Stormers run riot at Newlands

2010-04-30 21:04

Cape Town - The Stormers moved within one point of Super 14 leaders and fellow South Africans, the Bulls, on Friday after crushing the Crusaders of New Zealand 42-14 in a top-four clash at Newlands.

After leading 12-7 at half-time, the Stormers overcame the early second half retirement of injured Springbok wing Bryan Habana to score three tries and move closer to a home semi-final in the southern hemisphere championship.

Centre Jaque Fourie scored two tries and Fijian Sireli Naqelevuki one and the other 27 points came from the boot of flyhalf Peter Grant via three conversions and seven penalties.

Flyhalf Dan Carter converted his own try and another from fullback Colin Slade in a sad 100th Super appearance for Crusaders flanker and skipper Richie McCaw.

Both teams were suffered from Australian-induced hangovers with Stormers losing narrowly to surprise packets the Reds on the last leg of their Australasia tour while Crusaders suffered a shock defeat at Western Force.

Crusaders were penalised for obstruction from the kick-off before a 48 000 crowd and Grant slotted the penalty to give the home team the lead just 68 seconds into the match.

Grant landed a second penalty on seven minutes and the Stormers were six points ahead after All Blacks icon McCaw fell foul of Australian referee Stuart Dickinson.

But within a minute Grant took too long to clear a pass from scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage and his kick was charge down by rival pivot Carter, who gathered a kind bounce to score.

The Stormers responded with a multi-phase attack only for fullback Gio Aplon to be penalised after not releasing the ball, but Grant landed his third penalty with 21 minutes gone to put the home team in front again.

Usually deadly place kickers Carter and Grant missed a penalty attempt each as the Stormers applied pressure and prop Brok Harris lost possession just five yards from the Crusaders line.

Another multi-phase assault from the Cape Town franchise came to an end when No 8 Duane Vermeulen was penalised for obstruction before a fourth Grant penalty extended the lead to five points.

Dickinson lost his patience with the frequent infringing of the visitors on the stroke of half-time and sent No 8 Kieran Read to the sin bin while Grant failed with another penalty effort after the hooter sounded.

Stormers made their numerical advantage pay seven minutes into the second half when Springbok centre Fourie broke from midfield and shrugged off several opponents to dot down.

Grant added two penalties within five minutes and midway through the second half the Stormers had established a 25-7 lead thanks to a dominance of territory and possession.

The South African flyhalf was having a 'stormer' and his break almost led to another try with Vermeulen held up over the line after Naqelevuki was stopped just short.

The Crusaders needed points desperately and thought they scored a second try with 10 minutes left through wing Sean Maitland, but the television match official ruled he knocked the ball forward.

The Stormers sealed victory when Naqelevuki raced over after good work by lock Adriaan Fondse and centre Juan de Jongh and Grant converted before fullback Colin Slade grabbed a late consolation try that Carter converted.

Fourie had the final say in the final minute before a frenzied crowd by racing over unopposed after slick handling and an Aplon break created an opening.


15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (captain), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 JD Moller

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Eusebio Guinazu, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead

15 Colin Slade, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robert Fruean, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Kahn Fotuali’i; 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 George Whitelock, 5 Chris Jack, 4 Brad Thorn, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Ti’i Paulo, 17 Ben Franks, 18 Sam Whitelock, 19 Thomas Waldrom, 20 Andy Ellis, 21 Daniel Bowden, 22 Jared Payne


  • 42 - 14 - 2010-04-30 21:06

    STORMERS !!!!!!!

  • BALSAK(alias Blue Bul Hater) - 2010-04-30 21:12

    15 MAY 2010 is what we call JUDGEMENT DAY!! Ek wil graag weet wat gaan die BLOU BULLE in die MIDDELVELD doen. Vanaand was die BESTE nommer 13 senter in die wereld op sy BESTE!! En hy weeg 102 KG!! Wynand Olivier gaan TREK soos 'n VROTVEL!!! Daar is baie vrae wat die BULLE sal moet beantwoord. Hoe maak hulle met Bekker, Burger, Louw, Vermeulen, Habana, Aplon, Sireli, Liebenberg, Harris, De Jong, Fondse en so gaan dit aan??

  • Cobus - 2010-04-30 21:12

    well done stormers, Go bulls make us proud

  • Arthur - 2010-04-30 21:12

    Well done Stormers very good performance. I hope those awful South African All Black were there suffering 8-)

  • Albert - 2010-04-30 21:16

    Great Schalk en die manne! Ons is trots op julle!

