The game started with a crazy pace and the Stormers were quickly in the faces of the Bulls putting huge pressure on the Bulls.
They enjoyed early territory with the Bulls having to defend for all they were worth.
With a few opportunities the Stormers could not get passed the Bulls scrabbling defense. It was the Bulls on attack with Etzebeth getting a turnover in their own half and a quick tap from penalty resulted in a try for SP Marais.
That gave the Stormers a 7-0 lead. The Stormers kept the pressure on and moved quickly back into Bulls half and forced another penalty which Du Plessis kick over.
That took the score to 10-0 after 20 min.
The Stormers kept the pressure and played in Bulls half and with a great little touch from Viljoen, Kolbe got over for the Stormers second try.
This gave the Stormers a 17-0 lead and the Bulls struggling. The Stormers just kept on the pressure and scored their third try just before the half time hooter with Carr going over.
The Stormers had a good 24-0 lead going into the break.
The Bulls came out in the second half and put pressure on the Stormers from the start and scored their first try.
The Stormers hit back immediately and scored their forth try through their captain Kolisi in the corner which gave them a 29-5 lead.
It took the Bulls not long to get their second try as they got into the Stormers half from the restart. They scored their second try through Schoeman to take the led down to 29-12.
The Stormers got another penalty before the Bulls scored their third try which got the scoreboard to 32-17 after 62 min.
Some brilliant play from Stormers team interacting between forwards and backs got Leyds over in the corner to take the score to 37-17.
The Stormers kept the pressure on to try and get that bonus point try but Bulls defense hold strong.
At the end it was the Bulls that scored the final try of the match with the Stormers winning the game 39-24.
Stormers – Tries: SP Marais, Cheslin Kolbe, Nizaam Carr, Siya Kolisi, Dillyn Leyds. Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis (3). Penalties: Du Plessis (2).
Bulls – Tries: Hanro Liebenberg (2), Pierre Schoeman, Piet van Zyl. Conversion: Pollard, Tian Schoeman.
|February 25, 2017||7:00 pm||Super Rugby 2017||Vodacom Super Rugby 2017|
|ERF153664 Boundary Rd, Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa|
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