SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

This is truly a basement battle – the team in the last position on the standings host the team just above them.

However, the potential for it being one of the most entertaining games of the weekend is there. We saw how good the Stormers can be when they play with freedom, as they did in the first half of their win over the Lions last week. And the Cheetahs have, in small patches, showed some of the sublime touches that last year took them to the play-offs. If the two teams can ignore the desperate desire for a win that could help them avoid finishing last, they could end the weekend on a thrilling note.

However, Stormer coach Allister Coetzee suggested the ‘fear of failure’ may still play a role. “Local derbies are completely different,” Coetzee told a media briefing in Cape Town. he added that the two teams’ positions on the standings are no indication of their potential. “The Cheetahs are at home, they have got a fantastic set-piece and they have got a great driving maul,” the Stormers coach said. “They have got a stable team, the continuity is there and on the day they can beat any team.

“We know what is coming our way. As much as teams have scored against them, I think those tries only come from turnover possession and I am sure they have been looking at themselves also and backing them to keep the ball in hand.” Coetzee felt that the Cheetahs will not repeat their conservative tactics that kept them in the game for long periods against the table-topping Sharks last week.

“If we come with a wall of defence, they are going to try and go over us or around us, that is what we are expecting,” the Stormers mentor added.

Recent results:
2013: Stormers won 28-3, Cape Town
2013: Cheetahs won 26-24, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 13-6, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 16-14, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 44-34, Bloemfontein
2011: Stormers won 21-15, Cape Town


Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Raymond Rhule, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Ryno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Sarel Pretorius, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Jean Cook, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Andries Ferreira, 3 Nicolaas van Dyk, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Rossouw de Klerk, 19 Walter Vermeulen, 20 Teboho Mohoje, 21 Shaun Venter, 22 Riaan Smith, 23 Cornal Hendricks.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Devon Williams, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Jurie van Vuuren, 20 Schalk Burger, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Kobus van Wyk.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Francois de Bruin (South Africa)
TMO: Johan Greeff (South Africa)

  50 comments for “SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

  1. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 4:44 pm
    Gonna be exciting to see if the Stormers will build on the change of mind-set in their game plan which they show a bit of last week…
  2. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:04 pm
    Ready in Bloem!!!!
  3. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:08 pm
    Some excitement from Devon Williams as he run down field and kick ahead….
  4. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:10 pm
    TRY Stormers as Carr goes over from the 5 meter scrum…

    Stormers lead 7-0

  5. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:17 pm
    Penalty Stormers right in front for playing in the tackle….Grant going for poles…..


    Stormers lead 10-0

  6. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm
    TRY Cheetahs!!! Willie Le Roux kick for wing(Hennie Daniller) and he score in the corner…..

    Stormers lead 10-5

  7. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:24 pm
    Beautiful Cheetahs as Brussouw takes the break and put Benjamin in space to score

    Scores level at 10 all

  8. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:32 pm
    The Cheetahs with brilliant hands and almost score again with a slight knock on…..
  9. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:39 pm
    Cheetahs full of running and lead now 13-10
  10. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    Willie Le Roux!
  11. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:42 pm
    Supreme paly from Cheetahs as Willie score through the smallest of spaces great rugby from the Cheetahs as they score their third try..

    Cheetahs lead 20-10

  12. Bekke
    April 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    Komaan Cheetahs, fok hulle goed op!
  13. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:43 pm
    Stormers need to make play slower I feel otherwise the Cheetahs are gonna run away with this
  14. Bekke
    April 26, 2014 at 5:44 pm
    Coleman and Taute – 2 wankers in same team
  15. Bekke
    April 26, 2014 at 5:48 pm
    Jean trying his best to miss 100% of his tackles
  16. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    Cheetahs lead 20-10 at half time and playing the better rugby…direct, with purpose and with speed…..great hands and attitude from the men from Bloem
  17. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 5:50 pm
    Yes the whole world wants the Cheetahs to win.
  18. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:00 pm
  19. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    Second half to start in Bloem with the Cheetahs lead 20-10
  20. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:01 pm
    Stormers to go back into their shell now…
  21. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:03 pm
    Grant going for poles…..

