SR: Reds 22 DHL Stormers 17


imagesThe Reds can do themselves a huge favour by stop complaining that they were “robbed” by South African referee Stuart Berry – with SANZAR having cleared the match official of any wrongdoing.

What is important is that the Reds put their winless tour of South Africa quickly behind them and focus on their own shortcoming if they want to remain in the play-off race.  They’re up against an equally desperate Stormers team, who are in the midst of some major internal politics – with a management shake-up on the cards when the team returns to South Africa.  After three defeats on a fruitless Australasian tour the Stormers hierarchy have called former Ireland forwards coach and Springbok assistant Gert Smal in to salvage the sinking ship.

The Reds and Stormers have met 17 times in Super Rugby, with seven wins for Queensland. The Reds’ record against the Stormers in Brisbane reads five wins from nine matches.

Their most recent match against the Stormers was a 20-15 loss in Cape Town in 2013.

Recent results:
2013: Stormers won 20-15, Cape Town
2012: Stormers won 23-13, Brisbane
2011: Reds won 19-6, Cape Town
2010: Reds won 16-13, Brisbane
2009: Stormers won 27-24, Cape Town
2008: Stormers won 34-16, Brisbane


Reds: 15 Lachie Turner, 14 Rod Davies, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Mike Harris, 11 Dom Shipperley, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Jake Schatz, 7 Beau Robinson, 6 Eddie Quirk, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 James Hanson 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga’a, 17 Albert Anae, 18 Jono Owen, 19 Ed O’Donoghue, 20 Curtis Browning, 21 Nick Frisby, 22 Anthony Fainga’a, 23 Ben Lucas.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Jurie van Vuuren, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Tazz Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Jaco Taute.

Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Rohan Hoffmann (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)

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  1. De Jong gets a great break just to spill it and Reds back on attack from within their own half….

    Reds try the kick through but Stormers gather and the play end up in Stormers half with their ball

  2. Reds spill the ball in attack giving the Stormers an attacking opportunity from their own 22 but the ball get spilled by winger for scrum to Reds….

    Reds on attack from scrum…

    Reds try but just can get through Stormers defence.

  3. TRY Reds!!!!

    Simmons goes over….just like any new law introduced by IRB referees checked for it for about four weeks and then let it go….not one of the Reds putting in the scrums was straight tonight…

    Reds now lead the game 10-7

  4. Reds lead at half time 13-10…..

    Stormers will never win a game with this kind of gameplan…

    Just happy to defend and wait for something to happen..No spark in attack and kicking the ball senselessly up field..

    Just a matter of time for the Reds to kick in and take this game if the Stormers are not going to start attacking with purpose…

    Reds is doing all the play and look dangerous on attack…

    Will have to see if the Stormers will change their ways in the second half….

    Don’t know why AC said in the week he is excited about the backline if his game plan does not bring them into play

  5. The less said about the Stormers the better for their supporters….

    Another dreadful display by a team that should have won this game but the inability to create tries and attack with purpose led them down again…

    The Reds was also not that great and did show at least more on attack…..

    Stormers need major change in the way they play the game otherwise they will stay at the bottom of the log….

    One can only hope as a Stormers supporter that they will get that attacking back in their play once they back from this tour for Hell….

  6. Tough year to be a Stormers surporter. Their games are hard to watch, you can see they are trying, but it looks like their defence first gameplan has been worked out, Brendan Venter showed how to break them down in the CC last year.

    As a Jhb resident I am surporting my secomd team at Ellispark, have been to the last 2 home games. The 9, 10, 12 players a real improvement from previous years. So good to see the schoolboy wonder Watermeyer reaching his potential at last after so many years in the wildernis.

  7. Dit was rerig skokkend…

    Kan nie glo De Jongh was ‘n Springbok nie… miskien ‘n Springbok mampparra… en hoe minder mens oor Deon Fourie se ingoi sê hoe beter… jis dit het gesuig… huy moet maar op flank bly.

  8. Stormers het ook vier reguit ingooie verloor.
    Dis omtrent hul agtste paar slotte.

    One thing I noticed:
    No reset or collapsing scrums!
    Has the new rule got something to do with it –
    9 putting in, not waiting for ref?

    Didn’t see the Blues game though.

  9. Do I need to say it, fire the kak AA coach and terrible management. Going to watch this team at Newlands is like the idiots who keep voting ANC but complain they are still poor.

    Support the Sharks…