SR: DHL Stormers 16(16),Vodacom Bulls 0(0)


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The Bulls, with a mathematical chance of still making the play-offs, have a lot more to lose.

In 10th place on 33 points and need to win their last two round-robin matches with the full complement of points.

Even if they took the full 10 points from the two remaining games, their fate was still out of their hands as results in the other matches could leave them out in the cold.

Stand-in captain Victor Matfield, however, said the team needed little motivation when they travelled down to Cape Town to face a resurgent Stormers side.

Recent results:
2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria
2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 19-14, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 20-17, Cape Town
2011: Bulls 19-16, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 23-13, Pretoria


Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Seabelo Senatla.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 William Small-Smith.

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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  1. Nie sleg vir C span Stormers nie – take a bow Gert! En shame on hak hak: sy maatjie greyling in sy moer geskrum! Wahahahah

  2. Jees we were lucky to get 0. What a horrible game. Stormers were better, deserved the win but what a horrible second half by both teams.

  3. I didn’t watch… was it really that bad?

    ps Bekke

    Bulls w/o any starting loose forwards and one lock and Stormers without starting locks and flyhalf seem pretty balanced in terms of personnel losses to me…

    But don’t let reality spoil a good wank fantasy…


  4. Okay now I did…

    I sincerely hope we can blame someone for this spectacle of shame because this is two of the three sides that provide the most Springboks…

    Bulls were lucky to get 0 and the Stormers should also have been awarded 0 just on what they dished up and loosely termed rugby… the only thing iit had in common with rugby was 49 idiots in a field 100m x 50m with an oval ball… there it ended…

    Was there bad weather or something?

  5. Daiwe, that was probably the worst game of rugby I have ever seen. Really poor rugby. Stormers were playing good rugby for the first 20 min’s, there after neither team did anything to coat themselves in glory.

  6. Nick Mallett calling the Bulls leaderless
    was quite a prize winning comment.

    Stormers did all the hard work first 20
    minutes – only 13 tackles to Bulls 62.

    First half: Stormers carried 218 metres,
    Bulls 77.

    Bulls probably the best team second half.

  7. Getting argumentative with the referee was probably not the best idea Matfield has ever had, but Craig Joubert’s refereeing was seriously bizarre.

    He got the “line-out was over” call” completely wrong.

    Ditto for the two early scrum penalties. Stormers TH was boring in on the Bulls hooker. It’s impossible for a LH to scrum straight forward if the guy you’re pushing against is shifting to your right.

    And it should have been clear, even with the most rudimentary knowledge of physics, that Deon Fourie could not possibly be supporting his own body weight whilst his center of mass is a meter or so in front of his feet. Hand on the ground? Leaning on the pile? No problem. Craig Joubert will give you the penalty anyway.

  8. Not the best or worst game I have seen. Stormers were very good for first 25 and defended their lead like they usually do to the frustration of their fans. The Bulls were very poor. Their far inferior loose trio was the biggest reason for their poor play imo.
    It was a night for the orks as Bryce would say. Carr, de Jonge, Kolbe, Deon Fourie and Aplon all outshone their larger opponents. Ross an JJ not doing well at this level.
    But this won’t suddenly make the Stormers season less of a failure. Hopefully they will build a little momentum an belief going into the Currie Cup.

  9. Timeo, granted Joubert had a horrible night with the whistle, but wouldnt have made a massive difference IMO, as the Bulls were just not really good enough. Stormers deserved their win by virtue of taking their chances in those first 20 mins.

    Having said that, I hope the IRB does something about the standard of refreeing. This year’s superrugby season have seen some of the worst decisions ever, not to mention some of the decisions in the international matches this year. Really shocking.

  10. @DavidS:
    “Stormer’s C-team” was stretching it a bit, but the injury list is quite substantial:
    De Villiers
    De Allende

    …and I might have missed a couple more?