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    Duane: It was hard not to retaliate

    2015-02-23 14:18

    Cape Town - Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen was delighted with his team’s performance against the Blues this past weekend.

    The Stormers top the overall Super Rugby standings after two rounds as they’ve won both their games against the Bulls (29-17) at Loftus and Blues (27-16) at Newlands.

    Vermeulen was in a jubilant mood after their latest victory in Cape Town as they displayed a positive performance against a dangerous Blues team.

    Dillyn Leyds and Nic Groom scored a try each, while Demetri Catrakilis (four penalties and a conversion) and Kurt Coleman (one penalty) kicked the other points.

    “It was a very good performance against the Blues from the boys. We got what we wanted out of it,” Vermeulen told

    “We played with a positive mindset. We pursued the try early in the game as we got the penalty close to the touchline, and it worked out for us as Nic Groom scored from the following lineout.

    “We decided to kick to poles during the second half to close out the game. I thought it was the best decision against a dangerous Blues team, who can change a game in an instant. Five minutes is a long time in rugby, so we didn’t want to take any chances. At the end of the day, we’re happy with the win.”

    Vermeulen was also involved in an incident during the first half as he was the recipient of punches from Blues lock Hayden Triggs, who received a red card for his foul play.

    On Monday, it was announced that Triggs was slapped with a one-week suspension following his disciplinary hearing.

    “It’s a tough situation to be in, especially in the heat of the moment. It was hard not to retaliate, but I managed to keep my cool. Hopefully the youngsters can learn from that incident. In rugby, you have to keep your calm, and let the referee control the disciplinary issues,” explained Vermeulen.

    The Stormers will now set their focus on the Lions as they make the trip to Johannesburg for Super Rugby round three this weekend.

    The Lions beat the Stormers in Johannesburg last season, as the hosts managed a 34-10 win.

    “It definitely won’t be an easy game, but we will start our preparations for the match on Monday. We’ve had a positive start to the 2015 Super Rugby campaign, but we won’t get ahead of ourselves and take each week and each game as a new challenge.”

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