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In next weekend's action, the Stormers travel to Bloemfontein to tackle the Cheetahs, while the Bulls are at home to the Rebels.
A really great result for the Stormers.Robert Du Preez really put his hand up. Good weekend for the Du Preez family. Congrats Robert— Brendan Venter (@BrendanVenter) February 27, 2016
A really great result for the Stormers.Robert Du Preez really put his hand up. Good weekend for the Du Preez family. Congrats Robert
Stormers flyhalf Robert du Preez.
The Stormers will also take heart from the fact that their substitutions proved far more effective than the Bulls.
The Bulls fell apart late in the game, with their scrum and lineout in tatters...
What a performance by the home side, who also gained a valuable bonus-point, courtesy of scoring three more tries than their opponents.
It's a great start to the Robbie Fleck era at Newlands and already a lot more invention shown on attack by the Stotmers...
79'- As things stand, the Stormers have a BONUS POINT, courtesy of scoring three more tries.
But should the Bulls score in the last minute, the hosts would lose the bonus point.
78'- CONVERSION slotted by Du Preez.
Stormers 33-9 Bulls
Storm bench has made a massive difference, especially come scrum time. Game changer ... 23 man game— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) February 27, 2016
Storm bench has made a massive difference, especially come scrum time. Game changer ... 23 man game
71' - Stormers sub: Coleman on for De Jongh.
Coleman will now play flyhalf, with Du Preez shifting into the midfield.
66'- The Stormers will now be hunting a bonus-point try.
Under the new rules, you need to score three more tries than the opposition.
65'- PENALTY slotted by Du Preez.
Stormers 26-9 Bulls
Special from Carr. Serfontein and Kriel have been nowhere today ...— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) February 27, 2016
Special from Carr. Serfontein and Kriel have been nowhere today ...
52'- CONVERSION slotted by Du Preez.
Stormers 19-9 Bulls
48'- PENALTY slotted by Brummer.
Stormers 12-9 Bulls
47'- Du Preez clears for the Stormers but moments later Burger concedes a penalty on the ground.
Brummer will line up a shot at goal, about 35m out
43'- PENALTY kick awarded to Du Preez.
Stormers 12-6 Bulls
The siren goes and the Bulls have a last run but the ball goes into touch. A huge second half effort by the Stormers secure them the opening round win.
Stormers 33 Bulls 9
CONVERSION. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 33-9. Du Preez gets the conversion over.
TRY. STORMERS. NTUBENI. 31-9. A great effort by the Stormers as they drive the maul 22 meters and Scarra Ntubeni dots it down for the try!
The Bulls take the ball out of own half and the Stormers will have a scrum on the halfway line. They win the ball and the Bulls infringe. Du Preez finds touch and they start a driving maul after the line-out...
Stormers applying the pressure now as they threaten the Bulls' goal line continuously. The Bulls get a breather as Siya Kolisi is blown for being off his feet at the ruck in Bulls 22.
CONVERSION. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 26-9. Du Preez adda the extras.
TRY. STORMERS. ETZEBETH. 24-9. Zas makes a beautiful run that takes the Stormers into Bulls 22 and he is taken to ground with much effort from the Bulls. The home team take the ball through the hands quickly and Eben Etzebeth is over for the try!
Not much happening in the game at the moment. Teams are alternating possession. The Bulls lose Kobus van Wyk to injury and 20-year-old Leolin Zas now takes to the field for his Super Rugby debut.
The Bulls make a number of changes and are now fielding a fresh front row and centre pairing, with Odendaal coming on for Kriel and Serfontein moving to outside centre.
Drop goal attemp by Du Preez falls short of the posts and the ball is gathered by the Bulls. They get out of the danger zone and take the ball up
CONVERSION. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 19-3. Du Preez converts his five-pointer to put the Stormers comfortably ahead.
TRY. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. Du Preez making his Stormers Sugby Rugby debut a memorable one as he receives an outside pass from Nizaam Carr and sprints straight to dive over.
PENALTY. BULLS. BRUMMER. 12-9. Brummer gets it over to narrow the score line.
Strauss throws in at the resulting line-out on opposition 22 and Schalk Burger is penalised for not releasing. Brummer sets up for the kick.
