Friday 13th works for Stormers

2012-07-13 13:22

Cape Town – If it is meant to be a day on the calendar marked by wretched luck, quite the opposite occurred for the grateful Stormers on this particular Friday 13th.

Instead it was Super Rugby rivals the Chiefs who felt the effects of ill fortune as a try was awarded against them -- by touch-and-go television match official verdict -- more than four minutes after the siren in Wellington for New Zealand conference rivals the Hurricanes to sneak a key encounter 28-25.

Although the Chiefs, who earned a losing bonus point, retained top spot on the overall standings their position is now considerably more tenuous in terms of the rights to a possible home final.

The Stormers simply require two points – a draw would achieve that, albeit unlikely considering there haven’t been any in the competition all season –in their home match against the Melbourne Rebels on Saturday (15:00) to ensure the top berth.

Perhaps more relevantly, the result at the Cake Tin after an enthralling NZ derby means that the Newlands-based team, in the midst of a rich winning habit, will not require four tries against the Rebels; just another basic triumph will do.

They have only played the limited Rebels once before, beating them 40-3 with a bonus point in Australia last season, so suddenly being defeated would be a jaw-dropper of note throughout the SANZAR territory: pundit Naas Botha was confident enough in the SuperSport studio to venture that “it just won’t happen”.

Whatever the argument about the reasonably unexciting playing style the Stormers have employed this year, if they see off the Rebels they will have earned 14 wins from their 16 ordinary-season fixtures – two more than the Chiefs.

Friday’s lone match threw the Hurricanes a lifeline by propelling them to 57 points and fourth place overall, simultaneously cranking up the pressure on South Africa’s other playoffs hunters the Bulls and Sharks.

The domestic sides slipped one rung each, to sixth and seventh respectively, with the Sharks thus elbowed just out of the playoffs zone.

But both teams have home derbies in hand on Saturday (the Bulls entertain the Lions and Sharks host the Cheetahs) and may only need wins without bonus points to be sure of spots in the finals series if the Reds win their own, all-Aussie affair against the Waratahs without managing to cross the whitewash four times in Brisbane.

Such a scenario would push the Hurricanes and the defending-champion Reds out of the playoffs, leaving South Africa with the satisfaction of three sides making the cut, along with two from New Zealand (Chiefs and almost certainly Crusaders) and one from Australia in the shape of the Brumbies.

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  • jono.qmann - 2012-07-13 13:28

    Thanks Naas! We will play our defence game tomorrow again and should take another victory! Boring rugby or not, Stomers will find a way to win and thats all we need/want! SFL

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-13 14:28

      Enjoy your last win tom , lol

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:27

      alicia are you david lee roths twin brother?

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 21:44

      Don't mind Tom.Turdis Alicia. He is just very lonely and unwanted.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 22:38

      hey lean t1ts or gtfo

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 13:30

    Good luck guys. Bulls groete!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:03

      grootbek stormers, going to get eggplant all over ur faces

  • mike.richansen - 2012-07-13 13:40

    Whats the point of a home final for the Stormers,they wont win their semi anyway!

      Ettiene - 2012-07-13 14:06

      My point exactly!! But it is fine give them all the hope and credit, we know they the chokers after all

      edward.stokes.969 - 2012-07-13 15:22

      Hey WTF, didn't the bulls choke last year against the sharks,on Loftus?

      enrico.capazorio - 2012-07-13 16:29

      Don't see any facts in this comment. Merely speculations. Nothing of value here.

      enrico.capazorio - 2012-07-13 16:29

      Go Stormers!!!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:04

      mike richansen what a legend

  • mike.richansen - 2012-07-13 13:41

    Whats the difference, they wont make the final anyway!

      pieter.thefuture - 2012-07-13 13:45

      Sorry Mike, this is an article on the Stormers, you seem to be commenting on the Bulls chances of making the final

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:04

      im the rubber u the glue whatever u say sticks to u omg welcome back to grade 3. u lot r so childish. ur mother

  • Enrico Capazorio - 2012-07-13 13:45

    This obsession of scoring 4 tries every game. Bonus points are for teams that lose 5 or more games in the comp. to stay alive. Teams that win 90% of their games don't need them. Playoffs games only need to be won by one point.

      koper.koos.1 - 2012-07-13 15:58

      True, but it just shows the value of scoring 4 tries, if the Bulls and Sharks are still in it

      enrico.capazorio - 2012-07-13 16:12

      Correct Koos. Those bonus points were gold for the Bulls and Sharks this season and no one is more happy that they are still in the running for the comp. Not my intention to slag them off. My point was directed at those who have been slagging the Stormers off. Most wins in the round robin stage, 2nd to only the ' saders in points difference, least amount of tries conceded, these are no mean feats.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:29

      normaly i wouldnt agree with a man named koos, but i defo cant agree with a man named enrico so therefore koos gets my vote

