S15 title inches nearer SA!

2012-07-27 13:49

Cape Town – They say you should always be terribly wary of a “one hand on the trophy” mindset when all that genuinely matters is placing a firm pair on it.

But with the Crusaders -- and all their proud Super Rugby finals pedigree -- now a little unexpectedly taken out of the equation for next weekend’s showpiece, many South Africans will be feeling more and more bullish about the prospect of the title returning to our shores after a year’s absence in 2011.

Friday’s stirring and richly deserved 20-17 triumph by the Chiefs in their semi-final derby with the once-mighty Cantabrians at Waikato Stadium means the tournament will have a first-time winner next weekend, regardless of whether it is the Chiefs or the winners of Saturday’s cracking all-SA semi featuring the Stormers and Sharks at Newlands.

All three boast previous experience of finals, but have never managed to go all the way to glory.

Certainly the motivation for both of the remaining South African combatants will have cranked up a crucial notch with the news that Richie McCaw and company have been elbowed out of the picture.

Deep down, everyone in these parts knows that the Crusaders almost without fail prove a bridge too far for South African opposition in Christchurch ... which would have been very little comfort for the already jet-lagged Sharks should they have found themselves paired against them in the final.

And even if they had cracked an amazing 11th berth in a showpiece (they’ve won it an unrivalled seven times) and had to travel to Newlands for the last hurdle, the ‘Saders would have done so knowing that they easily saw off the Stormers 29-10 in a semi-final there last season.

With the greatest of respect to the Chiefs team who “pitched up” so inspiringly and robustly on Friday, they have a knockout-phase heritage altogether more flimsy than that of the Crusaders, which will add fuel to the drive by either of the Stormers or Sharks to maiden silverware success.

Their only prior taste of a final was on South African turf, and they took a record 61-17 pummelling from the Bulls of Victor Matfield’s heyday in 2009 at Loftus – also coming immediately off a home semi, which had seen them down the Hurricanes 14-10.

So if they find themselves travelling to Cape Town, expect the Stormers to rapidly be installed as pretty solid favourites.

“That would be nice,” victorious Chiefs skipper Craig Clarke duly replied, with commendable honesty, when asked after Friday’s win whether his troops would be urging on the Sharks on Saturday, given the guarantee it would provide of a Hamilton final instead.

Still, another truth is that a potentially victorious Sharks team at Newlands would far more greatly fancy their chances of knocking over the Chiefs in New Zealand than they would the Crusaders.

The way the “Mooloo Men” put their bodies on the line on Friday will have some critics, perhaps even in New Zealand, just suspecting that this virtually was their final, given the massive effort they put into it both physically and mentally.

Can they sustain such commitment for one last time, whether in Hamilton or Cape Town, or must they only slip to at least some degree off a mini-peak?

Naturally both coaches for Saturday’s mouth-watering tussle, Allister Coetzee of the Stormers and the Sharks’ John Plumtree, are sure to urge their charges not to put any carts before horses, as this semi also looms as a humdinger -- with pundits notably divided on it.

For interest’s sake, these are the results of the last four Super Rugby meetings each between the already-known 2012 finalists, and the Stormers and Sharks:

Stormers v Chiefs (home team listed first):

2012: Not drawn against each other in ordinary season
2011: Chiefs 30 Stormers 23
2010: Chiefs 15 Stormers 49
2009: Stormers 14 Chiefs 28
2008: Chiefs 26 Stormers 35

Sharks v Chiefs:
2012: Sharks 12 Chiefs 18
2011: Chiefs 15 Sharks 9
2010: Sharks 18 Chiefs 19
2009: Chiefs 15 Sharks 22
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  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 13:56

    First Tommy!!!!!!!!!! Gaan n groot game wees, hoop maar net wie okal wen, klap die Chiefs!!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 14:31

      Jys 10 teen 1 n Suurgat ou man, wat as tiener gedink het jy kan vir die Blou Bulle speel, toe se hulle vir jou gaan try ma eerder balet, nous jy suurgat. Is dit lekker in jou huis daar in boksburg. Kapenaar my hol man. Jy gaan die game seker op RSG luister want jyt nie geld vir DSTV nie. Gaan was nou maar eers weer karre, voor jou baas sien jy speel op sy comper!!!

