SR: Cell C Sharks 18, DHL Stormers 22


The Sharks are not the current Super Rugby log-leaders for nothing. They displayed their championship credentials with a clean sweep on the New Zealand leg of their tour.

And they are up against a Stormers outfit with almost an entire team sidelined through injuries – players like Tiaan Liebenberg, Schalk Burger, Siyabonga Ntubeni, Eben Etzebeth, Steven Kitshoff and Jean de Villiers, to name but a few.

However, the biggest threat to the visitors is not so much their extensive injury list, but rather the quality of the players the Sharks will field.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee admitted the Sharks’ historic and dramatic win over the Crusaders in Christchurch a fortnight ago says a lot about their character and state of mind.

Recent results:
2013: Stormers won 22-15, Cape Town
2013: Sharks won 12-6, Durban
2012: Sharks won 26-19, Cape Town (semifinal)
2012: Sharks won 25-20, Durban
2012: Stormers won 15-12, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 32-12, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 16-6, Durban


Sharks: 15 SP Marais, 14 JP Pietersen, 13 Sibusiso Sithole, 12 Paul Jordaan, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Francois Steyn, 9 Cobus Reinach, 8 Willem Alberts, 7 Lubabalo Mtembu, 6 Marcell Coetzee, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Etienne Oosthuizen, 3 Jannie du Plessis, 2 Bismarck du Plessis (captain), 1 Tendai Mtawarira.
Replacements: 16 Kyle Cooper, 17 Dale Chadwick, 18 Lourens Adriaanse, 19 Ryan Kankowski, 20 Keegan Daniel, 21 Charl McLeod, 22 Tim Swiel, 23 Heimar Williams.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Stephan Coetzee, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Michael Willemse, 17 Sithembiso Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Manuel Carizza, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Peter Grant.

Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Stuart Berry, Stefan Breytenbach
TMO: Johan Greeff

Source: Rugby365

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  1. Haha, poor Jaques Botes caught in only his underpants as supersport cameras cross over too changeroom.

  2. What happened to Gary van Aswegen? Thought he was being groomed to become Stormers first choice flyhalf.
    See Cheetahs is looking to buy him.

  3. been watching both games (sharks and leinster) and must say we are just so bloody boring ass its not funny. The only reason we still anywhere is because for 4 months of a season the guys up here play in horrible conditions.

    This ‘lets not lose’ bullocks is killing our rugby, but you guys will not listen…

  4. Yip, en booooooring bulls is los voor. Sharks / Stormers was uiters swak, maar ek wil nog sien of daai pierewaaiers up north die fisiese tackles sal kan vat soos ons manne week na week.

  5. The signs were there in the way the
    Guppies lost to the Brumbies and
    struggled to beat the low-lying Blues.

    Outside of their forwards, they have
    no strategy of attack. And if the
    forwards are tamed – this time by
    a rookie pack – they lose.


  6. These were worse than rookies – some Stormers have not even played Vodacom cup yet! But maybe that is exactly it: Nobody has yet taught them that you are just supposed to kick everything away.

  7. @Bekke:

    exactly. these rookies need very quickly to learn the chess game we call rugby thesedays. Stupid fools to go out and play to win!

  8. we have too many ‘reputations’ in our game. ‘strong man’ this and ‘yster’ that and ‘solid’ he and ‘consistent’ him.

    Thats how you end up with a Callie Visagie in a country that has a Burden and a Fourie.

    Meyer went out on a limb with Willie. Surely he cannot risk another ‘risk’ player?

  9. Same mistake Tina made in that S15 final
    vs the Bulls, when Habana stole the winning

    Some people never learn from history.