Cape Town - The Stormers set back the Cheetahs' playoff hopes by winning 28-3 in
their one-sided South African Super Rugby derby on Saturday.
Deon Fourie and Siya Kolisi scored tries in each half and Bryan
Habana's 71st-minute score made certain there was no way back for the
clumsy Cheetahs, who missed out on an important opportunity.
Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs could register only a Riaan Smit penalty - the game's first points - in a surprisingly flat performance on Super
They appeared to be the team to have lost the most
momentum after the monthlong break for internationals, showing none of
the attacking flair and thrust that's led them to their best Super Rugby
season so far and the brink of the playoffs.
The Cheetahs remain
sixth and in the final playoff place with two rounds of games remaining,
but with next weekend's home meeting with the eighth-placed Blues of
New Zealand now a season-defining matchup for both.
disappointing. Definitely the shocker of the year for us," Cheetahs
captain Adriaan Strauss said of Saturday's slump in Cape Town. "Write
this one off and look forward to the Blues game."
Fourie rumbled over in a maul in the 37th to spark the Stormers, who
have struggled through this year after finishing top of the
regular-season standings in 2012.
Kolisi's angled run opened a big hole for the newly capped Springbok to range through in the 66th for his try.
Springbok Habana slid in on the left wing for a late score and the
wing's 55th Super Rugby try to go with his 50 test tries.
The Stormers moved up to 10th with seven wins and seven losses.
15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12.
Damian de Allende, 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Elton Jantjies, 9. Louis
Schreuder, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Deon Fourie (captain), 6. Siya Kolisi, 5.
De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Siyabonga
Ntubeni, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Martin
Bezuidenhout, 17. Ross Geldenhuys, 18. Gerbrandt Grobler, 19. Don
Armand, 20. Dewaldt Duvenage, 21. Gary Van Aswegen, 22. Gerhard van den
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Willie le Roux,
13 Johann Sadie, 12 Robert Ebersohn, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Riaan Smit, 9
Piet van Zyl, 8 Philip van der Walt, 7 Pieter Labuschagne, 6 Heinrich
Brüssow, 5 Rynhardt Landman, 4 Lodewyk de Jager, 3 Lourens Adriaanse, 2
Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Coenie Oosthuizen.
Ryno Barnes, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Petrus Vermeulen, 19 Johannes
Prinsloo, 20 Sarel Pretorius, 21 Elgar Watts, 22 Howard Mnisi.