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Stormers top overall log

2012-07-14 16:48

Cape Town - The Stormers ran out worthy 26-21 winners over the Melbourne Rebels in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday afternoon.

It was the final 2012 league phase match for both teams and the Stormers' victory took them to the No 1 spot on the 2012 Super Rugby league standings.

It is the first time the Stormers have finished in the No 1 slot on the overall standings. The Stormers will enjoy a bye next week ahead of the semifinal round in a fortnight's time.

Many of the Rebels players were playing their final match for the Melbourne franchise and it was evident all afternoon that they wanted to sign off on a high note.

The Stormers' show of intent to run the ball at every opportunity coupled with the Rebels' unwavering commitment on defence made for an absorbing contest in the opening 20 minutes. The Rebels battled to contain the Stormers' early enterprise and they infringed twice in the first minutes and flyhalf Peter Grant goaled twice to give the Stormers an initial 6-0 lead.

The Stormers' backline was brought into play and it was only a matter of time before they broke though the Rebels' defence. Leftwing Bryan Habana streaked through in the 13th minute but referee Lourens van der Merwe ruled an infringement in the Stormers' approach work.

But two minutes later centre Juan de Jongh darted in for the first try of the match, with Grant adding the conversion to give the Stormers a 13-0 lead.

The Rebels responded with waves of attacks in the Stormers' 22-metre area.

However, the Rebels came away empty-handed after a 13-minute attacking spell against Super Rugby's finest defence.

On the stroke of halftime Grant succeeded with a 40-metre penalty (16-0).

The Rebels returned with an even greater sense of purpose in the second half and their pressure paid dividends twice in the opening 14 minutes. First prop Rodney Blake scored and scrumhalf Nick Phipps dotted down three minutes later. Fullback Julian Huxley converted both (16-14).

The 14-point setback served as a wake-up call for the Stormers and their backs and forwards combined splendidly in an upfield sortie which ended with De Jongh going in for his second try. Grant converted for a 23-14 lead. Rebel replacement Cooper Vuna ran in for the Rebels' third converted try in the 70th minute (23-21).

The Stormers tried to produce a grandstand finish to the regular season but their lone reward in the final minutes was a fourth Grant penalty (26-21).

Teams:

Stormers:
15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Deon Fourie, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5  Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Brok Harris, 17 Deon Carstens, 18 Quinn Roux, 19 Jebb Sinclair, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

Rebels:
15. Julian Huxley, 14. Mark Gerrard, 13. Mitch Inman, 12. Stirling Mortlock (captain), 11. Cooper Vuna, 10. James Hilgendorf, 9. Nick Phipps, 8. Gareth Delve, 7. Hugh Perrett, 6. Tim Davidson, 5. Hugh Pyle, 4. Cadeyrn Neville, 3. Jono Owen, 2. Ged Robinson, 1. Rodney Blake

Substitutes: 16. Luke Holmes, 17. Paul Alo-Emile, 18. Alister Campbell, 19. Ryan Hodson, 20. Nick Stirzaker, 21. Lachlan Mitchell, 22. Richard Kingi


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Comments
  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 16:51

    home final news24 . well done another nailbite last half well done boys

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 17:04

      Come now, paul ,you don't believe what you just said? .. are you putting money on it? ;-)

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 17:06

      actually did. befor the start of super 15 so will have a nice packet when they get to final. and two weeks back i thought i had lost that odds already. we might still see bulls not qualify !

      Johan - 2012-07-14 17:21

      You won't be in the final

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 17:37

      At least in the semis johan.. More than you can say!!

      Jason - 2012-07-14 17:43

      nick mallet said in Studio that the Stormers will win this title. Lets see SFL

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 17:55

      o bossie , congrats ! good job scraping the barrel ! Sorry to hear that Paul it's going to be a double whammy for you then

      Johan - 2012-07-14 19:00

      @Jason New profile pic? Well done, unfortunately still 12 chins. What do you weigh fatso?

      johan.stormer - 2012-07-14 19:08

      Ag Ou Johan Spies....Dankie vir nog een van daai akkurate voorspellings van jou ....Jy staan so op 2 uit 16 as ek dit reg het!!! Uitstekende %!!!! En dit is nou net op Stormer games....Jou Bul voorspellings was ook maar redelik onakkuraat!!! Stormer Groete

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 20:04

      @johan- weet jy wat.. Jy is n slegte mens..

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-14 20:06

      Hey Spies, I have to ask you again: where did you find that Ford Escort to Aston Martin conversion kit? Part of the package that converts a dude stocking the aisles in Safeway to a fake Orthopedic surgeon? Hehehehehehe...

