Chiefs backlash stuns Stormers

2011-05-14 11:35

Hamilton - The Waikato Chiefs rallied from 20-3 down at halftime, scoring three second-half tries, to beat South Africa's Stormers 30-23 in Super 15 rugby on Saturday.

Stormers winger Gio Aplon was both hero and villain, scoring a brilliant first-half try - possibly the best of the season - to help build an imposing first-half lead, then conceding a penalty try to spark the Chiefs' concerted comeback in the second half.

Aplon scored a modern rarity, a try from a set piece, in the 18th minute. He received the ball from a scrum on halfway and weaved through the tackles of All Blacks Brendon Leonard and Mils Muliaina for the first of the Stormers' two tries.

But his clumsy body check on All Blacks center Richard Kahui in the third minute of the second half gave up a penalty try, earned 10 minutes in the sin-bin, and led to a three-try, 27-point turnaround for the Chiefs.

The Cape Town-based Stormers have fashioned the best defensive record in the tournament this season, conceding only 49 points in the second halves of their 10 previous matches. But they conceded 27 points in the second half on Saturday to slip to their third loss from 11 games, their second in succession after last week's home loss to the Canterbury Crusaders.

Their lead in the South African conference is now under severe threat from the Durban-based Sharks.

The Stormers seemed to have the game in safekeeping when they forged a 20-3 lead in a dominant first half. Aplon's brilliant solo try gave them a 13-3 lead midway through the half and they added a try to captain Schalk Burger to take a 17-point lead into halftime.

Flyhalf Peter Grant returned from a lengthy injury layoff to resume his prolific points-scoring. He was the first player in the tournament to reach 100 points this season and he picked up where he left off with two penalties and two conversions in the first half.

Though Grant kept a clean sheet on Saturday, kicking five goals from five attempts, he was able to add only one second-half penalty which provided his team's only points after halftime.

The Chiefs' fading hopes of winning the match were revived when they were awarded a penalty try in the third minute of the second half. All Blacks center Richard Kahui pursued a kick into the Stormers in-goal area and Aplon snatched at his jersey in a neck-and-neck race for possession.

Australian referee Stuart Dickinson consulted the video referee before deciding Aplon's check on Kahui merited a penalty try. He also sin-binned Aplon and, in the winger's absence, All Blacks winger Sitiveni Sivivatu scored a second try for the Chiefs which cut the lead to 20-17.

Flyhalf Stephen Donald, who put through the kick from which Sivivatu scored, added a penalty in the 52nd minute which tied the scores and, after Grant had kicked the Stormers to a 23-20 lead, put the Chiefs ahead with a penalty and the conversion of Liam Messam's 59th-minute try.

Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina celebrated his 100th Super rugby game with his team's fifth win from 12 games, keeping their slim playoffs chances alive.

"We had a patch there in the first half, 10 minutes or so, where they really fired on points but to our credit we came out we came out, we wanted to finish well and I'm absolutely stoked," Muliaina said.

"Once we felt we could get that little bit of parity we felt things started coming our way. A couple of opportunist tries but, hey, you take those."

The Stormers next face the Auckland Blues as they attempt to turn around two straight losses.

"The first half was what we planned all week and the second half was pretty disgusting really," captain Burger said.

"We didn't have our hands on the ball, we couldn't keep it through phases and two breakaway tries put us under pressure. We just couldn't recover from that."


Chiefs: Tries - Sitiveni Sivivatu, Liam Messam, penalty try. Conversions - Stephen Donald (3). Penalty - Stephen Donald (3).
DHL Stormers: Tries - Gio Aplon, Schalk Burger. Conversions - Peter Grant (2). Penalties - Grant (3).


Chiefs - 15 Mils Muliaina (c), 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Dwayne Sweeney, 11 Sitiveni Sivivatu, 10 Stephen Donald, 9 Brendon Leonard: 8 Fritz Lee, 7 Liam Messam, 6 Taiasina Tuifua, 5 Romana Graham, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.
Subs: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 Sona Taumalolo, 18 Isaac Ross, 19 Sam Cane, 20 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 21 Tim Nanai-Williams, 22 Jackson Willison.

Stormers – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Jean De Villiers, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Ricky Januarie, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw
Subs: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Anton Van Zyl, 20 Dewaldt Duvenage, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Juan De Jongh.


  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 11:37

    Good play by Chiefs, Congrats - Only 1 problem , now we will never get thos idiocrunts from North of the jukskei shut up.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:11

      Ag ou Cliffy, I like it when a plan come together!

      BTRX - 2011-05-14 12:12

      Kan jy ons blameer, nie eers julle eie skare ondersteun julle nie. Ek kan nie sien dat 'n SA span hierdie jaar die super 15 gaan wen nie!! Ek is beskommerd oor ons kanse in die WB!! Bekker is pateties, om nie van Grant te praat nie!!!!

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:23

      Are you talking about Zimbabwe? Province sucks! GO SHARKS

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:25

      Shame, is that all you can think when your teams loses. Maybe you are one of the guys that scream of joy when we lose and is now afraid of a backlash. For 2 reasons I am very disappointed that they lost. 1. It is a S A team that lost. 2. I am a 2 hours a week only Stormers supporters club fan. That is if they don't play against the Bulls. Bulls forever.

      antonbar - 2011-05-14 12:33

      Oops. Suddenly it seems the Super 15 trophy is not, in fact, in the display case already after a lone and rare victory over the Bulls at Loftus. And so, in spite of all the unfounded hype by the poor, deprived, trophy-less Prooo....vince supporters, and not to mention the Cape media, it seems like the Stormers are choking, and Newlands' trophy cupboard will be empty this year. Again.

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:50

      @antonbar "unfounded hype by the poor, deprived, trophy-less Prooo....vince supporters" UNFOUNDED?? They have been playing brilliant rugby this far. This game was a shocker, but thats how rugby works. Go top up your brandy and coke

      antonbar - 2011-05-14 12:58

      @daspoort - I bow to your superior knowledge of what passes for brilliant rugby for a Proo...vince suporter. Throwing away a 17-point advantage and folding like a pack of cards today, for example, or over-hyping their own ahead of a big game (Currie Cup final 2010) but then choking when it really matters. Brilliant as you said. Now kindly go and suck on your papsak through your missing front teeth.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:03

      Carl Muller: Hey clown , check the comments and see who is always first to congratulate the Bulls when they win ( I know that is not too often, but still) It is always the BB fans who talk crap , So shut up

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 13:08

      @Cliff havent even started to read the comments. Am sure lloyd will bring up bout no cups.. then you will get all the Stormers supporters who will blame the ref of everyone but there team. Wonder how fit the Stormers are ? Am sure it will be interesting reading.. sigh

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 13:11

      antonbar, can you READ? I said "This game was a shocker" And I was talking about their current Super15 performances that were brilliant. STOOOOORMERS!!!! PROOOOOVINCE!!!! STOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORMERS!!!!!!

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 13:16

      @antonbar, I would really like to see things from your point of view but I can't seem to get my head that far up my ass.

      antonbar - 2011-05-14 13:26

      Shame, daspoort, tik hasn't been kind to your admittedly extremely limited to start with intellect, has it. That long cry of prooooo... with all the o's kind of says it all about your tik-scarred peanut brain, doesn't it?

      Krugga - 2011-05-14 13:35

      @antonbar - good one. Like stoepkakkertjies, they only make a big noise, thats all.

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 15:39

      @antonbar "..tik hasn't been kind to your admittedly extremely limited to start with intellect, has it." HUH, what are you saying?? Looks to me you are using tik. Listen, all personal attacks aside, I believe the Stormers had a kak game, but is a far better team and can make it to the finals. You believe what you want to.

