Stormers too good for Lions

2012-01-28 07:41

Gavin Rich - SuperSport

Cape Town - The Stormers continued what is becoming an impressive passage through the pre-season phase when they outplayed the Lions 28-6 in the first DHL Series game at Newlands on Friday night.

The Stormers conceded an early penalty that was kicked by Butch James, but after that the Cape team was never headed as they easily overcame the challenge of the Currie Cup champions and added this victory to the one they scored against Boland Cavaliers in Wellington last weekend. The Stormers scored three tries to nil, with two of the Stormers scores coming from Springbok wing Gio Aplon, though both of them came early in the second half, when he had been moved to fullback.

Those who remember how turgid the corresponding clash between these two teams was this time last year would have left the stadium after this DHL Series clash feeling they had seen a significant improvement both in the quality of the game and what was delivered by the hosts.

Whereas 12 months ago there was nothing memorable from what could best be described as an 80 minute sweat bath, this time there were several moments that were worth savouring. Aplon’s first try was an excellent individual effort -- he fielded a kick from Lions flyhalf Butch James just inside his own half before stepping the chaser and two defenders on his way to the line.

The next was more the product of team-work, with Jean de Villiers putting wing Gerhard van den Heever away down the right touchline before the former Bulls player transferred inside, timing the pass perfectly, for Aplon to finish.

Van den Heever came on at the halfway mark for fullback Joe Pietersen, who did enough in the first 40 minutes to suggest he has none of the ability he displayed before heading to France. Pietersen was on target with his goalkicking boot in the first half before the duties were transferred to young flyhalf Gary van Aswegan in the second half.

But it was Pietersen’s all-round game that impressed most and with Van den Heever also doing well when on the field, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee should have felt justified in delivering a tick next to the back three.

The match was played in relatively cool conditions for this time of year and watched by an enthusiastic crowd of just over 10 000. With the Lions struggling to get their lineout working -- they could only win one of their first five throws into the formation -- they were unable to get any rhythm or momentum.

Although they did spend enough time in the Stormers territory they never made any headway against a defensive effort that was in keeping with the high standards set in the last two years. The Stormers may have won the lineout battle but they were less assertive in the set-scrums, and on the evidence of this game you wouldn’t suggest one of the Achilles heels of last year has been cured.

But it is still early days, and the Stormers were strong enough in most other aspects of their game for this not to be any reason for alarm at this early stage of the 2012 season.

It was a good drive from a Nick Koster take at a lineout that set the Stormers on the road to their first-half try, which was dotted down by young prop Stephen Kitshoff.


Tries: Gio Aplon (2) and Stephen Kitshoff
Conversions: Joe Pietersen and Gary van Aswegan
Penalties: Pietersen (2) and Van Aswegan

Penalties: Butch James (2)


  • Lionel - 2012-01-28 07:43

    I must say Isak was actually right yesterday:):):)Well done Stormers!!!!!

      Nico - 2012-01-28 08:17

      Well done to the stormers, they must have played out of their skins to win the CC champion :) 3 yellows though ?? all for repeated infringements? luckily for them it was in the last 5 mins of the game, so had no effect on the game.

      Lionel - 2012-01-28 08:26

      Morning Nico.Ja they must have played out of their it was quite a good game!!!!!! Jaco Peyper is going to help the Stormers identify the problems re:the yellow cards!!!! Don't know how much help that will be!!!!

      Nico - 2012-01-28 13:57

      lol Lionel, good game, guess that depends on who u ask :) from what i've read, we struggled with our line-outs but scrums was good. stormers still struggled with scrums though.

  • Bulldozer - 2012-01-28 08:19

    The Cape of False hope.

      Lionel - 2012-01-28 08:26

      Morning Ace,maar jys vroeg vanoggend op,opgewonde omdat die Stormers gewen

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-28 08:36

      More gooinat, nee wat ek het nie tyd om te slaap nie. Sal slaap as ek dood is. Ja ek is opgewonde oor hulle gewen het. Ek like die false sense of security wat dit bring.

  • Mark Milligan - 2012-01-28 08:20

    Nice one boys

  • Grant - 2012-01-28 08:20

    I enjoyed the game and being back at Newlands. Good to see the young Kolisi, Etsebeth and Kitshoff really coming through..... concerns? Penalty count against us at the breakdown and the fact that thisill discipline cost us no less than 3 yellow cards.....! And the Stormers scrumingnot upto standard, again !