      TheReal.EuanB - 2012-07-14 11:57

      Hahahahahahahaha TOM. Randomness.but point well taken. And 2 the point about rescue points. However i believe fans and pundits who pressurise our team 2 score 4 tries week in week out are our biggest enemy...that and robbie fleck's inability to coach our 9, 10 and 12 who r very good players, to pass and accept the ball on the advantage line and not 22m behind the ruck. If that simple error is rectified, then we we actually b the most invincible team this competion has ever seen... And yes i will say better than 7 time champions crusaders and the ever exciting chiefs who are my fav NZ team even before this gr8 season

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 13:10

      first, the stormers would be invincible if they had a backline that sis anything second, i certainly cannot take someone seriously with a white cap flexing their puny muscles in their facebook profile pic, with no shirt on. u must be between the age of 18 and 21.

      TheReal.EuanB - 2012-07-17 10:09

      This tom guy is really annoying. Lets get him banned the idiot. What u looking at my facebook for? Tell me where u live and i will come donner u right now u lil bitch. Do something constructive with ur life and get laid instead of making trouble on social media hiding behind a screen.

  • carolyn.myburgh - 2012-07-13 13:46


      Ettiene - 2012-07-13 14:07

      I heard that last year and then in 2010 as well. Telle me what exactly happened? Did you guys came back to earth perhaps

      CapeChappy - 2012-07-13 15:51

      We won the conference last year.. oh and this year for good measure... how did your lot do? Oh wait, now you're going to tell me about what happened in the past... well the USA are also the reigning Olympic rugby champions, so they must be the best in the world.... how about supporting the SA teams for change you pathetic little scrote.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:31

      carolyn myburgh, a picture to ascertain your level of hotness please. i notice a pic of a car on ur profile, trying to show off, so therefor pending a picture of how hot u r, your comment is invalid and go make me a sandwich, and make sure my beer is cold. my pimp hand is strong bud

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 20:07

      Oh capechappy .. you don't 'win" the conference just like you don't 'win" 2nd or 3rd place .. That just means you were a bit less of a loser than we were, CONGRATULATIONS! Now of course in the somewhat bigger picture you're still the biggest losers in SA rugby.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 20:09

      As for supporting the SA team .. no thanks not until they do us proud by playing rugby .. at the moment they're just hitting our name with a plank. Sharks and Bulls I do support "well the USA are also the reigning Olympic rugby champions" .. strawman fallacy.

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 21:52

      Don't mind John Edwards, he is not even a Saffa.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 22:40

      wtf is a saffa? copy and paste Don't you have a terribly empty feeling - in your skull? He is living proof that man can live without a brain! Go ahead, tell them everything you know. It'll only take 10 seconds. You're so ugly, it looks like you fell off an ugly tree, and hit all the branches on the way down.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 23:24

      lean , still pointing and laughing

  • storm.trooper.125 - 2012-07-13 13:59

    waars tokolos

      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 14:35

      Just like the rest of the Bulls,all in there holes:):)

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  • roger.oxlee - 2012-07-13 14:25

    Stormers will be on top. The Reds have won one more game (10 vs 9 by both Bulls and Sharks) so if they get 5pts against the Waratahs and end up on equal points with the Bulls and the Sharks they will be above them. So Sharks and Bulls both need 5 pointers to be sure of going through. Stormers

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:32

      waratahs will not get a bonus point against the reds, it will be a stormer-like game where the best team is the one who wins the most penalties and makes the most tackles. just hope the waratahs get within 5, need to get paid and get laid!

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 21:47

      Yawn Tom, Yawn. Get some new material. You are making us all fall asleep, even more so than the Stormers. And that is pretty hard to do, according to you lot.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 22:41

      and you like your own post, nice one boet

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-14 06:37

      hey tom you using my line on you at some one else now. cause you always thumbs up your own crap!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-07-13 14:30

    Worry bout winning the game first !, then play the semi

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:05

      wow someone with some sense, not grootbek. i like u, wanna gym together?

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-13 14:33

    Stormers jou lekker ding.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:32

      lionel u starting to sound like mongo visser

  • douglas.moore.1654 - 2012-07-13 15:19

    my friend's ex-wife makes $64/hr on the computer. She has been out of a job for 5 months but last month her pay was $19583 just working on the computer for a few hours. Here's the site to read more

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:15

      mine too bud, cam girl, jirra hot boet hot chaan, she's also been out a job for a few months now she is hooking bud, and not for a rugby team bud. i get to spend all my time at home while she brings in the dough bud

  • warren.fourie.52 - 2012-07-13 16:07

    Wow a potential hom final pitty it will be at that hole newlands when it could be at the cape town stadium

  • enrico.capazorio - 2012-07-13 16:23

    Since Super rugby adopted the conference system in 2011, the Stormers have been easily the most successfull team . With only a handful of losses over 2 seasons its difficult to understand how any rational person cannot see the value of winning the conference cup. Congratulations to the Stormers on their achievements so far and good luck to all the SA teams for the rest of the comp.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:16

      just goes to show u, makes u think hey, interesting bud intersting

      temakarini.mapu - 2012-07-13 23:25

      Is that a result of playing in a weaker conference perhaps?

