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Stormers work terribly hard

2012-04-08 18:01

Wellington - The Stormers are threatening to run away with the Super Rugby championship after they humbled the Highlanders 21-6 at the weekend in a top-of-the-table clash.

There was a clear gulf in class between the top two sides and the Stormers' big win sends out a real warning to the teams hoping to bridge the gap before the playoffs.

If there is a chink in the Stormers' armoury, it is an inability to score tries: they sit on 28 points from six wins and a bye, but have failed to pick up any four-try winning bonus points.

The Highlanders slipped from second to fifth position after their home loss.

The Stormers not only dented the Highlanders' aspirations but they did so backing up from a hard-fought win over the Bulls and showing little evidence of fatigue after the long trip from South Africa to start their Australasian tour.

The victory was built on a well-rehearsed strategy of a watertight defence, which restricted the Highlanders scoring to just two penalties and underscored why the Stormers have leaked fewer tries than any other side.

"We pride ourselves on our defence. We work terribly hard at it and we show our commitment to the team through our defence," said captain Jean de Villiers.

AFP

Comments
  • Priester - 2012-04-08 18:20

    Way to go Stormers! Keep it up but don't expect any mercy from the Bulls! Revenge will be sweet! Having said this it is known that SA Rugby flourish when the Bulls and Stormers are firing on all cylinders. Blou Bul Groete!

      RetiefC - 2012-04-08 19:32

      Naand Isak. 2 Junie sal ons weet....... En dan moontlik die Finaal op Loftus?

      Priester - 2012-04-08 19:33

      Isak, hou net jou voete hoog, sit jou stoel op verf blikke en watch die deur. The Tokolos is on the prawl! Moenie vergeet ommie bed ook op blikke te sit nie. Blou Bul Groete my mater!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-08 18:33

    Two defeats is hardly 'tumbling'..And never underestimate the Crusaders. Last season they had a poor start and made the finals. And yesterday they almost had the bulls.

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-08 18:39

      I think the writer referred to the log positions - from 2nd to 5th on the log - not the 2 losses!

      Lion - 2012-04-08 18:44

      Stormkaap... and Isak (of course) You guys can do it. All the best for the weekend.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-08 23:07

      Gotta keep your feet on the ground and stay focused.. Anyone of the teams could beat any of the other on a day..Competition has a long way to go.

  • Lion - 2012-04-08 18:43

    Good job Stormers. You have a good thing going for your team and it works well for you. I wish you guys all the best for the rest of the season. You are sitting pretty on the log as do the Bulls. Keep it going both you teams! To all the other SA teams... All of the best to you guys as well. I say Bull / Stormers final in SA. That will be awesome. Our SA rugby is beautiful again.

      Arthur - 2012-04-08 18:51

      Sorry but for it to be an all SA final none of the SA teams can finish top of the overall log, I hate this confrence thing It's so unfair, bladdy ausies

      Lion - 2012-04-08 19:05

      Arthur... it is not about having two SA teams on top of the log. I understand the conference thing. You can still have the Bulls and the Stormers ending up playing in both the quarter finals and winning their respective matches. Thus... Final at home in SA. Please correct me if I am wrong here.

      Arthur - 2012-04-08 19:14

      Its just when the senmis come the sa team at the top will most likely face the other sa team that made the play offs. I know its stlill possible to have an all sa final if one sa team is on top of the log but the ods of it happening are very small I think we'll have a better chance if we finish 2nd and 4th

      Riaan - 2012-04-09 08:52

      Thanks buddy.

  • ArchAngel - 2012-04-08 20:02

    +1, Dude!!!!

  • andre.ernstzen - 2012-04-09 11:02

    Nobody can touch Cape rugby at the moment. Stormers unbeaten, Vodacom Cup unbeaten, Maties unbeaten

      Danny - 2012-04-10 09:33

      ermmm... Maties are now beaten... and so it has began.... dum dum dum dum....

  • Keith - 2012-04-09 14:05

    Jacques Nienaber ek salute jou.Die boys verdedig mooi en ons gaan binnekort meer driee druk. Nog een wen doeronder dan kan ons maa terug kom huistoe.Lekka om 'n Stormer te wees.

  • Frans - 2012-04-09 17:33

    Roll on my beloved stormers, roll on!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • jason.dutoit - 2012-04-09 18:41

    the stormers have conceded 7 tries, the chiefs 6. and the article states, "the Stormers have leaked fewer tries than any other side". pffft.

  • Piet - 2012-04-09 21:22

    Inteling + Damduiker = Tokolos

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