      Carlos - 2011-05-14 16:57


      CliffBradley - 2011-05-15 15:43

      Crusader Man: Thats the problem , ran them ragged in the first 40 , 2nd 40 did not play at all

  • Northern Stormer - 2011-05-14 11:38

    Ek is n Stormer/WP ondersteuner vir solank ek kan onthou maar hel dit was wragtag die swakste rugby wt ek nog die jaar op TV gesien het - maar dit kan net beter !!!!!

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:01

      Jy mag maar krediet gee aan die Chiefs al is hulle nie die beste in die wereld nie.

  • Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 11:39

    There are no excuses....just rank bad play in the second half! Did they really think they had the game won at half time? Congratulations to the Chiefs for showing us how to win from behind!

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:13

      Strange that, don't the Cape Town boys normally come from behind?

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 12:21

      Your fantasy Mark?

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 12:34

      Dis hoekom hulle jou Alwayshappy noem?

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 13:12

      @mike at least you are a good sport .. Must be dissapointing to lose that. maybe jet lag.. Only saw last 30 min.. Did Fourie play? didnt see him after half time. was he injured..

      Whoosa - 2011-05-14 14:22

      ive said it before many times and today confirmed it again. Grant, brilliant kicker of a tea, but sux out of hand! thats the reason why you lost today, cause he couldnt kick you in a better position when you where under pressure.Hence the chiefs getting a line out close to goal and attacking. Winning 5 to 10 meters with a kick is not enough at this level. He cant even get distance from a penalty kick for touch where there is no pressure. Remember a penalty in the middel of the field and he barely gained 5 meters forward. But to be honest you havnt had the best of luck on 50/50 calls as well as the bounce of the ball plus maybe the jet lag caught up with you. Though game next week against the blues, you have to take it, which i believe you can. One last thing, wtf is habana aloud to play rugby these days!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:03

      @Mike And you still reckon Grant is one of the best????? HA HA

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 17:06

      OMG.....wannebeCliff (aka FakeCliff) has crawled out of his hole again! FYI...Grant is entitled to a poor game (in the second half), especially after just returning from injury. In hindsight, perhaps it would have been wiser to start off with Cronje. But then, you wouldn't understand the intricacies of the game! Slagging off others, is the only thing you understand.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 23:05

      @ brainsurgeon Mike I'm not just referring to this game jou plank, what has he really done this whole season? I bet you if he played for the Bulls you wouldn't even have mentioned the idiot. He is a very average provincial player at best. And to even start comparing him to Carter is the biggest joke ever!

  • Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:39

    Textbook example of HOW NOT TO PLAY RUGBY, Stormers. It is evident that you have no guts, and that Schalk Burger is no captain. If this is all you have, then please come home, before it gets even more embarrassing (oh, sorry, that is not possible). You would not have won this game if the Chiefs left the field at half-time (and bear in mind that you lead 20 - 3 at the break).

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:48

      Bear in mind that I am a Stormers supporter. I would even give back the one point for losing by seven points or less - not deserved. Chiefs showed lots of guts and determination to come back from being down 3 - 20 - well done.

      will294 - 2011-05-14 11:52

      Yes most of Stormers losses have occurred since Schalk Burger came back as captain. i say that they give the captaincy back to Jean De Villiers

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:18

      Stomers have peaked and the best part of their 2011 season is now behind them. It's all downhill from here I'm afraid ... GO SHARKS !!!

      clark - 2011-05-14 12:26

      - Hmmmm - two losses in a row. Agree that Burger is no captain and in truth an over rated player. Now I'll just have to take shelter from all the insults to be hurled by Stormers supporters.

      clark - 2011-05-14 12:35

      - Oh yeah , and another weak performance by Habana - This guy is just nowhere and his body langauge shows it. Maybe Habana should take a long break and decide whether his heart is still in the game. He has'nt been able to handle his rapid rise to fame and stardom. Pity really.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 13:52

      I cant say that this was such a poor performance.. Yes a poor 2nd half performance.. I felt that Juanuarie although bit ring rusty didnt play too badly and Grant ok in the 1st half , but should have been substituted early o in the 2nd. One must assume that Foyrie picked up some sort of injury, but Grant's 2nd half performnce didnt allow any rythym and direction too the team. Was plaesing to see a 19 scrumm as well as he did as well a few monster tackles. Agree that Schalk is a kak captain. I read some comments that Habana had a poor game, I dont think you watched the game with your specs on.

  • BCC - 2011-05-14 11:43

    And the decline continues for the Stormers and South African rugby. The Chiefs out passioned the Stormers tonight, i'm just wondering who their supporters will blame after a neutral ref was used. The supporters should follow Burgers cue and be gracious in defeat.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:54

      The Chiefs showed guts, and deserved to win. Well done!

      BCC - 2011-05-14 11:56

      Well said Cadder

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:12

      BCC, you dont have to win every single game to win the Super15. South African rugby is far from decline, just because the Bulls are sh*t doesnt make everybody sh*t. Sure, Stormers need to lift their game, but they are still a kickass team.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:13

      Their ass got kicked today!

      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:15

      I agree with your comments daspoort but the Stormers are South Africa's best team.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:21

      You are only as good as your last game!

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:27

      Daspoort, you are one sicko, who mentioned Bulls.

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:33

      @Carl Muller, why is SA rugby "declining" then, according to BCC. Cant be because of Stormers or Sharks. Cheetahs and Lions have always been sh*t, so no decline there. That leaves the Bulls, you understand. Must I draw you a picture?

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 13:53

      @ BCC , dont know what decline you talking about. Last i checked the Stormers were lading the SA confernce with a game in hand.

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:19

      @Kaapie - You better check the log again man. At this stage Stormers aren't even sure of making the top 6 unless they pull there socks up let alone winning the conferance.

  • Brannas - 2011-05-14 11:43

    BHAHAHAHA BHAHA, the stoermakies is falling apart, BHAHA. Ek het mos gese' hule peak te gou en hulle gaan hulle gaate sien teen die einde. Grant for springbok fly half BHAHAHAHA, what a joke. Downward spiral nou mooi in werking. This is making my day BHAHAHAHA. Wat n' klomp patete.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 11:46

      Om nie eens van banana habana te praat nie!

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:14

      Verloor 2 games en nou is hulle skielik besig om uitmekaar te val. Jy weet duidelik f*kol van rugby af. Hulle het baie k*k gespeel, maar dit gebeur met elke span. Stormers is oppad boontoe van hier af, go BOYS!!

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:29

      Brannas, elke S A span wat verloor maak dit moeiliker vir die ander om die beker op 'n tuisveld te speel. Wys bietjie patriotisme man. Bulls forever. Ek skaam my partykeer dat die oorsese ondersteuners hier moet lees hoe laag van ons ondersteuners daal.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 13:54

      Brannas like his says is probably gesuip..

      Shistirrer - 2011-05-14 14:42

      Hey Brannas, did you watch the Vodacom Cup Final last night? Pathetic. And that's the supposed "talent" that must replace the Bulls has-beens when they are all shipped off to pasture at the end of the season? I can see dark days ahead for the Flou Nulle - for at least the next five years.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 17:04

      Brannas staan vir Brandewyn. As mens genoeg daarvan drink, raak jy lekker getrek. Die binnelanders kan juis nie hulle drank vat nie. Stormers: goeie eerste helfte; en, soos Schalk Burger toegee, 'n 'disgusting' tweede helfte. Ons sal nou moet sokkies optrek of die Sharkies gaan deur (veral as hulle die Flou Bulle wen) en dan is die beker vir die volgende jaar oorsee. Shistirrer, die Flou Bulle het 'n DIK tjekboek. Hulle koop bloot die res van die land leeg elke jaar. Hulle lok mos blote kinders weg Tshwane toe en maak dan asof hulle die talent onwikkel het. ('Skuus, die Sharkies koop die Vrystaat leeg; die Bulle koop net die res van die land leeg.)