  • RetiefC - 2012-07-13 16:27

    Die Stormers behoort hierdie een te wen. Want: Referee: Lourens van der Merwe (South Africa) Assistant referees: Mark Lawrence (South Africa), Christie du Preez (South Africa) Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa) Bulle groete

      Jahendel - 2012-07-13 16:39

      Shaun Veldsman die grootste anti-stormer

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-13 17:04

      with that logic amp the bulls should have won all their matches? stormers greetings.

      RetiefC - 2012-07-13 17:29

      @ jahendal, Shaun is gelukkig net die Tele ref. Behoort nie 'n groot invloed te he op die game nie. Bulle groete

      Jahendel - 2012-07-14 08:24

      @Ampie dan het jy seker nie die ons game teen die Canes gekyk nie. Elke keer as hy die TV ref is word ons benadeel met sy beslissings

  • Craven Luyt - 2012-07-13 16:38

    Have I been in a coma? Is the S15 over? It sounds like the Stormers won, well done guys! Oh wait, it's 13 July, Stormers fans opening up the champagne early again. The way I see it this opens the door for the Sharks and Bulls. Less traveling. Stompies not known for their BMT. Regards Craven

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-13 16:44

      You might be right, but I think the Kaapenaars might prove evry1 wrong this year. Good luck to all the SA sides. Bulls Groete

      paul.sdoow - 2012-07-13 17:02

      we have grinded a lot of wins that were not there and the young guns have proved themselves . we don't need four tries to who we only need one extra point on the board.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 19:16

      i have bet on all the top 6 to take it, except the stormers. money is safe

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-13 21:50

      So tom which is it, you say one thing in one article, then something else in the next one. Poor guy, that BM Compressor is going to your head. Or is it the roids? Or is it because There is no vaccine against stupidity. We will never know.

      Mr.visvangfrikkie - 2012-07-13 22:11

      Ag Shame you poor little babies!! Your Pink team has twice this season been beaten by the "Hasbeens" from the WP. Whether we win the S15 or not the fact remains that for the last 2 years we have been the best Super Rugby side in SA. As for the chokers label...... I suppose the only way you can be a choker is if you're in a position to win the tournament?? It's easy to sit and bash the Stormers for their lack of tries this year but how many games have they lost?? Also had the Bulls not been given a win by Mr Jonker, against the Brumbies, would they even be in contention for the playoffs? Yes the Bulletjies won the Super Rugby tournament 3 times but for the last 2 years they have been out of the running! As for Tommy "dipsh$t" Turdis your comment makes you no better than a good for nothing South African, All Black supporter!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-13 22:44

      lean one tip, when copying and pasting insults, make sure to take the capital letter out of the middle of your sentence after pasting.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-13 23:35

      lean .. still pointing and laughing "your Pink team has twice this season been beaten " stop living in the past muppet-chop Visvang sorry but the competition is not over yet and the Bulls are still in it with a chance so it's still possible for the Bulls to end up best SA side in the 2012 SR competition .. .. that's as far as I got into your diatribe before I penciled you down as imbecile.

      frans.visserdsb - 2012-07-14 03:07

      LOL - Random - stop living in the past? Really? great, so we won't be hearing about the three superrugby trophies you guys won in the previous decade?

      lean.sadie - 2012-07-14 03:10

      Thats cool John keep pointing. That is all you can do, and Turd, how is that Bm treating you? Does it come out of your ass just like your comments? Yawn, you guys make me sleepy. And Craven, It is hard to read a whole article, but not as hard as reading the crap you write. Maybe it would help your pain go away if you were in a coma, and save the rest of us from all the crap you twits write.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-14 09:12

      the only exception to the past are the three super rugby titles. when your team wins one, you too shall understand

  • athi.ntisana - 2012-07-13 16:43

    STORMERRRRRRRSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! JOU LEKKER DING, top spot for you MORE.

  • Jco - 2012-07-14 05:50

    Stormers, please take the victory! Does not matter how and the Super 15 trophy will be yours later! It is all in your hands!

  • TheReal.EuanB - 2012-07-14 12:01

    Ek sien hier baie groete van die bulle ondersteuners. Is dit omdat hulle binnekort uit die kompetiesie gaan wees? Ek weet nie kan iemand my dalk sê

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