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)

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  1. 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. 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…..

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. Wow… Stormers looking so good and then Saders took it all the way back… Stormers tackling like nutters… phew…

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 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

  9. 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

  10. 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

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. @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.

  14. @Jacques(Bunny):

    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.

  15. 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?

  16. @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