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 09:35

      nick mallet said it i so, so it must be true. if u r going to nick mallet for your sage wisdom, u may as well listen to me. that guy is the most useless animal in that supersport studio

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-15 20:38

      Yeah let us ignore the sage advice of Nick Mallett whose Boks dominated the world in 1998, and tune in to Tardis.. Bwahahahahahah....

  • marnusmnorval - 2012-07-14 16:52

    Negative play to win. Bunch of thugs.

      Johan - 2012-07-14 17:22

      And ref assisted

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 17:40

      Johan- jyt my nog nie geantwoord nie.. Get daai tannie jou hart vinniger laat klop..??

      Johan - 2012-07-14 18:47

      So bietjie

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 19:53

      Soort seek Soort.. Ja Johan...

  • orrinf8 - 2012-07-14 16:53

    THE 'TABLE-TOPPING' MIGHTY STORMERS ARE WELL ON THEIR WAY TO WINNING THIS TOURNAMENT :) .. HERE WE GO STORMERS, HERE WE GO !!!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-14 16:59

      Glad you can call the mighty , lol !!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-14 17:08

      THE MIGHTY STORMERS, are on TOP of the s15 table .. who is gonna stop them, i repeat, WHO IS GONNA STOP THEM ?? STORMERS, JOU LEKKER DING !!!

      Johan - 2012-07-14 17:22

      @orrin Bulls/Crusaders/Sharks/Chiefs will stop the 16 yr cupless idiots

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 17:45

      @johan- bulls..?? Is dit daai pink pansies wat al 2 keer die jaar pak gekry het..?? Aaaaaaaaaahahahaha

      leon.devilliers.9 - 2012-07-14 19:49

      Bulls constantly the best S.A team in recent years... Go stormers...big chance now for home final

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 20:10

      Leon- recent...? Weet jy wat recent beteken..? 2 jaar te terug is nie "recent" nie..

      bushpigeventsbar - 2012-07-15 15:32

      johan.spies.18 : Die sotlike bulle het 2 keer hierdie jaar misluk Jaamer Seuns !!!

  • paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 16:57

    looks like the trolls been waiting to thumbs down all table topping storm comment. but guess what we at the top without a gimick bonus point.

      WernerZA - 2012-07-14 17:20

      You cannot buy a bonus point? Nor score more than 3 tries... But well done for scraping through.

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-14 18:22

      @WernerZA The Stormers have just proved that you don't need bonus points to finish top, despite the Bulls having 9 after round 15 they still may not play in the semis. Think before you drink & post crap.

      johan.stormer - 2012-07-14 19:10

      @ Werner - Ons bonus punte is darem nie vir elke week se verloor met minder as 7 punte soos in jou Bulletjies se geval nie!!! Volgende week is die laaste maal wat jy jou spannetjie in aksie sal sien in hierdie jaar se Super 15!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 23:59

      bud if the ref wasnt so bad against the chiefs the last 2 weeks, u would not be top. shocking calls from both TMOs. in the interest of fair rugby i find it horrific the decisions that were made. stormers should have their spot on top of SA conference but not a f*ck do they deserve top spot overall. the proof will be in the tasting now that round robin means nothing.

  • gawie.vandermerwe.7 - 2012-07-14 16:57

    Well done Stormers!!

  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-14 16:58

    Dammit rebels my teleurgestel en ek haat dit geluk stormers

  • brandon.styles.14 - 2012-07-14 16:59

    Not convincing at all, You can clearly see the lack of form, almost lost to the wooden spooners. The next game will be their last for sure. Same old story every year.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 17:11

      and this was *at home*

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 17:57

      At home like against the blues... Hoeveel games het die stormers tuis verloor die jaar.. Clue- selfde hoeveelheid as wat die bulls die magtige stormers kon wen hierdie jaar..

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 18:44

      bossie who's talking about the bulls ? we're talking about how p1ss poor your team was at home against the no-name rebels? "magtige stormers' .. hahahaha , bossie try and stay awake n their games man .. magtige ... good one

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 19:56

      Random- twice my baby... Twice!!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 20:05

      twice what bossie ?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 00:02

      Random, please keep in mind no matter how valid your point is the standard response is: 1. how did the bulls do against a completely unrelated team? 2. how did the bulls do against the stormers? 3. how far down the log are the bulls because they score tries Bud your intellect misses it's spot with these Neanderthals in the external words of limp biskit - keep on trollin' baby

      franklyn.davies.1 - 2012-07-15 18:05

      limp bizkit tom,dont mention intellect when you have the cranial capacity of a budgie poephol.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 18:55

      External words? geez bro if your intellect can't pick up the fact I am pulling the p*ss on 99% of my posts, I guess you are the budgie's poephol.