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:23

      @Shiatirrer - And what happened to your team in the Vodacom cup since the useless young bulls on managed to be the last SA team standing. Oh and obviously you don't know much about whats going on in the Bulls camp because last count only 1 player in the Vodacom cup side will be starting for the Bulls next year in Super rugby the rest will be backups/bench warmers.

  • adrian.bean - 2011-05-14 11:43

    Are we now the new chockers in SA sport? Come on Stormers, you not making us proud with play like this!

      Brannas - 2011-05-14 11:48

      NO!!!!! not new chokers, the stormers been the chokers for the past 11 years and it is going to stay that way, BHAHAHAHA

      Brannas - 2011-05-14 11:48

      Get use to it China

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 11:49

      niks nuuts nie. word net WEER bewys!

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:21

      When it comes to sport, all things Cape are chokers... The problem with Peroxide Province is that they've always fancied themselves as GQ models etc etc. They should forget about their manicures and perms and just get on with playing rugby. Seems the public are seeing through their glory-boy rubbish. Now we just need the most ignorant and arrogant rugby fans on the planet (ie Stomers supporters) to wake and and see the light as well.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 12:28

      @Mike W - well they have whipped your a$se twice this season!

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:30

      Dis te veel gevra. Daai spaan se ondeersteuners is nie die slimste nie, dit gaaan ligjare vat!

      adrian.bean - 2011-05-14 12:36

      They still top of the log for ALL SA sides! Yes they choked but do they deserve being called "glory boys" and do we deserve to be called "most ignorant and arrogant supporters" even though we fill up Newlands almost every home game? Mike not very constructive critisism their boet!

      Whoosa - 2011-05-14 14:36

      Filling up Newlands with Kiwi-Kaapies booing and swearing at your pecious stormers Adrian! Yes ,at the moment you are top of the logg and you deserve it, but lets be sober and honest with each other, there is no freaking way that any silverware is going to Aapstad this year, nor to Durban or Pretoria. Purely because, there are better teams in the running. And thats the problem that we have here, same as every year, you okes in the cape are to impulsive and after one average performance early in the season you crown yourselfs as champions. Although you are by far the best team in SA at the moment, you wil not win it because, you dont have the team, coach, captain or nr 10 to do it!

  • SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 11:44

    I posted a comment but it disappeared - damn. Ok Bulls and Sharks - I will take the punch. We were shocking and there is no way in hell we will feature in this competition with such lack of composure/patience/LEADERSHIP. Schalla - you stick to playing, as you really are not a 'composed' captain (I am saying this for the 100th time) Those watching might now undertand why I prefer Lionel Cronje as first choice 10 .......but hey thats me. Kitshoff young man - you MAY scrum. No complaints, no excuses - but a Stormer til I die nonetheless :) Now the Sharks and Bulls games become even HUGER. I will be taking insults chaps, but first have to go on a little trail run. Well done Chiefs - Hardenthef@rkup my boys!

      Wagga - 2011-05-14 12:02

      @SAFFA-CAT. Your team lost it a bit I must say, I am in SA now till next weekend and enjoying every minute of it. I cannot wait for the Cheetah game later, I think it,s going to be a cracker.Our bloem boytjies will show you guys how it should be done. Enjoy the rest of your rugby weekend mate.

      RobinHood - 2011-05-14 12:05

      Last week I commented about SB's failure as a captain, and I was ridiculed - now I will say it again - he is not fit to lead - JdV will be much better

      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:07

      JDV had a pretty awful game as well though. Along with Fourie. Hardly heard them mentioned all night.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 12:14

      @Robinhood - I have been saying it since last year, Currie Cup. And many on here have laughed, and jibed about it. After the Saders game last week I declared that we lost because of captaincy and I got 19 thumbs down.....Not sure how many will disagree anymore. Maybe a few less thumbs down this week. And the same for your posts - you will have fewer thumbs down this week - guaranteed. @Wagga - Hope you having a blast in SA - enjoy your time here!!! And yes, GO THE CHEETAHS! Damn they make a person proud (as a South African)

      Desert Fox - 2011-05-14 12:17

      Oh just shut your pie hole for a change.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 12:29

      Amd I just wanna add before I really go running. Once we lost our marshall on defence, Jaque Fourie, things turned nasty..... Out of here. Go the Lions, Go the Cheetahs. And yes, Go the Boools.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:32

      I am not a Stormers supporter and is very dissapointed that they lost. Give the guys a chance. It is very difficult to go overseas and win games. I can assure you the guys gave their best, on the day it was not enough to win. A very disspointed 2 hours only Stormers supporter club fan. Bulls forever.

      GreenAlert - 2011-05-14 12:44

      Saffa-cat, you're such a hypocrite. I clearly remember how you said a few weeks ago that Jean would be a good choice for Bok captain. No character, just like your team.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:05

      SAFFA-CAT: Stormer till I die !!!!! you are right , but they forgot to come back after 1/2 time !!!

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 13:07

      @Green alert - Have another drink potplant. EXACTLY - I have said and still say, JEAN DE VILLIERS for Stormer AND Bok captain. It is Schalks captaincy I have never been convinced with. Uh duh? Now take your left hand and give yourself a P klap.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:07

      GreenAlert -Piss off , I read the comments 3 times and nowhere does she say that Jean is a bad player/Captain , you stupid ass , you read what you want to !!!

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 13:22

      @saffa i reckon your conference is now real close. Stormers should lose next week. Blues are hard to beat it Eden park.. The game of the round next week will be bulls/sharks.. Sharks seem to lose against the good teams. Will be interesting to see if Bulls start playing better.they could be close to the top of your conference next week... At this stage i can only see Sa conference winner finishing 3rd..

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 13:57

      So Green alert how does that make Saffa a hypocrite. Perhaps you dont know who the stormers captain is

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 14:08

      @Crusaderman...agree that the Blues will be hard to beat but, the Stormers have been pretty successful in Auckland in the past. Next week is not a foregone conclusion (in favour of the Blues), both teams will be smarting after their weekend losses however, the Stormers will have had an extra week to get over their jetlag - if that was the reason for their dismal second half today. I still have faith in them and still believe they will have a succssful tour, in spit of today's result.

      Krugga - 2011-05-14 14:10

      @Saffa, your butchness, Jean's vlou liggie was pissed on the last 2 games. If I remember correctly Jean use to be captain of the Stormers and they were shite then. He always rehearsed his comments for the post match interview - We will hafff to go back to the drawing board. Great leadership skills! Be a man...or whatever you call yourself and admit you made a gat of yourself.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 14:38

      @Krugga - I maintain that at this stage Jean de Villiers is a better option at Captain than Schalk-end of. I also maintain Jean would be a pretty good option as Bok captain as well. You reckon the current Bok captain and his vice are in SUPREME form do you? This is my opinion, you don't have to read it or agree with it - simple really. Just because the women YOU come into contact with are butch, fat, hairy and scary, doesn't mean we all look like that.......Now I would tell you to kiss my @ss, but I know you would drop on one knee in a heartbeat to do it. So I;ll rather greet you with a "what the hell happened to the Bulls Vodacom Cup team last night?". No cups?