  • Stormers - 2010-04-30 21:16

    Now that's what I call rugby......Well done Stormers top class performance from the whole team. Jacques Fourie best outside centre in World Rugby.

  • Ina - 2010-04-30 21:17

    Wow Hier kom 'n span Bulls

  • BULLS FOR LIFE - 2010-04-30 21:18

    Congratulations to the Stormers for making SA proud! South African rugby is in a very good place. Well done. Come on Bulls! lets make it the Stromers and Bulls in the top 2!!

  • Gus - 2010-04-30 21:18

    From a BULLS supporter - 'WELL DONE STORMERS".

  • Ruard - 2010-04-30 21:19

    Stormers jou lekke ding!!!

  • Dirk - 2010-04-30 21:23

    Excellent victory. Congratulations STORMERS!!

  • Top Guns! - 2010-04-30 21:27

    Even the Bulls supporters will have to admit to themselves that the Stormers are the best all-round team by far in the Super 14.No I am not a Stormers supporter. To demolish this Crusaders team was phenomenal. The Stormers destroyed all the NZ teams (look at the scores) and was very unlucky to have lost against the Force. They should have at least drawn the match against the Brumbies. Against the Reds they simply didn’t used their chances and therefore the Reds deserved that win. The Bulls lost to the Reds but was very lucky it was only by 6 and got a hiding against the Blues. They were also very lucky at Loftus against the Hurricanes. The only downside for the Stormers is that they failed to score bonuspionts which might cost them in 2 weeks time. If my Sharkies win against the Bulls I will obviously cheer them on against the Stormers next week but if they lose they are out of the semi run and then I will hope for a Stormer win. The Bulls knows very well that they will most properly loose against the Stormers at Newlands but also know if they can get 6 logpionts ahead going into the Newlands game they will be ok even if they lose. By getting 5 against the Sharks they will secure a home semi and possible final. If the Bulls don’t play a final at home they will not win it which is not a sign of a great team. In the meantime I believe all these bigmouth Bulls supporters is sh#tting themselves if they look at the way the Stormers destroyed the Crusaders.

  • SAfunniestHomeMovies - 2010-04-30 21:32

    i wonder what the stormers forked out to get dickenson on their side cuz it was a single sided affair - crusaders got done in, BIG TIME

  • Woo - 2010-04-30 21:32

    Awesome display from the Stormers, if only their star players were not bought. Absolutely terrible performance from the Crusaders in the second half, considering how many "all blacks" are in the squad... should be ashamed after that loss. New Zealand rugby has seriously declined. Great game nevertheless.

  • Neil van Rensburg - 2010-04-30 21:38

    awesome awesome game! The boys of Cape Town realy did it this time! Good luck for the semi final! See you guys at Newlands! Pround STORMERS supporter!!! Neil van Rensburg

  • bulawayo-based-bok - 2010-04-30 21:41

    FANTASTIC!!!!!!!.......SADERS(NZ) YOU SUCK!! great all-round perfromance and best defence i have seen for about a year!! the NZ whizz kids looked like pensioners, and can someone remind me who Dan Carter and Richie McCaw are?? hahahaha.......surely one more win and thats a home semi!! Burger/Bekker/FOURIE!!!!!/Naqelevuki and DE Jongh's defence was phenomenal!!!

  • Burtfred - 2010-04-30 21:45

    I am a staunch Stormers supporter. I have lived in Jhbg for 32 years and have always had to put up with being belittled by the local Lions (who?) and Bulls supporters. My team have silenced their critics. they whipped the pants off the Kiwis.

  • BullsRob - 2010-04-30 21:46

    @topguns. Agreed, Stormers are the real deal. Still not getting that 4th try though. Could end up 3rd this week as a result. Say what you want about the Bulls. We are methodic and systematic. We're like toothache, we're not going to just go away. Our ability to score bonus points and not lose means we're still at the top with a game in hand. You're a Sharks fan so you've led a life of abject disappointment following a team that has won only 5 trophies in its entire rugby history. You wouldn't know what it takes to win. Not even the Vodacom cup. Anyway, I digress. WELL DONE THE STORMERS! You deserved this. You are an awesome outfit. Look forward to seeing you in the final! :-)

  • Carl Muller - 2010-04-30 21:47

    Ek Salute die Stormers. Die Bulle speel more. Kom ons kyk wat hulle doen want hulle is nog steeds voor die Stormers. Die manne (of muise) kritiseer baie gou, maar wie is voor op die punte. Indien die Bulle voor is op die einde gaan julle julle bekke in hou soos groot manne, of gaan julle om verskoning vra..... Ek daag julle uit....