  • david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-14 17:00

    For a team that relies so much on defense, that was a very poor game. Better sides will put the Stormers to the sword. Would be worried if I were a Stormers fan. Now for my Sharks to show you how to play rugby. Go Sharks!!! (and I suppose the Bulls too, let us all get in the play-offs)

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-14 18:01

      mmmm - halftime score 15 - 6... so the Sharks are also struggling against the Cheetahs... at home nogal.. so we are waiting for the sharks to show us. having said that, I hope the sharks wake up in the second half and win the game, so we can get at least 2 sides in the play-offs...

      stiaan1 - 2012-07-14 18:17

      So far it isnt looking good for teh sharks

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-14 18:59

      thats how its done!! I'm not trying to pick a fight but surely you can admit the Stormers performance today was not a champion one. If the Sharks dont win the tournament, I really do wish the Stormers all the best. Good luck Bulls, push the Brumbies out the playoffs.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-14 20:22

      David - congrats - great second half by the Sharks. Good luck next weekend, it looks like you'll be playing the Reds... Which is the easier of the play-off games. The Bulls will more than likely face the Crusaders - I don't have much hope for them. So it will conceivably be the Stormers vs Sharks at Newlands in the semis.

      david.s.duncan.1 - 2012-07-14 20:52

      Look forward to it Frans. All the best, hope it's either the Sharks or Stormers who win.

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-14 17:02

    Nice one Stormers and deservedly so I must add given the season we've enjoyed thus far.Two weeks off and then the do or die moments next.Good show by the Rebels and they can hold their heads high despite the defeat.Cheers fellas.

  • bernard.kuhn - 2012-07-14 17:06

    baie geluk stormers! lekker rus volgende saterdag. nou wag ons net vir die lions en die sharks. Good luck!

  • Steven Trollip - 2012-07-14 17:20

    Moi Stormers!!!Go Sharks, Lions,Cheethas

  • Johan - 2012-07-14 17:20

    Met nog 'n formidabele poging van die ref! Wat 'n grap. Stormers gaan WEER struikel voor die finaal, lyk maar bitter average. 7 games diejaar gewen met die ref

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 17:49

      2 keer Johan..2 keer.. 2 keer verneder... Aaaaaaaaahahaha

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 17:59

      Bossie, you should try staying awake while your team plays

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 18:07

      @random- miskien so, maar liewers dit as wat ek n aar pop elke keer as my span speel!

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-14 18:57

      Ja ek verstaan bossie , slegter hart ? Jy is veilig met die zzztormezzz dan , geen kans dat enige iets opwindend sal gebeur .. moet net nie enige meer zztormerzzz games kyk die jaar ok ? Ek kom loer in an laat ons weet jy is ok nadat hulle in the semi verloor .. ons is bekommered oor jou nou

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-14 17:29

    One more game for you Stompies , you won't sneak three wins over the Bulls in one season! Craven

      eugene.lourens.18 - 2012-07-14 17:48

      Net soos die bulls ? Wat hulle laaste game speel

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-14 18:05

      Sorry craven... I am not sure we will play against the Bulls in the semis... they did not have a great trip abroad last time, so even if they make the play-offs, I don't expect them to go any further...

      Johan - 2012-07-14 19:03

      @eugene Ek sien daai slow puncture virus maak jou klaar. Ongelukkig nie pille vir daai outjie nie

      eugene.lourens.18 - 2012-07-14 19:08

      .@ johan ek sien jy nogsteeds op daai moftusbus wat na loftus toe ry saterdae

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-15 10:44

      and i don't think the bulls will sneak another win over the crusaders either especially away.

  • goodguy.buthelezi - 2012-07-14 18:20

    I am a Blue Bulls fan. However, my blood aint Blue no more! Call me a trator but the Stormers rocks! They are the best team in SA;)

      niel.walt - 2012-07-14 20:07

      Rugby doesn't need your kind, pls go watch something else.

      mathys.grotius - 2012-07-14 20:16

      Ek weni wate zol jy rook of eet nie ma jys heel duidelik nie reg ini kop nie jys n BLUE BULL FAN ma stomers is die BEST TEAM DUDE you SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 20:56

      @goodguy- niks fout daarmee om die lig te sien .. En dan n verandering vir die beter te maak!!

      sbonelo.dladla1 - 2012-07-15 05:13

      No! Sharks is the best!

  • Johan - 2012-07-14 18:47

    Welgedaan Manne! 14 uit 16 verdien julle top Spot....Kom ons maak dit 16 uit 18!!!