      Whoosa - 2011-05-14 14:42

      What do you think about Bekker as a captain? He is a very good player and if i recall correctly he did a fine job before he went of fvcking about on a park bench? But have to agree, Schalla good player but not the best leader.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 14:51

      @Crusaderman - I still believe we can take the Blues - will not be easy, and will not be expected - but certainly is possible. This is a very diff Blues team this year - consistent, winning the close ones on a few occasions etc. Have a few injuries though - although I like Lochy Munro, and I thought the team managed the disruptions well against the Reds. They looked good when Brett, MacAlister and Munro were on the field together- 3 playmakers. Tough to call: if we want to win, its 60% game, 60% mental. This competition is still so far from over - all bets are off :) Bulls could still sneak in, and if they get into a playoff they will become tough customers. Sharks - not sure....they have been lacking - cr@p midfield. I can't see a SA team winning this, and I agree with you that 3rd is about best one can hope for;but things change in a flash.

      Krugga - 2011-05-14 15:35

      @Saffa, girls who spend all their free time making uneducated comments on a rugby blog... You fit the profile. The Vodacom Cup?, I suggest Provence managemt start focussing on it instead of the SS and CC. You are very quickly reaching the 20 year winless mark. Kissing ass, you should know, youve been kissing Blue Bulls backsides for the last 11 years.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 23:38

      @Saffa @ Mike T I agree with both of you guys bout Stormers vs Blues... Blues do have a few injuries and altho they have been quite consistant . I also think they are very beatable. I like the look of Munro also.. Good luck to your team this week.. Crusaders we could be in trouble unless we can get some of our top players back real soon.. Calling 4 players from outside our squad means we r in trouble. Cheetahs deserved there win. Best wishes for your team next week guys.. (hope they win) just cos we got Chiefs nxt week and that will be difficult with our current squad. Don't want the Blues to get to far ahead of us on points..

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-15 08:11

      @Krugga - so you are sexist as well as intellectually impaired? Where you come from women are possibly treated in the way Oom Angus 'orders'. In CT, it's done a little differently.........Fortunate for me that I was born here. Very silly of you to show your prejudice on a public forum - it makes people wonder how 'happy' the poor females in your life must be. PS: I love rugby so I must be butch in your opinion? Eish - thats the same as saying WP scored a few tries and is now the best centre in the world? Assumption is a mother.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-14 11:44

    Die 'best in the world' span se grafiek is oppad ondertoe. Welgedaan Chiefs. Waar was die wonderlike JdV en JF? JvD is meer op die grond as wat hy speel!

  • Jan - 2011-05-14 11:47

    Hoe pateties was my span nie. Ek kon nie glo wat ek sien nie. Is daar geen karakter in die span nie? Jantjes moet uit. Ek hoop nie Pretoria en Durban juig nie, maar ek verwag die uitslag is vir die Bulle ondersteuners selfs meer genot as wat hulle eie span wen.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:51

      Ek stem, Jan. Geen karakter nie, en ongelukkig geen kaptein nie. Die Chiefs het "guts" gewys. Peter Grant het gelyk asof hy vir die eerste keer met 'n rugbybal speel.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:33

      I am not a Stormers supporter and is very dissapointed that they lost. Give the guys a chance. It is very difficult to go overseas and win games. I can assure you the guys gave their best, on the day it was not enough to win. A very disspointed 2 hours only Stormers supporter club fan. Bulls forever.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 13:59

      jantjie had a steady game.. Hoekom dink jy hy moet uit.. The bouce of the ball beat him.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:06

      Jan jou idioot!!! HA HA HA Ek bliksem jou sommer

      Jan - 2011-05-14 20:14

      @Kaapie. Jantjes het geen impak van agter nie, Dit is waar Aplon gevaarlik is. Die Chiefs het berekend op hom geskop net soos die Crusaders. CliffBradley, jy is 'n idioot. Het jy niks beter om te doen nie?

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 22:25

      Jan id you see a backline movement that Jantjes was brought into the game

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-15 15:48

      Jan : As jy nie kan sien dat dit n "WANNABEE" is dan is jy so dom soos wat die idioot se , Ek is die grootste Stormer Fan hier rond !!!

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:33

      @Jan Ou IK reus, eintlik het ek beter goed om te doen, maar ek lag so vir hoe onnosel jy is dat ek nie kan ophou jou kommentaar volg nie. Jy is absoluut gronddom man. Ek meen, kan jy sonder hulp asemhaal??? HA HA HA HA HA

  • springbokke - 2011-05-14 11:48

    Come on Stormers, chins happens to the best , you WILL bounce back.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 11:51

      only when you think you're the best. best = silverware!

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:18

      AlwaysHappy, go search the Super 10 to Super 15 history, and see where the Bulls started in 1997 - 2003, before they became a powerhouse. Yes, they did not win it just when they became better, it took a LONG while.

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:21

      Ja sometime in 2024 ... maybe

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:38

      @ Mike Webber, if I have to wait to 2024 before the Stormers win the Super competition, then so be it. I will support them, even if they disappoint me so many times. But I will not have to wait that long, the boys are going to bounce back! Go Stormers!!!

      Pharo - 2011-05-14 14:37

      When last did you see a penalty try being awarded? Not recently in the modern game. Second week in a row when the Kiwi Ref was playing for the other team. Tappa Henning stated on Monday this week that the disallowed try against the Crusaders was a wrong decision. Perhaps we should have sent the WP Womens Netball Team on tour as they might have gotten some better calls from the Ref??

  • Brannas - 2011-05-14 11:49


      Oukoos - 2011-05-14 11:55

      As I am extremely sad, I cannot share the laugh with you. However, you have the right to laugh.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:35

      Onthou net wie laaste lag lag die lekkerste. Wat vir my teleurstellend is, is dat die Aussies en the NZ hier sien wat swak patriotisme is. Let us go and walt the high road. Two hours only Stormers supporters club fan..

  • Oukoos - 2011-05-14 11:50

    Al wat ek kan sê is "Kak". Januarie en daarna Duvanhage se doellose wegskop van besit het ons die wedstryd gekos. Schalk se gebrekkige kapteinskap het ons die wedstryd gekos. 'n Heelagter wat soos 'n afkophoender speel, het ons die wedstryd gekos. Ons het dringend 'n ordentlike skrumskakel nodig. Ons het nog meer dringend 'n kaptein nodig wat rigting kan gee as dinge verkeerd begin loop.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 11:58

      Nee oukoos . Die rede hoekom jou span so swak is, is omdat hulle almal dink hulle is die beste in hul posisie. Elkeen wil 'n hero wees, meantime is hulle zero's wanneer die druk toegepas word. Wat het die proteas en stompies in gemeen. Hulle is altwee chokers en altwee se kapteins is 'n verskoning.

      Gert BB - 2011-05-14 12:11

      Oukoos, nou weet jy hoe ek voel na gisteraand se verloorslag in die Vodacom eindstryd. Ook my span is vinnig op pad om gestroop te word van bekers. Verder is jy reg, die Stormers het dringend veranderings nodig anders gaan hulle net verder en verder uitsak.

      Benny66 - 2011-05-14 12:21

      For someone who calls himself "Alwayhappy" you're really having a field day to day - both you and Brannas & his ridiculous laugh! Well enjoy it while you can - the season isn't over yet. Back to the game: I'm not a fan of Januarie, but for once he had a good (kicking) game. For my money Habana should realy now make way for another and Jantjies must be replaced by someone less timid.

