SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

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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

Teams:

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)

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50 Comments on SR: Toyota Cheetahs 35, DHL Stormers 22

  1. 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

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  2. @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

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  3. 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…
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  4. 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.

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  5. 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.

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  6. @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.
    :applause:

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  7. @Boertjie:

    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).

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  8. 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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