  • Realis - 2010-04-30 21:47

    @topguns: This is a webpage for intelligent rugby supporters! @balsak: Obviously you only have the bag but lack the contents! Congratulations to the Stormers. Well done!

  • Kallie - 2010-04-30 21:49

    Chickens - eggs - counting.

  • Molefe - 2010-04-30 21:50

    Great game Stormers! My heart was in my shoes after Mr. Grants little flub. But he made right with some really good defence later in the game! Fantastic for SA Rugby! To my Bulls..... Guys, you better pay attention.These Stormers are serious! I for one cannot wait for the 15th of May! It is going to be a fantastic game!

  • Os - 2010-04-30 21:50

    Stormers turn to soften the Crusaders for the Bulls. go Stormers what a team.

  • Molefe - 2010-04-30 21:53

    Come on guys, forget about the bad mouthing each others teams... Just be honest. Who here would not LOVE to see a Bulls/Stormers final? With the possible exception of the Reds, they are by far and away the best two teams in the S14!

  • Henk - 2010-04-30 21:55

    Geluk Stormers ! Moet asb net nie weer dreig om te staak voor die semi finaal soos daai jaar wat julle julself die "Men in Black" genoem het nie !!!

  • Fee - 2010-04-30 22:01

    Congrats and well done to the Stormers. Super game to watch.

  • StomersSupporter - 2010-04-30 22:05

    What a great game. I was worried in the beginning when all the starting kicking, and after the dan storm down, i thought it was over. But they learnt and kept ball in hand and played BRILLIANT rugby. Pitty we didn't get the bonus point though. There where times I would have thought they should rather go for try than poles. But, I guess thats y I watch rugby on TV and they play it on the field. lol. If the stormers can keep up this form, this is going to be a cracker of a season. Good luck to all SA teams this weekend. Especially the sharks ;)

  • stormloop - 2010-04-30 22:06

    i am so fkn proud right now!!!!!! stormers this is what we have been waiting for for years. outstanding boytjies..!!!!!! bulls and stormers in the final at soweto!!!!!! i like the sharks but tomorrow im a bull!!!!!!

  • Harold - 2010-04-30 22:09

    Just 'n pity the tv ref, Shaun Veldsman did not look at the other angles for a well deserved try by Francois Louw to give the Stormers their bonus point. I also find it strange that SA refs always blows negatively against SA teams and also the SA players are being judged in a biased way by the Overseas Panels, example is Kabamba Floors penailsied for 5 games, whereas the overseas players hardly get any penalty/fine or just a slap on the wrist.

  • Vic J - 2010-04-30 22:12

    Well done Stormers. You just need a proper captain. What I could not understand is why you never went for the bonus point. When 22-7, you went for points. 25-7 you went for points. After the game, dof captain hamburger says he is glad they scored the bonus piont try at the death.

  • BullsForTheWin! - 2010-04-30 22:13

    Well done Stormers! the final will be an all South African affair... Watch out 2011 - we're in it to defend it!!!

  • fuzzy - 2010-04-30 22:18

    What a game, my voice is gone and i am half deaf from the newands roar! Totally dominant display!

  • Mr D - 2010-04-30 22:23

    @Henk JMSP soos ons hier in die Kaap se, jy is net NAAT oor n mooi wen vir die STORMERSSSSSS

  • Etienne - BULLS RULE !!!!! - 2010-04-30 22:35

    Well Done STORMERS - Keep SA Flag flying high!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Johann - 2010-04-30 22:41

    @ all bulls supporters who have commented here: thanks for the kind words of support and compliments. as a stormers man, i am proud of the team and their performance. may 15 will go down as a great day for south african rugby, regardless of who wins. it's gonna be HUGE! to the stormers: go my boytjies!! and to the bulls: good luck, enjoy the game and give us hell. you will be the true test.

