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MAN OF THE MATCH
Frans Malherbe is the man of the match.
Back to 2012 for Stormers ... eke it out grimly. They'll say a win is a win. Ran out of ideas, but just deserved it on balance of things.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 25, 2015
Back to 2012 for Stormers ... eke it out grimly. They'll say a win is a win. Ran out of ideas, but just deserved it on balance of things.
Such a burgle.— Sean Wilson (@SimplySean_) April 25, 2015
Such a burgle.
Proper game of rugby that ...— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 25, 2015
Proper game of rugby that ...
FULL TIME AT NEWLANDS
Stormers 15 Bulls 10
Storm will do well to hang on here ... Making some crucial errors ... Bulls looking assured and classy— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 25, 2015
Storm will do well to hang on here ... Making some crucial errors ... Bulls looking assured and classy
59' - Basson breaks free down the left hand touchline but Etzebeth just manages to haul him in.
Stormers pack must wonder why their side is only two points to the good near the hour mark..— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) April 25, 2015
Stormers pack must wonder why their side is only two points to the good near the hour mark..
54' - PENALTY to the Bulls! The young Springbok flyhalf makes no mistake with a difficult attempt from the left hand touchline.
Stormers 15 Bulls 13
46' - PENALTY to the Stormers! Catrakilis extends the home sides lead to four points.
42' - TRY to the Bulls! Groom lost control of the ball and the Bulls launched a stunning counter attack through Hougaard. The ball got out to Basson on the left wing and no one could stop him. Pollard converts.
Stormers 12 Bulls 10
HT: Stormers 12-3 Bulls ... Been a great game to watch. Bulls scrum feel the wrath of the ref's whistle— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) April 25, 2015
HT: Stormers 12-3 Bulls ... Been a great game to watch. Bulls scrum feel the wrath of the ref's whistle
HALF TIME AT NEWLANDS
Stormers 12 Bulls 3
40' - PENALTY to the Stormers! Catrakilis extends the Stormers lead on half-time.
25' - PENALTY to the Bulls! The visitors are on the board as Pollard makes no mistake with his attempt at goal.
Stormers 9 Bulls 3
19' - PENALTY to the Stormers! No problem for Catrakilis as he slots the penalty.
Stormers 9 Bulls 0
From a scrum on the Bulls' five-metre line, the Bulls win a turnover and try to attack from behind their own tryline! After setting up a couple of phases the ball comes out to the backs and Kriel delivers kick ahead which Kolbe gathers before booting the ball into touch. That's the final act of the half and the Stormers have hung on for a nail-biting win! It could have gone either way but in the end the Bulls failed to capitalise on their dominance in the latter part of this game. This result means the hosts have stretched their unbeaten run to three games and they move above the Bulls at the top of the SA Conference.
The Bulls set up several phases with their forwards, close to the Stormers' 22 and Pollard drops into the pocket and tries to land a drop goal! His effort is charged down by Vermeulen, who gathers the loose ball before kicking ahead!
The Bulls win a line-out on the Stormers' throw-in and attack out wide with their backs. The is shifted to Basson but he makes little headway as Huw Jones stops him in his tracks with a big hit.
The Stormers put huge pressure on the Bulls at a scrum on the halfway line and Marcel van Der Merwe capitulates under the pressure. He is penalised for his indiscretion and Kurt Coleman kicks for touch but the ball isn't out as Kriel calls for a mark inside his 22.
LOuis Schreuder launches an up-and-under which Hougaard gathers close to the halfway line. He tries to attack but is bundled into touch by Kolisi and Scarra Ntubeni.
Pollard throws a long pass to JJ Engelbrecht who puts Kriel in the clear down the left-hand touchline inside the hosts' 22. He's ushered into touch and offloads but the ball goes forward in the process.
Kolbe calls a mark and plays quickly! He sets off on a run before kicking upfield. Kriel falls back and gathers the ball inside his 22 before putting the ball out close to the halfway line.
The Bulls get a free kick after the Stormers are pinged for a scrum infringement and Pollard attacks the gainline but is stopped in his tracks by Kolisi.
Pollard gets a chance to put thevisitors in front for the first time after Vincent Koch is pinged for a ruck infringement. The kick is from about 45 metres out but although it has the distance it's off target.
Kolbe gathers a pass from Groom outside his 22. He spots a gap behind the Bulls'' backline and launches a kick which goes directly into touch! Advantage Bulls.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 15-13. Pollard narrows the gap to two points again after Steven Kitshoff is penalised for offside play on defence.
The Bulls take the ball through the phases close to the Stormers 10-metre line but are met by a wall of blue and white-hooped defenders.
Pollard throws a long pass to Jesse Kriel who gets man and ball as De Jongh puts him on his backside with a huge tackle!
