team before
  44. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:54 am
    The kicking out of hand from Stormers is still something that is pulling down all the hard work they do
  45. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:55 am
    In all that Scarra is off the field that looks like a leg injury, Tiaan in the middle now
  46. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:57 am
    Handling errors Crusaders 8 Stormers 4, not something you use from the Crusaders
  47. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:58 am
    Stormers now getting the go forward in the scrums as well getting the penalties from the ref.
  48. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 9:59 am
    Demetri Catrakilis kicking not their today to say the least
  49. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:01 am
    Crusaders getting a line break and almost get through but Stormers defence standing up to it again…

    They do give away a penalty and this time the Crusaders goes for the points

    Score update: Crusaders 6, Stormers 13

  50. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:02 am
    Ellis on for Crusaders at 9
  51. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:03 am
    Another try for the Stormers should take away the game from the Crusaders with 17 min left
  52. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:09 am
    Again the same with the ref picking of who’s scrum he will give an penalty
  53. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:10 am
    Crusaders score in corner as the finally break the Stormers defence
  54. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Score Update: Crusaders 11, Stormers 13 with 10 min to go
  55. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:12 am
    Stormers to go full out now on attack
  56. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:17 am
    Intercept by Rhodes but ref gives offside penalty and Crusaders kick over as the Crusaders take the lead with 4 minutes to play

    Score: Crusaders 14, Stormers 13

  57. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:21 am
    Stormers just cannot get through
  58. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:23 am
    Stormers lose this one but you would think how ease it is that crucial decisions goes towards the home teams…

    Crusaders 14, Stormers 13

  59. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 10:30 am
    Stormers can kick themselves as they had this game and gave it away….you have to look at some decision given and not given from ref and his assistant refs.

    The game was scrappy to say the least and Crusaders came together when it counts at the end and this just confirmed that these two teams are going to have long season.

    For the Stormers, they did look better once Tiaan replaced Scrarra and started to get over the Crusaders in the scrum and lineouts with some steals as well.

    At the breakdown the Stormers were brilliant today and their attack was with some more purpose the few times they did attack.

    The kicking game is still the biggest problem for the Stormers for as they kick with no real runners getting to these kicks.

    Stormers can take heart as they did play better this week but with the tour from hell for them you do not feel that they did enough to show us that they can beat the likes of the Chiefs, Brumbies and the Reds away from home.

    Brumbies and Reds will be their best changes but next week looms as a difficult prospect for the men from Cape Town.

    At least it is a point away from home.

  60. avatar
    Christo (Vetgesmeerde Blits)
    March 8, 2014 at 10:34 am
    Massive commitment from Stormers players. Well done, almost a great win.
  61. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    Please tell my why even the Kiwimob heaped praise
    on Schalk.
    How many times did he tackle a ball carrier back?
    How many times did he get over the advantage line?
    How many steals?
    Again nil?
    Apart from his perfect pass to JdeV that lead to De
    Allende’s try – what did he actually do apart from
    being a nuisance?
    And BTW I can’t see De Jongh replacing De Allende
    when he is fit. This chap looks better vir every
    Catrakilis’ kicking was poor. Grant can be back.
  62. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 12:42 pm
    @Boertjie: Oom

    Schalk made 18 tackle, carriers 13, turn overs 1, meters run 18, missed tackle 0,

    In Meters made by player he is the forward that made the most meters only backline players above him.

    I think he had a good game and did more than most from the Stormers forwards.

  63. avatar
    March 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    I’m talking abouit the quality of the tackles
    and the carries when he is tackled.

  64. avatar
    out wide
    March 9, 2014 at 12:02 am
    @ Boertjie – have a look at what one of the local journo’s think of Schalk’s performance –
  65. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    March 9, 2014 at 12:27 am

    so 13 carries for 18 metres. Thats about Spies-like numbers.

    Burger or no Burger I am sick of these flankers (supposedly link players) who get so much phase ball yet hardly ever does fuckall with it.

    Flankers are the new locks – they simply die with ball. No offloading, easy to bring to ground.

  66. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    March 9, 2014 at 12:33 am
    I see Keo is intent on writing every single 2007 Bok back into the fray. Matty, Burger, Steyn. So our golden era which delivered a 7th place in 2011 World Cup is still the best players we have?
  67. avatar
    March 9, 2014 at 12:58 am
    @Cheetah Glory: Nope never said that, burger had a good game and if you take he just came back from injury again, then you have to say it was not bad.

    Schalla is not Bok anymore but do give his all and played well today, everywhere I read and even SS studio felt the same. Me think the oom is just pissed off today

  68. DavidS
    March 9, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Better for people to know than make ill informed stupid remarks…

    I see Brendon is also in it


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