  • Etienne - BULLS RULE !!!!! - 2010-04-30 22:42

    Stormers scored 194 (33,33,37,42,49) against the 5 AB teams. The AB teams only scored 63 (21,13,14,15,0). Well done. Really am looking forward to a real derby when the Bulls and Stormers meet. What a game

  • Anti(Tannie)Bul - 2010-04-30 22:43

    Next week some fish on the braai in Durbs and the week after, steak in the Cape, Saders please don't tenderise to much, we will do it ourselves. There will be no high tackles in the last minute and Marius Jonker, bly asb by die huis.

  • Johann - 2010-04-30 22:44

    @ all bulls supporters who have commented here: thanks for the kind words of support and compliments. as a stormers man, i am proud of the team and their performance. may 15 will go down as a great day for south african rugby, regardless of who wins. it's gonna be HUGE! to the stormers: go my boytjies!! and to the bulls: good luck, enjoy the game and give us hell. you will be the true test.

  • Chris - 2010-04-30 22:45

    Ek was nog nooit 'n groot "benede visrivier hensopper" (sic) supporter nie, maar daai manne speel rugby in 'n ander dimensie in.

  • Anthony - 2010-04-30 22:48

    The cherry on top of a perfect Friday. Thank you, Stormers! A great all-round team effort. I replayed Jacque Fourie's first try 4 times to my five year old (and myself). His second was a reward for never failing to follow up. To our Fijian vasbyter (Sireli Naqelevuki)...all is forgiven. Gio Aplon, your lion's heart and fleet footed bokkie catch me if you can skills are a joy to watch. Juan de Jongh, you are going to be one of the greats. To Schalk Burger, excellent to see you thrive again in a structure of play which brings out your best. I hope the Bulls do well too tomorrow...but pas op bulle, hier kom 'n ding.

  • Tannie Bul - 2010-04-30 22:50

    @Henk gaan K@k in jou MIB outfit wanneer jy weer gaan langarm by die ranch.

  • Vic J - 2010-04-30 22:52

    @Top Guns, dont get dronk verdried, we are going to klap the Bulls then the Stormers at home. See you there

  • Bull supporter - 2010-04-30 23:14

    Well done Stormers! Don't know what you guys did to deserve an egghead like Balsak for a supporter - but you can't win them all can you.

  • Maanhaar - 2010-04-30 23:15

    Nog nooit in my lewe gesien dat 'n ref een span so hard spyker nie. Stu het van die eerste minuut af besluit die stormers gaan wen. 9 kickable strafskoppe vir die Stormers gegee! Belaglik.

  • Kebird - 2010-04-30 23:18

    @SAfunniestHomeMovies I agree. I'm a Stormer supporter, but I even realize that Dickenson made several mistakes. I'm not complaining, since it always seems that we're on the receiving side when it comes to refereeing decisions. Tonight we got most of the decisions in our favour. However the Stormers played brilliantly to tonight and deserved the excellent victory. Go Stormers jou lekker ding!!!!

  • @Bulls 4 life - 2010-04-30 23:19

    What do you mean mate!?Even if the Bulls don't pick up a piont they are already in the no 1 spot!?

  • Joker - 2010-04-30 23:20

    So the BULLS are to play the Stormers but the “manne” feel like a bit of a rest. They suggest to Bakkies that he plays against the Stormers by himself. Bakkkies is keen and the manne watch the first half in the hotel room. Halftime the score is Bakkies 21 Stormers 0. Vic and the boys are happy and decide to go for a goef “by the sea” When they get back they see on the TV that Bakkies gets man of the match but the score is 21 all. They get to bakkies and ask him what went wrong. Bakkies replies : “Man, all went ok until I got yellow carded for the last 10 minutes”

  • @Arthur - 2010-04-30 23:21

    Wat probeer jy sê ou duh?

  • Kalm af ou seun - 2010-04-30 23:39

    Ag toe nou ou Balsakkie - hou net jou pantie aan. Jou span lyk goed en begin nou darem so al nader aan die BULLE kom. Ons is egter nog so ver voor dat sou ons dalk teen die Sharks vasval ons nog steeds bo die "magtige" Stormers op die log sal wees. Kom ons kyk eerder eers wat maak die BULLS more en dan die volgende week teen die Saders. So hou maar eers die broekie aan ou skattie. Lyl my dis die eerste jaar wat pappa jou nou toelaat om rugby te kyk. Moenie worrie nie - jy sal nog daaraan gewoond raak.

  • Coenraad - 2010-04-30 23:40

    STORMERS !!!!!!! Rule.... need i say more....