The Stormers pack annihilate their counterparts at a scrum close to the hosts' 22-metre line. Catrakilis puts the resulting penalty out on the Bulls' 10-metre line.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 15-10. Catrakilis adds another thre-pointer from the kicking tee after Hattingh is penalised for straying offside on defence.
CONVERSION, BULLS, POLLARD. 12-10. Pollards adds the extras to narrow the gap to two points!
TRY, BULLS, BASSON! 12-8. The Bulls win a turnover inside their 22 and Francois Hougaard launches acounter-attack! He puts Basson into space and he outpaces the cover defence before crossing over for the game's opening try!
Catrakils gets the second half underway! His kick is a high, hanging one which Flip van der Merwe gathers before going to ground after a tackle from Siya Kolisi.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 12-3. Catrakilis kicks his fourth penalty of the night after Greyling is penalised for another infringement at a scrum. The half-time hooter goes shortly afterwards and the players head into the sheds. The Stormers hold a deserved lead as they've been dominant in most facets of play. The Bulls have really struggled in the scrums and have been made to pay for it while their key playmaker Pollard has seen very little of the ball.
Bongi Mbonambi can't find Etzebeth at a line-out, close to the Bulls' 22, and Stegmann pounces on the loose ball. He offloads to Piet van Zyl who knocks on.
Etzebeth takes the ball into contact and drives through the tackles of Greyling and Marcel van de Merwe and gains plenty of ground for his side in the process!
The Stormers try to attack out wide but make little headway as Vermeulen knocks on a pass from Burger close to the halfway line.
The Bulls take the ball through several phases with their forwards until Piet van Zyl throws a long pass to Basson who is in the clear. He is eventually brought to ground by a great tackle from Cheslin Kolbe.
De Allende sets off on a bullocking run and takes on three defenders! He throws a speculative pass but Bjorn Basson intercepts! He is hauled in by De Jongh who spares De Allende's blushes.
PENALTY, BULLS, POLLARD. 9-3. Pollard gets the visitors on to the scoreboard with a well-struck penalty after Steven Kitshoff is blown up for illegal scrummaging.
There's a break in play as Vermeulen gets attention from the Stormers' medical staff. It's a knock to his shoulder but he's up on his feet after getting some treatment.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 9-0. Catrakilis makes it three out of three from the kicking tee after Stegmann is once again penalised for a ruck infringement.
Now the Stormers front row are pinged for illegal scrummaging inside the visitors' 22. Pollard doesn't find touch and Johnny Kotze gathers before launching a counter attack!
The homeside are camped inside the visitors' 22 and Catrakilis throws a poor inside pass to Steven Kitshoff who knocks on.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 6-0. Catrakilis doubles the homeside's lead after Greyling is pinged again for illegal scrummaging.
It's all Stormers at the moment! They're on the attack inside the Bulls' 22 and Schalk Burger offloads to Vermeulen who gets smashed by a big hit from Pierre Spies and knocks on in the process!
Deon Stegmann is pinged for not rolling away after a tackle on Etzebeth and Catrakilis puts the resulting penalty out on the visitors' 22-metre line.
The Stormers are taking the ball through several phases inside their half and Damian de Allende, Duane Vermeulen, Juan de Jongh and Eben Etzebeth are all prominent with ball in hand.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 3-0. Catrakilis gets the game's opening points, from the kicking tee after Grant Hattingh fails to roll away at a ruck.
Dean Greyling is pinged for illegal scrummaging. Demetri Catrakilis puts the ball out on the Bulls' 22-metre line.
And we're off! Handre Pollard gets us underway with a hanging kick which Ruan Botha gathers just outside his 22 where he sets up a maul.
Good day and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby match between two heavyweights of the South African game, the Stormers and the Bulls from a sold out Newlands Stadium in Cape Town. We'lle return shortly with team news.
Springbok number eight Duane Vermeulen returns to lead the Stormers in this crucial North-South derby. Stormers coach Allistair Coetzee has made four changes in all to his starting XV, two of which were injury enforced. Johnny Kotze and Pat Howard replace the injured wing duo of Kobus van Wyk (knee) and Dillyn Leyds (shoulder), respectively. Howard will make his Super Rugby debut, with Kotze set to win his sixth cap.Nizaam Carr moves to the bench to make way for Vermeulen?s expected return to action, whilst the fourth and final change sees Nic Groom take over at scrum-half from Louis Schreuder, who, like Carr, reverts to the bench.
The Bulls have been forced into a late change shortly before kick-off. Springbok midfielder Jan Serfontein was forced to withdraw through injury and Burger Odendaal replaces him in the starting XV. Springbok scrum-half Piet van Zyl will wear the Bulls number nine jersey in place of Rudy Paige who is injured. The rest of the matchday squad is the same that beat the Sharks in Durban last weekend, except for Akona Ndungane, who will take Van Zyl?s spot on the bench.
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