  • chase - 2011-05-14 11:51

    Got to love them Australasian refs , they know how to back their fellow countymen, neverless the stormers did play a shocking 2nd hallf

      BCC - 2011-05-14 11:54

      And there goes the first whining. He muppet , the ref was Australian, which is about as much Kiwi as a bok. How about being gracious loser?

      werner.coetzer - 2011-05-14 11:56

      Not sure what you mean cause a lot of those decisions went the stormers way. JDV, Burger and louw was guilty of deliberate knockdowns, jdv got away with a blatant high tackle, a few of those early malls was truck n trailers. Good on the Chiefs for stepping up during the 10 minutes Aplon was off and then keeping their momentum

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:58

      Nothing wrong with the ref - he was consistent in his errors - both teams suffered.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 12:13

      Dickenson's reffing performance was outstanding.

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 12:19

      @Chase - nothing wrong with the ref mate. Plenty wrong with Stormers temperament, captaincy and decision making......My Rottweiler respects her rugby ball more than the Stormers respected the ball today. No aimless kicking from her.....

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 12:35

      No problem with the fact he has been reffing SA games pretty well recently!

      chase - 2011-05-14 13:02

      it took one decision to throw momentum in the opposite direction.wasnt putting the blame on Dickenson, thought he had a good game but rather on the TMO decision.. But i did state the stormers performance was still very poor in the 2nd half. trust me bull supporters would also be whining all the way if having such a decision go against them

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:11

      Ref was actually very reasonable today , did not agree with penalty try , but he asked TV ref , so not his fault

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 13:33

      @chase really when yout team is up by 20-3 and the other team gets a penalty try doesnt mean that moment changes.. Really 20-10 .. If you are that worried with that scoreline you don't have much faith in your team.. They leaked 27 points in the 2nd half where they had only conceded 49 points for all of their previous games in the 2nd half... Lame excuse saying momentum changed because of that. Chiefs were fired up after halftime and the Stormers were flat. Sometimes when teams have good first half leads they relax.. Dangerous against the chiefs..

      chase - 2011-05-14 14:16

      @crusaderman. the fact that a man was sent off for a marginal call affected the game. it wasnt just 7 points scored in those 10 min but rather 14 pts inc the penalty try and other try scored during Aplons absence. A knock like that can shake up a team and put them on the back foot immediately one would think. I do blame the stormers however for not being able to pull themselves together and come back from that

      Whoosa - 2011-05-14 14:54

      The ref was shitty both ways. Lots of knocks high tackles etc he missed. But stormers were there own downfal, got to question Grant's inability to kick you into good field position in general play, aswell as for touch. He gets NO distance. Despite lots of handling errors, very courages fight back from the chiefs and unlucky bounce of the ball, thats the teason why you lost and you will fall short of winning silver ware. You need a a nr 10 that can kick into good field position in tight games, especially in semi's and finals- Grant is not capable.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 17:20

      chase, there is not one referee that can really apply all the rules correctly all the time. The rules are too complicated and need to be revised thoroughly once and for all. A referee who tells me that he is able to apply the rules as they stand is a liar. And if he lies, he can also crooks you. Let's be honest, even a dishonest referee would not have been able to save us today! The Stormers fired on all eight cilinders in the first half, but their battery ran flat in the second.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 23:44

      @Chase agree that the sin bin can affect teams.. Also can lift the team with 14 players as well. Really Stormers defence is normally pretty good so the sin bin shouldn,t really have mattered.. They were flat .. Chiefs lifted their game Stormers didn't.. There are always sin bins.. It's part of the game. Some r hard calls others are not. Didn't see the first half so i don't know if it was fair or not.. Teams have to play to whatever the ref calls. Better luck nxt week

  • Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 11:53

    Stormers choked. First half was awsome, but the game is 80 minutes long. They were unlucky to concede the penalty try and the bouncing ball was a stab in the heart for the next try. Dickensons reffing was spot on, very good. January was outstanding, and should not have been subbed. He brings much more to the game than Duvenhage. Grant is not good enough. Lionel Cronje should have come on, and should start the next game.

      Oukoos - 2011-05-14 11:59

      January spot on? What did you smoke? I lost count of the number of aimless kicks with the end result in giving away possession and put the Stormers defence under pressure. January was kak. Having said that, Duvenhage was not much better.

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 11:59

      You may have a point there about Cronje. Grant looked exactly like someone who has not played in about a month.

      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:03

      I would blame the coach for putting Grant in after such a long break. Hind sight is a wonderful thing but bringing him on late in the game or subbing him early may have been the better option.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:08

      Why blame Grant, I thought he is Springbok material.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 12:10

      January only kicked when it was the right option, and his kicking was excellent. He tackled locks and props backward around the fringes when the Chiefs were trying to get go-forward. He was ALWAYS in position to clear the second phase ball immediately once it became available, and his service to the back line was super.

      Gert BB - 2011-05-14 12:14

      It shows you that there is only one #9 of quality in SA - Fourie du Preez. With him on the field, the Stormers would have won hands down.

      BTRX - 2011-05-14 12:16

      I also blame Grant, had a shocking second half. Bekker also pathetic!!!!

      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:30

      @ Gert, i hope you're right by saying he is the best in SA because he is clearly out of form and playing like crap. If he is the best then the ABs will dominate.

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 14:03

      @ How Grant didnt have a bad first half but a shocker in the 2nd. Here the coaching staff should take the blame for not bringing on Cronje who clearly looked good the last two games. Januarie was good tonight, and like how said he kicked when it necessary. I still lament the fact that Hoffman was allowed to leave

  • Krugga - 2011-05-14 11:56

    Yebo Yes! 1. Weak leadership in Schalk and Jean, 2. No BMT, 3. Grant one dimensional - not Bok material, 4.Crusaders loss broke the Stormers morale. Like I said, the tide is turning!

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 17:27

      Grant was only rusted after a long absence from the game. He will be back on form next week. Stormers did not look like a broken team in the first half. Maybe they only remembered their lost last week after half time?

  • Abigail Green - 2011-05-14 11:56

    How disappointing. No man Stormers!

      Cadder - 2011-05-14 12:02


      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:22

      They played rubbish, typical Stormers game, no surprises here

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:40

      @Mike Webber, funny how the typical Stormers game crushed the Sharks

      bakkebul - 2011-05-14 13:00

      @ Daspoort: The game against the Sharks was not a typical Stormers game - it was a flash-in-the-pan game

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 13:21

      @bakkebul, yip, seems every good Stormer game is a flash-in-the-pan. Luckily we had two flash-in-the-pan games against the Sharks.

      bakkebul - 2011-05-14 13:40

      @ Daspoort: No, I just think you took a bit of liberty to think that the recent performance of the Stormers against the Sharks was " a typical performance". The Stormers performed excellent on the day, but definitely not "typical".

  • Jack - 2011-05-14 12:03

    Fantastic result. They deserved to lose after what Aplon did. The Stormers have always been a dirty side. Dirty play is embedded in their DNA. I am ecstatic that all that bragging about being the first side to make a clean sweep on tour now lies in tatters. And in the process, all those so-called rugby geniuses like Grant, Januarie, de Jongh and those no-name loosies are shown up to be rubbish when the chips are down. Go Bulls and Sharks!

      Ockert - 2011-05-14 12:09


      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:09

      The trouble with your comments is that the Bulls and Sharks haven't shown much fight either. The Bulls may think thay have a chance for the playoffs but they are dreaming. The Sharks are not title contenders at all, or did you not watch the Twickenham game?

      SAFFA-CAT - 2011-05-14 12:17

      @Jack, So much anger?.......PS: please kick your wife rather than the family dog. Cheers.

      Howzitekse - 2011-05-14 12:29

      Jack, your meds. Take them before you make more of a fool of yourself.