    and he miss

  22. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm
    All Stormers play in the backline is behind the advantage line…
  23. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:10 pm
    Scalla on the field
  24. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:12 pm
    Great steal from Fourie with Cheetahs hammering away at Stormers
  25. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:17 pm
    Cheetahs with penalty kick extend their lead to 23-10
  26. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:20 pm
    Stormers goes over but TMO for taking the player out
  27. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:21 pm
    No Try
  28. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:23 pm
    Torsten Van Jaarsveld replacing Boom Prinsloo
  29. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm
    Great break from Jean and Williams score his first Supershit try
  30. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:25 pm
    Cheetahs lead 23-15 after the try from Willians
  31. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:27 pm
    Grant having a shocker
  32. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:36 pm
    Turnover from cheetahs and they score on the other side
  33. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:38 pm
    Cheetahs lead 30-15
  34. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    Cheetahs running the Stormers off the field now as they score another try through Trevor Nyakane
  35. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:41 pm
    Cheetahs lead now 35-15
  36. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:44 pm
    Beautiful try from Jean and de Allende…..

    Cheetahs lead 35-22

  37. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:46 pm
    Cheetahs win the Stormers 35-22
  38. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:49 pm
    One should not laugh at others misfortune but one cannot one help ones self wahahahahahaha
  39. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:50 pm
    Great win from Cheetahs tonight…..played for long time in the right places and Willie made a huge impact with his brilliant skill and touches in the game…..

    Stormers showed again better commitment but too many mistakes and penalties again for them…..

    Stormers just need to take this season to mould their game into something better and build on that….and hopefully AC and co will be fired as well

  40. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:53 pm
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: Just a great game to have watch….Cheetahs game just that much better than were the Stormers are right now but they are on the right way at least….playing better than the shit they dished up in the first half of the season.

    In Super Rugby I do not get happy for a SA team struggling….want to see our teams getting better and growing the game

  41. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 6:56 pm
    Great sports from Nick and the guys in the studio
  42. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 7:00 pm
    Great game of rugga from both Cheetahs and Stormers and one I enjoyed ……Stormers shows signs of getting to the right game plan….Cheetahs shows how dangerous they can be on attack…..Willie was brilliant like always and Jean played a brilliant game for the losing team…
  43. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 7:07 pm
    Thought Schalla and Coleman made a difference in the second half for the Stormers……
  44. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    April 26, 2014 at 8:05 pm
    Jean showing again why he is a wing and not a 12. No impact whatsoever as a playmaking 12 cause he does not have the hands, but he is good line runner and very good at wing. I thought Benjamin comprehensively outplayed him as out and out 12. The latter also made a try and scored one, but was far more industrious on attack.

    Fourie is an yster and needs to be a Bok. Vermeulen is a donkey and needs to be a lock. Brussouw and Burger will be great partnership as both look to offload and both are menace in ruck play.

    But HM will go for Alberts (donkey), Deysel (donkey) and Vermeulen (donkey) and Coetzee (donkey) and we will have no spark in our loose trio.

  45. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    April 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    And forget that Fourie is not the best thrower. Fucks sakes what he gives you in open play will make him an All Black, but because he misses one or two line-outs, which happen 5 times a game, we wont choose him.

    Get our priorities right, pick the right players and we can beat the kiwis.

  46. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm
    @Cheetah Glory: Jip it all depends on what game he will play and we all know which one that will be…
  47. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 8:11 pm
    @Cheetah Glory:

    Unless Brussouw proves that he can walk on water.

    This game had everyting, also enough bashing up.
    Strange how the Cheetahs fixed ALL their mistakes
    and shortcomings in ONE game.

  48. avatar
    April 26, 2014 at 8:21 pm
    @Boertjie: :agree:
  49. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    April 26, 2014 at 8:52 pm

    You could see in cheetahs body language they were up for this game. But still, a kiwi team would have burried them in last 10 minutes. Stormers just not used to running it and Cheetahs were getting lax (again).

  50. avatar
    Cheetah Glory
    April 26, 2014 at 8:57 pm
    Stormers (and SA) just wont learn. Dont give your good ball to Carr or De Villiers or Vemeulen. Give it to Fourie and De Jong who can step and dance and make meters (same as kiwis do).

    Our sides seem to give all the ripest fruits to our Bismarcks and Alberts and big tanks. Why? You only need scrummie to fall in front of them?

    Much harder to tackle the Fouries type elusive runners.

    But De Villiers and Vermeuleun (and Strauss for Cheetahs) are the elder statesmen so you MUST pass to them no matter if none of them make a meter on attack ever.


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