How Vermeulen outfoxed Pollard
Cape Town - Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen has revealed what went through his mind shortly before he crucially charged down a drop goal attempt from Bulls flyhalf Handre Pollard in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands last Saturday.
Vermeulen saved the day for his side when he charged down a 79th minute drop attempt from Pollard as the Stormers held on for a narrow 15-13 win.
A careful watch of the replay shows that Pollard’s attempt was on target and would have won the game for the Bulls.
"I saw the scrumhalf (Piet van Zyl) communicate with Handre. Handre indicated to him 'not now, not now'. Then, when Handre positioned himself, I realised it was their last chance so I charged him," Vermeulen told Netwerk24.
Coach Allister Coetzee also lauded his skipper for remaining calm under pressure.
"Duane could easily have been caught off-side and conceded a penalty, but he was aware of what was going on," said Coetzee.
With their win, the Stormers surged to the top of the South African Conference. They have 30 points with seven wins from 10 games, while the Bulls are narrowly behind them on 29 points, with six wins and four losses.