      Carl Muller - 2011-05-14 12:38

      Jack, at least they are still in front. Their wins make it easier for any and every other S A team that plays good to win or at least play the finals in S A. Bulls forever.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:13

      Jack: You are really sick , I was worried untill I saw you support the Bulls , then I knew you were sick!!!!!

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 14:05

      Jack youre talking crap.. Aplon although there was contact was unlucky.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 14:27 sick little boy! Penalty try was fully justified in that Aplon definitely did drag the shoulder back however, a little harsh in sending him off...his line of flight was in line with the ball and his reaction would be typical of anyone competing for the ball.

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 17:33

      Jack, you're not a rugby fan. You're a bitter, fanatic Stormers hater. Perhaps you should not read reports involving Stormers rugby. You may live longer, my man!

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 23:01

      Thank you Jack and amen

  • daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:07

    Dit was die swakste ineenstorting van 'n span in 'n lang tyd. Waar het dit skeefgeloop? 1) 'n dronk / breindood TV ref wat 'n strafdrie beslis en gevolglike geelkaart 2) doellose skoppe veldaf teen enige (al is hulle so k*k soos die Chiefs) NewSeeland span is dwaas, VERAL as jy verdedig met 14 spelers vir 10 minute 3) Skoppe wat nie uitgeskop word nie Ek kan aangaan, maar feit is, die Stormers het erg teleurgestel, en sal daadwerklik moet werk aan hulle gameplan wanneer hulle agter is of erg teenstand kry, want op die oomblik is hulle gewoond aan 80min domineer.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:18

      |Jy vergeet van die skewe ingooi, die aanslane en hoog vatte waar die beslissings aan die chokers gegaan het!

      Mike Webber - 2011-05-14 12:23

      They applied too much peroxide and hair gel before the game, that's what went wrong

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:30

      AlwaysHappy, jy is duidelik een van daai ouens wat enige verskoning sal kry en gebruik om die Stormers af te jak. Dis regtig pateties. Maar wag, ons sal weer praat as my span deurgaan na die finaal. GO STORMERS

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:44

      daspoort: dis presies die probleem wat daar bestaan by jul stormer supporters. Jy moet eers die uitspeel rondte haal en AL die wedstryde wen voor jy by die finaal uitkom. Die jaar is die Bulls nie daar om vir julle 'n plek in die finaal te skenk nie. Kom eers daar.

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:57

      AlwaysHappy, wat presies is die probleem met ons Stormer ondersteuners? Dat ons glo ons span gaan die finaal haal? Wats fout daarmee? Glo jy nie jou span kan dit doen nie? Mens hoef mos nie heeltyd "Ag ons kyk maar wat gebeur en hoop vir die beste"-houding te he nie, jy kan mos maar windgat wees as jou span goeie rugby speel. Sure, hulle het nog ver om te gaan. Maar ek glo hulle gaan dit maak. So wat is nou fout daarmee??

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 13:13

      1. Wees realisties. 2. Stormer trui maak jou nie die beste in die wereld nie.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 13:14

      daspoort : I agree on the penalty try , but even without it , Draw at best , not the way for the best SA team to play!!!

      BTRX - 2011-05-15 13:37

      Daspoort-om deur te gaan na die finaal is nog nie die wen van die finaal nie. Eers as hulle wen dan kan jy praat. Elke span is so goed soos sy laaste wen.

  • Regardt Boer - 2011-05-14 12:09

    Sjoe, dit was treurig. Hoe lank voor julle Habana met sy baard op die bank laat sit. Daai laaste skop waar hy die bal tussen deur sy bene laat gaan het en toe net daar staan en loer met sy kop tussen sy knieknoppe was sekerlik die laaste spyker in die doodskis vir hierdie jafel van 'n rugbyspeler.

      Les - 2011-05-15 17:45

      @Regardt Boer... You are a d00s supreme... Habana is improving week on week. That specific bounce of the ball would have beaten ANY rugby player... whether he be a shark, bull, cheetah or kiwi. Whilst i'm on my high horse... there are about 5 people on these blogs that actually want discuss rugby (and to be more precise, this particular article about the Stormers vs Chiefs)... What the F%^$ does this article have to do about ANY other South African team? They didn't play against the Chiefs! C'mon Stormers... the second half was pathetic (I am a RABID / AVID Stormers supporter). Well done Lions (about time), Bulls and even more well done Cheetahs. I now know why you silly little people lost RSA to the ANC... can't stand behind your own grandmothers! According to nearly everyone on this blog, the bulls suck, the sharks are loosers, the lions are a bunch of ^&%, the cheetahs are useless and the Proteas & Bafana Bafana are chokers... The only consistency on these sites are the pathetic Lloyds, Branna's and a host of other so called rugby supporters in their childish little taunts (Oh and of course how the blacks can strike, toy toy and whinge about service delievry, but STILL vote for the racist ANC)! Now that i've snivvled like a little child!!! Crusaderman, Saffa-Cat and a few others... keep up the fair commentary and ignore the negatives... maybe if we don't comment on their inane comments they will get bored and go away.

  • RobinHood - 2011-05-14 12:11

    Stormers deserved to loose - you pick the tellytubbie you will not be successful. Unfortunately the culprit was Jantjes (again) - he just has no clue. General decision-making was poor and Grant was pathetic - must be his worse game ever. So - now we will just beat the Blues to still win 3 on the road.

      BCC - 2011-05-14 12:17

      The Blues will be hurting and will play an expansive game to blow the Stormers off the park. The Stormers are going to have a very difficult tour (as stated last week)!

      Kaapie - 2011-05-14 14:07

      So how did telly tubbie play badly when the Stormers played well i the first half and poor in the 2nd when tubbie was off..

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 14:29

      Actually, I thought Ricky played a reasonably good game today!

      Whoosa - 2011-05-14 15:30

      Agree Mike, Jannuary the pie factory played good today. I thought his tactical kicking was on par in the first half. Slowish behind the scrum and not a real bullet pass though in general, but he was not bad today. BUT still, hes time is up, he should go play albaters on the flats!

  • Tongie - 2011-05-14 12:21

    WTF just happened there....??? we had them pinned but we let the game slip. credit to the Chiefs they played with hunger and composure. Andries Bakker droping ball, Condrad Jantjes and Habana letting the ball make a nuphie of him. is it me or Ricky Januarie looks too FAT and too one dimensional with the box kicks, why not play to your strength and run the ball. Schalla all over the park, although he made some great hits, i must admit he is not the best of captains. Vermeulen what a great game, strong player, but the highlight of the game was Sivivatu going for a drop goal, amazing how when momentum is behind u, u grow confident and will do anything.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:45

      A game is 80 minutes.

  • Jurie - 2011-05-14 12:23

    The Stormers peaked to soon. Can't see it going better against an on form Blues outfit.

      Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:26

      The stompies will get momentum as the spiral goes down!

  • OD - 2011-05-14 12:38

    FFS ! Hulle het geen respek vir mens se SuperBru nie !

      daspoort - 2011-05-14 12:58

      My Superbru is in sy moer!!

  • johnnylaw - 2011-05-14 12:50

    Too many handling errors in the second half, and silly lofted passes. They were tired, for sure. One suggestion - give Habana a go at centre. He sees too little ball but has a great work ethic, is a fighter, and had steam right to the end. On top of that, he is strong and could make many more penetrating runs if he saw the ball earlier in the phases.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-14 13:44

      @johnnylaw U r joking i presume. He had a dreadful game.. he has real bad hands.. He really is a player on the decline. Didnt see first half but what i saw in 2nd half was dreadful.. Like Grant they both had dreadful hands. One stage in 2nd half bouncing ball he didnt even get any part of his body to it. Which is just as well cos chiefs took quick throw in and were away.. And you want this guy at centre.. replacing one of your 2 players who are fairly good. Altho JDV seems to be making basic mistakes too.