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-07-27 15:50

      Inches nearer and further away from the Stormers.... Sharks by 5...

      hans.himmler.7 - 2012-07-27 16:17

      Gonna be a close one. Chaplin, like your attitude! Isak, good luck! Plum and the Boys, CREATE HAVOC! BLACK . WHITE . DYNAMITE

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:07

      I am defo a celeb here. So prized us the achievement of beating me to post first. Dave u beat me here while I was beating my personal best at the bench press, then I bench pressed your mom and took her out for jagerbombs so no time today bud

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 17:24

      @ Tom. Yea Celeb you are Celebrale brein kanker!!! Why would you press your bench??? What a stupid thing to say, by the way, who is the lad in your profile pic holding that ugly Kangaroo?

  • dhirshan.gobind - 2012-07-27 13:56

    stormers chiefs final at newlands will be much easier for sa than a sharks away final.

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 15:23

      gaan k!@&^%$ Isak!!!!!!!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:07

      What did u say about curry?

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 17:25

      Isak jou ma roep!!!

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-27 23:13

      Good luck Sharks !! If the Stormers had to make it to the final at Newlands , wonder how many of those ``kamstige`` so called ``Stormers supporters`` will shout for the Chiefs !! Would be very interesting ?? Is it true that one only pays half price at Newlands if your two front teeth are missing ?? LOL !

  • orrinf8 - 2012-07-27 13:59

    this is THE MIGHTY STORMERS year, and it all happens at FORTRESS NEWLANDS this week, and next .. HERE WE GO STORMERS, HERE WE GO !!!

      orrinf8 - 2012-07-27 14:30

      apparently there's a ballerina show (with PINK tutu's) at Moftus over the next 5 years :)

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-29 15:21

      Bahahahahahahahahahahahaha!! Loud mouths !!!

  • gert.malan.54 - 2012-07-27 14:02

    Whoever wins tomorrow wont have to play the 'Saders next week, just the team that managed to beat them today. Now that's reassuring.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:08

      Bring on the sjamboks and rubber bullets

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-27 23:14

      @ Isak , you are still going to cry big crocodile tears !!

  • maakdiebulle.almalbokke - 2012-07-27 14:07

    It's going to be a humdinger, im proud of both teams,may the best team win !

      jonathan.snyman.3 - 2012-07-27 14:10


      eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-07-27 14:23

      Amper val ek van my stoel af!!!!! Nie gedink jy het dit in jou nie maakdiebulle. . . . . Dankie vir die positiewe comment!! Stormer groete uit Pretoria!!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:08

      Maakdiebulle who hacked your account? Brown noser

      sean.lambie.3 - 2012-07-27 23:17

      @maakdiebulle.almalbokke - Nope , I don`t agree with you ! Hope the Stormers get f@cked !! If the Stormers palyers play for the bokke , yes I support them ! Unlike these arrogant Stormers p@icks that wanted the bokke to lose because there were not enough Stormers in the bok squad !! Pathetic !!

  • dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 14:10

    @Isak Jys 10 teen 1 n Suurgat ou man, wat as tiener gedink het jy kan vir die Blou Bulle speel, toe se hulle vir jou gaan try ma eerder balet, nous jy suurgat. Is dit lekker in jou huis daar in boksburg. Kapenaar my hol man. Jy gaan die game seker op RSG luister want jyt nie geld vir DSTV nie. Gaan was nou maar eers weer karre, voor jou baas sien jy speel op sy comper!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-27 14:15


      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 14:32

      Tannie stienie van die stinky bordeel?

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 15:25

      Shame ou nou gaan jy nie eers bietjie stink vis kry by tannie stienie om jou te laat beter voel as die stormpies n bloedneus kry nie!!

      dave.short.102 - 2012-07-27 17:27

      Nee man waar kry jy jou info, dis net as Morne mis skop, as ons verloor, mmmm dis n ander saak. Jou ma jou gekry???

  • lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-27 14:22

    Good luck to both teams tomorrow Stormers Grte

      cape.maori - 2012-07-27 14:25

      As long the Sharks do not concede penalties in the stormers 22!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:09

      Cape Maori please cc the sharks in in the Internet memo

  • eugene.vandermerwe - 2012-07-27 14:27

    As jy voel die lewe is n gejaag en jy soek net bietjie stilte en jy wil net bietjie alleen wees ...... kan jy more Loftus toe gaan..... daar gaan niemand wees nie!!!

      cape.maori - 2012-07-27 14:29


      lionel.kemm.9 - 2012-07-27 14:32


      blou.johnny - 2012-07-27 21:50 Super-cups... .zero Currie-cups.... .....niks.. ..siltch... nothing... ...nokol....

      heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-28 06:06

      Daar gaan meer aan op n lee loftus as op n stampvol newlands met hul ballet dansers en chokers tag op die groot stage

  • henrymatthews4 - 2012-07-27 15:46

    Waar is al die blou bul supporters wat op die site was die afgelope 2maande en ons wou oortuig hulle is die enigste mense wat rugby ken en kan speel???????? Ek het gehoor hulle kom almal more op moftus bymekaar om hulle nuwe song van die bulle te oefen en sing!!!!!! Pienkes kan ons nie maar vergeet en vergewe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pienkes ons kan nie sonder jul verder lewe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Kyk hoe lyk ons nou!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-27 21:43

      ... Bulls Super-cups x3... ...Stormers Super-losers x11...