The Bulls not enjoying much front-foot possession and the Stormers run it into Bulls territory. The Stormers are off their feet at the ruck and Brummer finds good touch.
The Stormers get an early shot at posts and Du Preez sets it up. TMO pending to determine whether he got the high kick over...
PENALTY. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 12-6. Du Preez''s attempt gets the thumbs up and the home side''''s lead is stretched.
Du Preez gets the second half underway
Scrum on Stormers 10. The set-piece is struggling to settle. The Stormers eventually come away with it and kick the ball out as we go into half-time.
Stormers 9 Bulls 6
PENALTY. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 9-6. Du Preez''s kicking on point so far as he puts the Stormers ahead.
Stormers scrum on the halfway line and the Bulls' tighthead is penalised for not binding. Stormers move upfield and the Bulls are penalised at the ruck. Du Preez sets up for the kick.
PENALTY. BULLS. BRUMMER. 6.6. Brummer kicks it over to level the score.
Another scrum and the Bulls start a run into Stormers territory. Joubert's hand goes the bULLS way after a ruck infringement and Brummer sets up to take the penalty.
PENALTY. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 6-3. Du Preez adds three points for the Stormers.
No continuity in this encounter as we alternate between scrums and kicks to touch. Du Preez will have a shot at posts.
The Stormers spark the game again with some attacking but not much comes of it as we will have a scrum on Bulls 10. Stormers put-in.
The game's intensity takes a dip as the sides now resort to aerial ping-pong.
PENALTY. STORMERS. DU PREEZ. 3-3. He takes it from an angle and slots it through to level the score.
The home side are nearing the try-line again but a poor pass sends the ball into touch. The Bulls infringe and Robert du Preez sets up for the three points.
It's another Bulls lino-out in midfield and the Bulls take it again. They send the ball into Stormers territory but Dillyn Leyds gathers and takes it up.
PENALTY. BULLS. BRUMMER. 0-3. He gets it over to put the visitors' first points on the score board.
The Stormers turn it around quickly and take the ball up again. The Bulls steal it at the breakdown and gain a few meters before the Stormers return the favour. Stormers are penalised for obstruction and the Brummer sets up to take an easy penalty shot.
The Cape side are putting in some solid running as they enter the Bulls red zone. Their momentum is hindered by solid Bulls defence and the visitors have a line-out on the 22. They come away with it and boot the ball downfield to relieve some pressure
Francois Brummer gets the game underway with a high kick and the Stormers collect to start an early attack
Welcome to our coverage of the 2016 Super Rugby clash between the Stormers and the Bulls from Newlands in Cape Town.
The Bulls meet their rivals without kingpin Handre Pollard after the 21-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury during pre-season training. The Pretoria franchise are also without the experience of line-out master Victor Matfield, Flip van der Merwe and Pierre Spies, but can find consolation in the exciting midfield pairing of Burger Odendaal and Jesse Kriel.
The clear conditions in Cape Town should aid what is expected to be an entertaining all-out brawl, with conditions underfoot favoring a running approach and should make for easy kicking.
The Cape side have retained a large number of their 2015 squad, with Duane Vermeulen being the major loss. The second row partnership of Eben Etzebeth and new recruit Pieter-Steph du Toit is one to watch, and with the departure of first-choice pivot Demteri Catrikilis, Robert du Preez will pull the strings at 10. The Stormers are wearing a little thin in midfield through injury.
The Bulls lost one of their Super Rugby friendlies, going down 28-10 to the Cheetahs in Zimbabwe and clinching a 28-24 win over the Lions in Polokwane.
The Stormers were victorious in both of their pre-season warm-up matches, thrashing the SWD Eagles 40-15 in George and edging out Super Rugby rookies the Jaguares 29-14 in Cape Town.
The Bulls are the only South African franchise to have worn the Super Rugby crown, and Nollis Marais' charges have done so on three occasions.
The Stormers, however, have never won a Super title. The Bulls have not done well at Newlands in recent times and last won in Cape Town in 2011 and also lost six of their last eight matches to their Cape foes.
The teams have met 24 times in Super Rugby, with the Cape Town-based side coming out on top in 14 of their encounters. One of these past clashes have ended in a draw.
The teams are making their way to the pitch. Craig Joubert is the referee and Rasta Rasivhenge and Cwengile Jadezweni will assist him.
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