      Mike@CapeT - 2011-05-14 14:35

      @Crusaderman. If you missed the first half then your comment can be forgiven. It was a game of 2 halves. The Stormers were petty good in the first half and went to pieces in the second. I don't have a problem with Habana on the wing. He is one of the few players who will chase kicks upfield, for all he is worth, and put pressure on the receiver. His hands have been letting him down this season though.

      johnnylaw - 2011-05-14 15:48

      valid points but everyone has the mark of him on the wing. He still has a fantastic turn of pace and his work in the first half was great. He was even stealing ball at the ruck. Put him in a surprise position and I reckon he would surprise you too!

  • BULLPRET - 2011-05-14 12:54

    @CADDER. the Chiefs learned from the best. They were 20-3 up against the Bulls two weeks ago and lost the game. This time around they were 20-3 down and applied the lessons learned from the Bulls to outplay the Stormers in the second half. Hope the Stormers have learned from this and come back stronger as we need all the South African teams to do well.

  • Marcell - 2011-05-14 12:59

    As Elton Jantjies so aanhou is hy seker netnou die nuwe Springbok losskakel!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:26

      Wel hy's beter as Grant!

  • StoreS123 - 2011-05-14 13:26

    I've told you last week that there are to many BLOCK HEADED players including Schalk Burger in the Stormers team @$#%@@

  • StephanM - 2011-05-14 13:26

    What a pity... Fortunately they will not get their asses handed to them again next week... Oh no wait... My bad! See what happens when you start celebrating before you have won the cup?

      AlwaysHappy - 2011-05-14 13:37

      You end up with a stormer jersey on your shoulders.

  • Ockie - 2011-05-14 13:48

    Only the players to blame here. How can you loose after dominating the first halve and leading by 20-3. Something is amiss. One of the commentators mentioned something about a team that is not good in playing catching up. That means, the m ake mistakes when they are under pressure. That is the reason a team need senior players ... but the Stormers have a number. Sorry to agree, but it seems that the Stormers crack/choke under pressure.

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:25

      Well put. They've repeated this for the last 11 years and as I've mentioned before nothing will change this season. The Stormers will not win any cups.

  • Plato - 2011-05-14 14:01

    I am a Bulls supporter but what a first 40 minutes! Face it, they played like champions. It was all there! At one point I had glimpses of the greatness of the Bulls in 2010. Then they stuffed it up. Thought they could just reappear on the field after halftime. Should have learned from the Bulls’ mistakes as well. It is hard work, for 80 minutes, every game. That is what brings greatness.

  • ikilladabull - 2011-05-14 14:01

    Rassie should never have started Grant and Habana. I think he lost us this game. Grant should have came off the bench only if needed. There is no way you start with a player coming back from a four week lay-off. I've never rated Grant as a good flyhalf. His place kicking is good but thats it. Other than that he is one dimensional and tactically he is nowhere. I think Rassie missed a trick by leaving Kurt Coleman at home. Ricky had a good game and should not have been replaced. Duvenhage, like Grant, is one dimensional and predictable and if the reports of Pienaar coming to the Stormers are true, then I for one, am happy. Conrad Janjes is solid at the back but what we need is an attacking fullback. He looks flatfooted on attack. I dont blame him for the Sivivatu try as he got an awfull bounce. Aplon would be a much better option due to his attacking flair. I also dont think that the burden of captaincy is helping Burgers game. There are players that are cut out for it and those that are not. Schalk unfortunately falls under the latter category and untill the Stormers management realises this, their season is doomed.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-05-14 16:01

    Just a few points I would like to make: When a team is on the back foot, all kinds of things happen, eg. knock-ons, missed tackles, poor passes, poor kicks and wrong options are taken. To all the Stormers that who are find pleasure taking the Bulls and their players apart after a bad game, kry vir julle. I recall the Bulls murdering this team, and I was told that I must remember that they are bottom feeders. But, I want to add that this may be a good thing, and the Stormers will know that they must be prepared at all times. The game is won after the final wistle. I believe that the Stormers will take the Blues next week, and that there will be no light approach. Bad luck Stormers. Bad start to the tour, but the Stormers is a good unit, and I am certain that they will turn it around, starting next week. NB! The would be Bok selectors on this site, I hope you are watching.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-16 03:07

      @GreameBB The Chiefs are a very hard team to play at home. Even if my team was at full strength i would still take a 3 point win.. They don't travel to well. Really Stormers should have won but maybe the travel factor made them a bit casual. Cos Crusaders are coming back from SA the same might happen to us next week. At least this week Carter will be given the full game. He is one classy player. Good luck against the Sharks.. Think you guys will win by 13 points ... Sort of want the Stormers to win, but really i have to back the Blues to win.. Your correct with other statement bout Habana on the wing.. I would play him too. That other guy wanted him at centre.. Stormers looked bit lost without Fourie in the centres..

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:02

    HA HA HA HA HA HA Here we go, bigmouths starting with the dip. Remember what your hero Naas said, you don't win this in April. JOKERS OF WORLD RUGBY!!!!!

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:09

    Grant for Springbok FH, and Habana a must for WC?????????????/ What a f@ckin joke, we will go down by 40 to the AB!!! Jokers of world rugby living up to their reputation once again.

  • CliffBradley - 2011-05-14 16:28

    The five most overrated players in world rugby: 1) Grant 2) Habana 3) JdV 4) Bekker 5) Duane

      jannie - 2011-05-14 16:39

      Nee Cliff hulle is: 1) Victor Matfield 2) Pierre Spies 3) Wynand Olivier 4) Zane Kirchner 5) John Smit

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 17:32

      @jannie Jou ou grapgat, foeitog, die grysmateriaal is maar min ne.

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:33

      Jannie try adding together the trophies of your list and then compare them with the trophies of..hmmm... well any other 5 players you can think of and see who comes out on top! I count 3 WC medals already in your list, must mean all the other players in world rugby are truely crap!

      CliffBradley - 2011-05-15 15:52

      jannie: Moenie dat daai wannabee idioot jou kry nie !!!

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 16:44

    Ag daar is NIKS lekkerder om die w!ndgatste span in wereldrugby, en by verre die domste so te sien verloor nie. Ek lag nou al 'n week aanmekaar en wragtag daar verloor die goed WEER! Kyk jy hoef nie Siener van Rensburg te wees om te sien hoe die laaste 11 jaar or en oor gaan herhaal nie!!!

  • Spindoc - 2011-05-14 17:36

    SA Rugby supporters Like Children!!!What is it with us South Africans that we take so much delight in seeing fellow SA sides loosing.I am a Stormers supporter and currently I am cheering the Bulls onto win as I did the Sharks last week.Those of you who feel it's your right to critise and go ahead but you are no better than the NZ fan brigade from the Cape Flats.Come on win or loose we are South Africans...sure have a dig when it's a derby...but come on don't act like children an stoop to name calling and petty sledging.

      Jan - 2011-05-16 10:38

      @spindoc. Een van die bitter min intellegente opmerkings op hierdie blog. Well said. Soos jy kan sien het die helfte van die kenners hier niks anders om te doen nie. I couldn't believe my eyes the first time I landed here. Sorry to the reasonable guys.

  • cupid1984 - 2011-05-14 17:40

    stormers is just 1 point (45) ahead of the crusaders(44) . IF the Saders beat the cheetahs they will be on (48), how does this work because the blues are on 49 points? Or do they just qualify as 4th regardless.

      Ockie - 2011-05-15 07:30

      Still some way to go. The two top teams overall qualify. The next 4 will play quarter finals. The winners meet the 3 top teams in semi finals. Hope this anser your question.