  • john.maree.90 - 2012-07-27 15:49

    Die naweek hou die Stormers van hul vleis so bietjie swart gebrand want ons het klaar die pienk vleis gehaad en dit was lekker.

  • john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 15:53

    yes sure, the chiefs effectively beat the crusaders 3 times this year but somehow the fact that the stronger team won is a good sign for SA teams ? "So if they find themselves travelling to Cape Town, expect the Stormers to rapidly be installed as pretty solid favourites." .. I don't think so .. not if you watched the zztomerzzz play. ..Stormers24 indeed

      shane.hayne.92 - 2012-07-27 19:22

      Only one problem they won t be coming to Cape town because then they would miss there match in Hamilton against the Sharks!!!!! Sharks are so gonna whip the out of form Stormers who a few weeks ago battle to just beat the Rebels

  • peter.britz1 - 2012-07-27 15:59

    That is just a daft assessment. The Chiefs are a dangerous side, and they will absolutely monster the fragile Stormers pack. The Stormers don't have the firepower to trouble the Chiefs side.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 17:27

      spot on Peter ... rule of thumb .. bet opposite to what Stomers24's "writers" predict. Chiefs can travel twice around the world and get off the plane 2 hrs before the game and still beat the zzztomerzzz at home .

  • jp.duplooy.14 - 2012-07-27 16:10

    I'm proud to be a South African! Our sportsmen make us proud! Rugby, cricket, golf, etc. We are doing excellent throughout our sport! Now let's round all of that up tomorrow! We are in a great place! Let's do it! Good luck stormers and sharks! Stormers for life!

  • jacobus.rautenbach - 2012-07-27 16:58

    gogogogogogoogogo stormersssssssssssssssssssssssss gogogoogogo, winnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnn the cuppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 17:11

      U know all about gogos bud and the isaan region

      blou.johnny - 2012-07-27 21:38

      ...Sharks 26 - 15 Papsakke...

  • Xolani Gazu - 2012-07-27 18:34

    most people were shocked by da Saders exit, they seem to forget that saders win against chiefs a few weeks ago was not an easy one at all. Im a Sharks fan and i biliv we can do da almost impossible by winning da S15 title but da Chiefs are da favourite whether they will play da final @ home or away next week. Stormers dont a have a chance at all. only da Sharks can beat da Chiefs next week.

      john.edwards.733450 - 2012-07-27 19:06

      i believe you're correct Xolani

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-27 19:39

      i also biliv u r right. da shucks r da only ones who can beat da chiefs fo sho.

  • mili.merwe - 2012-07-28 06:35

    It's all going to come down to whether Plumtree has an answer for the Stormers' notorious 65min resurgence phenomena.

  • Richard Gouws - 2012-07-28 11:16

    And after all this blah blah!Nobodies reading between the lines,the stormers have a better change to the cup because of jetleg!!O MY O!!!STEP AWAY!!!AND HERE COMES MATCH FIXING!!lmklaaaaa

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-28 14:13

      Richard as a bulls supporter I forgive u this time but here's ur Internet memo, jet lag

  • theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-28 14:07

    After today,and with the exception of the Chiefs to be smashed in their own backyard by the Sharks on next weekend,all the other super rugby fans will be sub-ordinate to the Shark fans untill next years super rugby season and final.Meaning that all the other looser fans will have to show some respect,and that everything that Shark fans say go.Stormer fans can in the meantime have their last say on this blog without speaking to much noncence.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-28 14:14

      All Until Loser Nonsense

      theunis.botha.96 - 2012-07-28 14:23

      Kennis is geneem meneer,maar is hierdie eng nasienning nie omdat meneer nou vir n hele jaar vir my sal moet se "meneer"

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-28 18:10


  • heinrich.vanjaarsveld.52 - 2012-07-28 18:56

    Told u so bye bye chokers haha fantastic sharks

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-07-28 18:58

    Sharks forever!

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