  • Bootman - 2012-01-28 08:24

    That first try from Aplon was the best I've seen in a while. Left the entire Lions defense grasping at air. A few positives, other than that, I wouldnt read too much into this game. One thing's for sure, when Super Rubgy gets going, everybody will know who Siya Kholisi is.

      Steenbra - 2012-01-28 09:18

      I think the Bulletjies made a few mistakes.. Should have bought Etsebeth as well.. to give steel to their mof pack. This laaitie shows more mettle than Spies has done in three seasons.. Kolisi is a monster as well..Frankly I think Carr is better than Koster and Stormers have great backup with Johannes as well.

  • Lourie - 2012-01-28 08:39

    Shoe ! En daar wen die briesies die Super Rugby Titel WEER in January !!!!!!

      Bulldozer - 2012-01-28 08:43

      Soos elke jaar.

      Chris - 2012-01-28 08:47

      @Lourie: Ja my vriend, ten minste wen hul IETS...iets wat jou bloubul pienk daisies lanklaas gedoen het.

      uwe.klopfer - 2012-01-28 09:07

      @Chris.. lanklaas soos in 2 jaar terug ? Beter as die platberg bokkies wat al meer as 'n dekade sonder enige iets noemenswaardig gewen het. Terwyl hierdie net 'n opwarmings wedstryd was, is ek seker John Mitchell is nie beindruk nie. Of speel hy alweer een of ander onderhandse all black "trick"? Ek hoop my lions trek hulle sokkies op ! Want selfs in 'n opwarmings wedstryd is dit verseker nie goed genoeg nie.

      Pieter - 2012-01-28 19:36

      @Chris En hoeveel Superrugby bekers het die Stormers al gewen? Geen opstelle asb, antwoord net die vraag

  • clivegoss - 2012-01-28 09:05

    Well done WP. You guys must just find a stadium that is worthy for paying spectators.

  • Burtfred - 2012-01-28 09:21

    "Joe Pietersen, who did enough in the first 40 minutes to suggest he has none of the ability he displayed before heading to France" I think you left out the word "lost" before "none" ??????

  • Chris - 2012-01-28 09:27

    Im not concerned at this stage, the Lions are just pacing themselves. They are ready for both the Super 15 and the Currie Cup in 2012. Watch this space

  • Steenbra - 2012-01-28 09:57

    Having watched the game it was refreshing to see the willignes of the players to give the ball air. I witnessed Shreuder do a box kick once and that floted into touch on the full. Very little kicking and I wonder if that has anything to do with Rassie's departure..

      Chris - 2012-01-28 13:42

      Wonderful news, Steenbra! You don't know how sick I'm still about Duvenhage's senseless box-kicks the last few years. Are we at the same time going to get rid of Duvenhage? Please...

      Steenbra - 2012-01-29 09:58

      Chris Duvies is no great shakes @ scrummie, and was playing to instructions.. I think SChreuder didnt have a great game and Groom looked a lot crisper and a snappier pass that Schreuder on the day.

  • Jurgen - 2012-01-28 10:48

    Did Joe Peterson have as bad game as suggested....... "who did enough in the first 40 minutes to suggest he has none of the ability he displayed before heading to France" It should probably be "lost none of the ability"

      Jurgen - 2012-01-28 10:52

      Joe Pieterson that is...

      Steenbra - 2012-01-28 12:16

      He had a very good game. Solid under the high ball, few half line breaks and good positionally. You're right the typo error of the journo

  • Nico - 2012-01-28 13:24

    Etsebeth Kholisi was great upfront... dont forget The Schalk, who made a conciderate amount of takles. Gio "gif appel" Aplon was great. You never know what he's gonna do when he touches the ball. I think Joe had a good game allthough he only really played the first half. All and all a good performance except for the penalty count yes. looking forward to having andries, vermeulen and duvenhage back tho. Loved Newlands last night ... always have always will. btw that Kholisi hand off, there is only one thing you can say aboout that:"DIE BUS IS VOL PAPPA!!"

  • hoffjw - 2012-01-28 14:49

    wat rook die chris ou...LIONS ....reg vir Super15 en CC.....houtlepel weer die jaar.

  • Pieter - 2012-01-28 15:23

    It's like saying, a 42yr old man was too strong for a 5 yr old girl he took an ice-cream from. And then the ref didn't really help the Lions cause at all. The arrogant Stormers will be 11yr cupless very soon

  • Benmica - 2012-01-29 12:15

    Early days....

      Mark - 2012-01-29 18:23

      very early

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