      Johan - 2012-07-14 19:02

      Waarvan 7 op 'n skinkbord deur die refs geskenk is

  • lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-14 18:48

    Mmmmmmmm...1ste helfte weereens goed en 2de helfte weereens aan die slaap of breindood. Geen,1 of al 2. Wen is n wen en al wat my Stormers nodig gehad het,maar om die toernooi te wen het ons baie meer nodig. Wel ek gaan dit geniet want ons bereik wat ons wou NOMMER 1 op die LOG! Jou lekker ding...

      Johan - 2012-07-14 19:02

      @lourens En ons almal weet en stem saam die koppie sal weereens nie op Nuweland staan nie. Het nog nooit

      lourens.vandervyver.798 - 2012-07-14 21:32

      Mmmmmmmmm...Wel Johan miskien hierdie jaar. Sterkte met jou span,die Bulls? Net bly daars darem 3 SA spanne wat dit gemaak het

      niel.walt - 2012-07-15 07:40

      Soos ek gister genoem het, julle is nr 1 omdat die chiefs geskroef is met n tmo besluit nie omdat julle so great is nie.

  • johan.stormer - 2012-07-14 19:02

    @ Dr Paul Johannes van Zyl alias Johan Spies/Fake Saffa - Jy moet maar in daai Tata bakkie (Aston soos jy na die karretjie verwys) van jou gaan klim en langs die Kanadese kus gaan ry saam met jou boyfriend want jou voorspellingtjies oor die Stormers is so verkeerd hierdie jaar en ek kry daai ou pienk bulletjies van jou so jammer wanneer hulle volgende week teen of die Crusaders of die Reds verloor! Stormers en Sharks enigste SA spanne wat verdien om daar bo te wees!!

  • Johan - 2012-07-14 19:05

    Redelik duidelik dat dit 'n Bulls-Chiefs final gaan wees met die mighty Bulls wat met hul 4de koppie gaan wegstap. (4 meer as die Stormers)

      bossie.delport - 2012-07-14 20:00

      Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahahahahaha...en die maan is van kaas

      backstabber.adder - 2012-07-14 20:23

      Spies se Ma 'n paar jaar gelede: "Johannie.... tyd vir jou pilletjies... Sit jou speelgoed trug in die laai - die Aston Martin en die stetoskoop. Kom nou my seun, doen jou huiswerk, ons gaan nie weer standerd 5 herhaal nie. As jy nie leer nie, sal ons jou Kanada toe moet stuur, want dis die enigste plek waar jy miskien 'n job sal kan kry. En rerig, jy moet nie so ongeskik wees met almal nie - ek was jou mond met seep uit.' Hehehehehehe...

      bfvillet - 2012-07-14 22:41

      julle het ses keer die jaar verloor twee van hulle teen die einste stormers waar val jy uit reken die crusaders skuld julle onthou jy nog wat op loftus gebeur het. Jirre julle het mos soos meide met blackadder tekere gegaan.Soos Tolla altyd gese het bloei solank

      johan.spies.18 - 2012-07-15 01:43

      @bfvillet Ek bl!ksem vir jou bewusteloos ou bees, jy kom vloek nie so hierso nie

      dawie.jakes - 2012-07-15 10:56

      johan spies, Jy bly maar n pateiese drol Elke keer as jy jou bek oopmaak bevestig jy dit. . gaan speel liewer met jou maatjies in die park waar hulle jou weer kan boelie

  • sizwe.schoeman - 2012-07-14 20:12

    Winning 14 of their 16 games was pretty impressive and they deserve the top spot, even the overall title. They made me proud .... Stroooormeersss!!!!

  • carol.bevis1 - 2012-07-14 20:25

    SHARKS

  • cf.coetzee.3 - 2012-07-14 21:11

    Jaaaaaa!proud of you boys enjoy the week of rest!cut down on the mistakes!

  • chris.booise - 2012-07-14 22:55

    Well done Stormers, but for heavens sake you can't play like this in the semi's and final.

  • jeanpierre.daries - 2012-07-15 00:03

    GIO APLON enough said!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-15 00:18

      poor oke elstadt coming in with no arms backfiring and knocking his own mate out. lekker rewound that incident over and over and over to watch it again and again- the funniest thing i have seen since dave roberts told that one guy and his wife that they were ugly

      jeanpierre.daries - 2012-07-15 23:23

      @Tom. Funiest thing????? A rugby player almost breaking his neck is that funny?????? Clearly you've neva eva played rugby in your life!!!!!!!!!

  • dawie.jakes - 2012-07-15 10:32

    johan spies, jy bly maar n patetiese drol

  • John - 2012-07-15 18:55

    Deon Fourie showed his worth and this is the plan that the coach should have made from the beginning instead of bringing in a foreign player. Sinclair is one of the laziest no8 I have seen and just a waste of time. Go back to Canada Sinclair and dont think you have made any positive contribution to the Stormers success

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