Cape Town -
The Stormers ran out deserved 16-0 winners on the back of an
impressive first half performance against traditional rivals the Bulls
in a Super Rugby derby at Newlands on Saturday evening. As it happened: Stormers v Bulls
without relegation fears or play-off anxiety brought out the best in the
Stormers, as the Bulls were forced to settle for a largely defensive
role for almost all of the first half.
The Bulls were forced into
an 11th hour change after fullback Jurgen Visser withdrew during the
warm-up and Ulrich Beyers was named as a late replacement.
Despite the heavy rainfall for the past two days, the teams were presented with a well-drained field at the kick-off.
temperatures were not enough to keep the crowd, who braved the
conditions and soon warmed to the action as the Stormers dominated
proceedings in the opening 10 minutes, when they threatened to score on a
number of occasions.
Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman slotted a
fourth minute penalty after his teammates impressed with strong ball
carries into the Bulls 22m area.
The early pressure took its toll
on the Bulls' defence when they leaked an inviting opening in midfield
and Stormers fullback Jaco Taute streaked through for a 13th minute
The Bulls' defence was still under pressure in the
ensuing stages but other than conceding another Coleman penalty in the
24th minute, they kept their lines intact.
As the half-time break
approached, the Stormers continued to run hard at their visitors, but a
combination of stout defence and poor decision-making denied them a
deserved second try.
On the stroke of half-time, Coleman scored a
third penalty to round off the first-half, and as it turned out, it was
also to be the final score.
The Bulls secured more possession in the opening 10 minutes of the second half and their efforts were worth a reward.
however, crept into their game at crucial stages and they failed to
exploit their early second-half territorial advantage.
Stormers saw off the Bulls' early pressure, they managed to transfer
play to their opponents' half on the hour but with it came a brief
downpour, which made underfoot conditions slippery.
were never able to regain their momentum and were not able to string as
many phases together, seldomly threatening the Bulls' tryline.
Stormers leftwing Cheslin Kolbe came close with a try in the 67th min but he was shepherded into touch by the cover defence.
minutes later, the Cape side decided to put the result beyond doubt
when referee Craig Joubert awarded them a 70th minute penalty, but
Coleman's kick attempt was thwarted by the upright.
Defeat for the Bulls means an end to their slender chance of reaching the play-offs.
Stormers 16 (16): Try: Jaco Taute. Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalties: Coleman (3)
Bulls (0) 0.
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
Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Seabelo Senatla
15 Ulrich Beyers, 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
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