      Crusader Man - 2011-05-16 03:14

      @Cupid top team from each conference finishes 1-3 regardless of whether other teams have more points. then next 3 teams with most points get wildcard .. regardless of what country.. Top 2 conference winners then have week odd.. #rd conference winner plays 6th place.. 4 plays 5 .... Presume week after that top 2 qualifers play winners of other games .. 1&2 get home games.. Then if team 1 wins they host the final.. If they lose and team 2 wins they then get the final.. Hope that clears it up :-)

  • Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 17:42

    Why am I unhappy? Because the Stormers is the best SA team at present and they did not play like it! The Springbok team is going to be weaken by the inclusion of several lesser players from other provinces/franchises. If they keep on playing like this, they will not be able to carry those players in the World Cup games. But, then, we must be realistic - nobody has ever managed to win two World Cups in a row.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 18:02

      Are they????? You brainless idiot!! And the Bulls currently up 40-3 at this stage!!! Go mighty Bulls, drown useless Stormers, the Jokers of world rugby

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 21:33

      Haai, Piele - ekskuus, Plesiespier - het jy gedink ek is ernstig? Wys jou wie is die breinlose idioot! Wou maar net wys ek kan ook kak praat, soos alle Bulls-ondersteuners gereeld doen. Jy't lekker geval vir die aas, né?

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:11

      U unhappy cuz you've got one of the lowest IQ's ever recorded. Ek lag myself simpel vir jou

      Jan - 2011-05-16 10:46

      @Plesierspier. Jy praat baie van mense se IK. 'n Mens moet afly, uit jou kommentaar, dat joune negatief is.

  • Marshall - 2011-05-14 18:00

    Did Aplon's antics really deserve both a penalty try and a yellow card? Surely one or the other, not both? Poor loss guys, better pick it up for next week.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 18:04

      Another loss coming up against the Blues. Same problem year in and year out, Stormers the most arrogant rubbish you can imagine beginning of the season and then the world laughs at them come season end!

      Durasmart - 2011-05-14 21:42

      A penalty try is an automatic yellow card. That's what the rulebook says. In normal time I thought that Aplon was OK and that he was just running his line towards the ball,but in the slow motion that TMO used to make his ruling, Aplon definitely grabbed the Chiefs player's jersey, so the penalty try was justified.

  • Maarten - 2011-05-14 18:06

    No man stormers, what are you guys doing. You are way better than this,

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 18:25

      No they not, history doesn't lie

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 18:35

    Hope all you toothless Stormer scum are watching the Bulls game in admiration. Especially all you 5 braincell one's who reckon "meisiekind" is a hasbeen! JdV should take a few tips and then retire immediately

      Spindoc - 2011-05-14 20:16 are exactly the type of child that hides behind his keyboard because he has no friends!!!Get a life boet...The Stormers lost so what it's not a world war..the Bulls won and played well so what it's not a world's a game.Why do you spend so much time hating the Stormers...must be a mental problem because as much as I love the Stormers I'll always support any SA side that plays against oversea's opposition...grow up and enjoy the Bulls win.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 21:45

      @Spindoc Cuz i don't handle idiotic,arrogant scum very well. I normally just crush them and get it out of my way.

      mike - 2011-05-15 02:36

      Seriously Spindoc - thats your argument, its just a game. You obvioulsy either come from a foreign country or you don't have any South African friends!

  • Bandleader - 2011-05-14 19:39

    The Bulls supporters refer to 11 years of no trophies. They also refer to hopeful starts to seasons, which go up in smoke. This match was the same. Blowing a commanding lead through characterless play is just not good enough. Allister, sort this rubbish out. How come the team balance is better when Schalk is injured? Champion sides play like champions consistently. The Stormers blow hot and cold, and the trophy cabinet shows it.

  • BTRX - 2011-05-14 20:03

    Gaan kyk bietjie die kommentaar van die Province ondersteuners na die bulle se goeie oorwinning oor die Rebels!! Maak nie saak hoe ver die bulle wen nie die WP ondersteuners kan nooit 'n goeie woord sê teenoor die bulle nie!! Baie swak.

      Spindoc - 2011-05-14 20:12 are's the uneducated Stormers supporters!!!!I am a Kaapie and support the Stormers but I will always support other SA sides and I thought the Bulls played very good's not everybody just the ignorant few!!!

      Kleinboet - 2011-05-14 21:49

      Beatrix, ek het gaan kyk. Ek sien nie sulke kommentaar daar nie. Ja, daar is hier en daar 'n verskil van mening, maar geen vuilbekkigheid soos van die Bulls-ondersteuners op hierdie blad nie. (En so gepraat: Ek sou andersins glad nie daar gaan lees het nie, want ek stel nie belang in Bulls-rugby nie. Ek sou ook nie kommentaar kon lewer nie, want ek KYK nie Bulls-rugby nie. Lyk my julle ouens kyk Stormers-rugby, want julle lewer ywerig kommentaar!)

      BTRX - 2011-05-15 13:45

      Kleinboet ons het jou nie nodig nie, daar is genoeg blou bul ondersteuners. Jy het ooglopend teen jou ooglede vas gekyk, soos gewoonlik. Die blou bul ondersteuners juig as die bulle wen en boo nie hulle spelers soos op Nuweland nie. Ek het 7 jaar in Kaapstad gebly en dit was tragies die naartjie gooiery en hoe die springbokke uitgejou is deur die nuweland skare as ons teen nz gespeel het.

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:10

      @Kleinboet Jou PK is baie naby. As ek jou IK gehad het so ek dit nie op 'n internet blog gewaag het nie, hulle gaan skaterlag vir jou jou simpel idioot

  • Plesierspier - 2011-05-14 21:41

    Suck it Stormers!!!! And now Cliffie, Mike, Whatever, watalife or one of those idiotic rubbish will have something to say about the ref, the wind, how lucky the Bulls were , their grandmas tampon that's too big or some or other story that they've used the last 11 years

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:08

      @Andrew It makes us the most successful SA franchise. Till the Stormers win some silverware no-one will take you serious and you'll remain the jokers of world rugby.

  • enrolics - 2011-05-14 21:44

    Stormers is K@K

      Andrew - 2011-05-15 12:37

      This season the Bulls are third in our Super Rugby franchise, if the Stormers are K@K what does that make the Bulls. Oh by the way I am glad you boys won, it confirms my belief about, you play better without him, his captaincy contribution to the team was unfortunately not missed. Can anyone say please Victor, go out when on top.

      Andrew - 2011-05-15 12:38

      belief about Victor it should read

      Plesierspier - 2011-05-15 16:08

      @Andrew It makes us the most successful SA franchise. Till the Stormers win some silverware no-one will take you serious and you'll remain the jokers of world rugby

  • Laserguided - 2011-05-14 21:44

    As a fanatic Bulls supporter I am still disappointed by the Stormers's performance. All our teams could've won today if it hadn't been for this. They'll still give the Blues the blues next week!

  • Clayton - 2011-05-15 09:49

    I see all the stormers supports are looking for excused for being terrible... Not good enough, had a easy run so far and the only times you have been tested you have lost! And as for all of you punting Peter Grant for the bok no 10 jersey, I think yesterdays performance is enough to to justify him staying home when the plane leaves for NZ in september

  • Norval - 2011-05-15 10:12

    Gio - best try of S15 in the worst S15 game...Stormers some where in the game were 20-3 ahead...the Bulls were 21-3 ahead at some stange....and the stormers is the best sa touring side on a honeymoon tour....from a Bulls supporter I didn't expect this lost and excuses...