Another bonus point win for Stormers

May 25, 2014
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The Stormers won their fifth Super Rugby match of the 2014 season when they beat the Cheetahs 33-0 at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town.

The Stormers scored two tries in each half of the contest whilst also keeping the Cheetahs tryless. Earlier this season the Cheetahs beat the Stormers 35-22 in Bloemfontein. The loss for the Cheetahs who reached the play offs last year is their 10th this season from 14 matches. Their record now stands at three wins one draw and a 10 losses.

The result moved the Stormers above the Cheetahs and into third place in the South African Conference and into 11th place overall. The Stormers were forced into several pre-match changes when their captain Jean de Villiers and Brok Harris were declared unfit to play. New Springbok training squad member Damian de Allende was moved from right wing to inside centre to fill in for De Villiers, and flank Schalk Burger took over the captaincy.

Kobus van Wyk came off the bench to take De Allende’s place, and Samoan-born Sailosi Tagicakibau was named as a substitute. On the bench, Harris was replaced by loosehead prop Martin Dreyer. A sixth-minute driving maul from a line-out five metres away from the Cheetahs tryline was rounded off by hooker Deon Fourie diving over for the first try of the match.

Flyhalf Kurt Coleman’s conversion attempt was short – it hovered in the air, as the wind held it up. Cheetahs Skipper Adriaan Strauss was yellow-carded in the 21st minute for a dangerous tackle on Van Wyk. Reserve hooker Torsten van Jaarsveld joined the fray and eighthman Boom Prinsloo was sacrificed to ensure the Cheetahs were restricted to 14 players at the time.

Coleman opened up an 8-0 lead with a 35m penalty in the 29th minute. The hosts sprung an adventurous 34th minute move from their own 22 and with backs and forwards linking superbly in an upfield surge, Van Wyk ended off by running through the Cheetahs defence to score his side’s second try. This time Coleman goaled the conversion.

At the start of the second half, Siya Kolisi replaced Burger who seemed to be troubled by a knock to his neck, early in the match. In the backline, first-half try-scorer Van Wyk made way for Tagicakibau. Coleman added a penalty in the 51st minute as the Stormers took an 18-0 lead. Just on the hour mark, substitute Peter Grant, who had barely been on the field for a minute goaled a penalty.

In the 69th minute, the Stormers’ pressure took its toll and Kolisi romped in for a converted try. The home side secured the bonus point three minutes from time, as Tagicakibau scored his first try in a Stormers jersey.

Grant’s conversion attempt failed, but it did not matter as the home side claimed a resounding victory.

Final Score Stormers 33 (15) Cheetahs 0 (0)

Scorers

Stormers
Tries – D.Fourie, K. van Wyk, S.Kolisi,S. Tagicakibau
Pen – K.Coleman 2. P.Grant
Con – K.Coleman, P.Grant
Drop -
Cards – M.Rhodes (73rd min yellow)

Cheetahs

Cards – A.Strauss (21st min yellow)

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10 Comments

  1. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 12:14 am

    Highlights:

  2. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 4:13 am

    What has happened to the Cheetah’s pack… their loosies are shite and bullied all day… and as for the tackling… thankfully FRans is back as WLR should be nowhere near a Bok team…

    Burger is back to his best (as per norm)… his link play is better than many backs…

    Oupa Mohoje in the Bok squad… that’s a joke right? Burger/Kolisi and co made him look like a Vodacom Cup player!

    Stormers starting to look decent again…

  3. avatar Americano says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 6:52 am

    Bunny,

    Please contact Interpol asap in accordance with Internets Law.
    It’s readily apparent AlQueida has co-opted Bryce’s password and login information.

    “thankfully FRans is back as WLR should be nowhere near a Bok team…”

    I mean bleep me runnin’. 33-0 away game holocaust & SunKing-Willie is the one to catch shade?
    Has any team been blanked the entire tournament this year? Whattabout last year even?
    How bout yanking Strauss’ capataincy away from him so fast he doesn’t believe/asks to see it again?
    ( Wanna see my draw – Wanna see it Again? :-) )

    Thank goodness Western History isn’t the topic being commented on. I can see a post entitled “King Leonaidas & His 300 Spartans – Wiped Out Losers or Just Chumps?”

    Rejoice the Messerschmitt didn’t get hurt in this charade ( I know HM will & that’s why I heart him ). Reminds me of this song – how tragic that would have been:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kws2-l5Fsrs

    And if this really is Bryce- luckily the calandar serves you – Sunday’s always ideal for seeking penance.

  4. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 8:32 am

    @Americano: The weather was kak yesterday, I played in weather like that in Cape Town when I was in school. The Stormers smothered the Cheetahs from the start and the way this are going this year, you do not win that easily away from home….

    This should be a warning for the Sharks and the Bulls who still have to come to Newlands.

    Willie did not have a great game but who had one yesterday for the Cheetahs?

    Naka laughing at the end when Willie knock the ball back for Stormers to score sums up the Cheetahs day….

    I can think back at the Stormers game against the Lions, same thing….

    Some days you just do not switch on and that happens a=in any sport.

  5. avatar Duiwel says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 12:01 pm

    Fair point Americano.
    However WlR defensive frailties
    as his physical stature is as much
    a negative in tight games
    as is his brilliance in open play.

  6. avatar Boertjie says:
    May 25th, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    @Duiwel:

    Then again Naas tackled only once in his career.
    I dotted down the date: 25 August 1979.
    :weed:

  7. avatar Cheetah Glory says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

    Stormers were so up for this game and played wonderful footy.

    Cheetahs just never in it at all, which is disappointing for professionals and just again proves how Strauss has slipped this year.

    He just got grootkop after a season with Boks and needs to be dropped a notch.

    Just loved how the Stormers approached attack. Speed in everything. Straight running, hard tackling. Beautiful!

  8. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    @Cheetah Glory:

    Strauss is still their best forward by quite some measure… those loose-forwards on the other hand… rubbish!

  9. avatar bryce_in_oz says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    @Americano:

    His slipping of tackles… chipping possession away is beyond painful and has lead to several tries already this season…

  10. avatar Jacques(Bunny) says:
    May 26th, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Evox exclusive with DHL Stormers after Cheetahs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oSnwJpCgrJ8

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