Stormers pip tough Hurricanes

2012-02-25 19:10

Cape Town - The Stormers scored a 39-26 win over Wellington Hurricanes in a Super 15 match at Newlands Saturday - but suffered what could prove a major blow when captain Schalk Burger was injured early on.

Springbok flank Burger, touted to take over the South African Test captaincy from the retired John Smit, twisted his left knee awkwardly in a tackle in the 14th minute and left the field on a stretcher.

He was immediately taken to hospital for a scan.

The Stormers charged into a 23-9 lead after 35 minutes with the New Zealand visitors reduced to 13 men after props Tristan Moran and Ben May had been given yellow cards. Wing Gio Aplon and Siya Kolisi, who replaced Burger, scored tries.

But the Hurricanes came back into the game after the first-half hooter when centre Tim Bateman scored a converted try.

Despite conceding the bulk of possession, the Hurricanes drew level seven minutes after half-time when Barrett intercepted a floated pass from stand-in Stormers captain Jean de Villiers and ran 50 metres to score a try he converted.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee blamed a "lack of concentration" for his team losing their grip.

The home team went ahead with two penalties but the Hurricanes had a chance to take the lead when replacement hooker Motu Matu'u lost the ball in crossing the line near the posts in the 61st minute.

Poor discipline and the whistle of referee Marius Jonker hurt the Hurricanes.

A third prop, replacement Jeff Toomaga-Allen, was yellow-carded late in the game for collapsing a Stormers driving maul that resulted in a penalty try.

Stormers fullback Joe Pietersen punished the New Zealanders with five penalty goals and missed two other attempts.

Jonker also issued a white card when an unidentified Hurricanes player tripped Stormers centre Bryan Habana. The match commissioner will review a recording of the match and could issue a retrospective yellow card.

Barrett scored 21 of his team's points with a try, two conversions and four penalties.

The Stormers made a host of errors in their opening game of the season, but always looked the team more likely to score against a Hurricanes outfit which lost several key players during the off-season.

Tall Stormers lock Andries Bekker, who missed the 2011 Rugby World Cup because of injury, was prominent at the lineouts and in several driving mauls that won the home team large slices of territory.


Tries - Gio Aplon, Siya Kolisi, penalty try
Conversions - Joe Pietersen (3)
Penalties - Pietersen (5)
Drop goal - Gary van Aswegen


Tries - Tim Bateman, Beauden Barrett
Conversions - Barrett (2)
Penalties - Barrett (4)


  • Jaco - 2012-02-25 19:13

    Stormers, unfortuanitely you won't have Marius Jonker for every game.

      gideon.prinsloo - 2012-02-25 19:28

      Um Jaco, I'm a Bull supporter, but the Stormers deserve the victory and the Hurricanes deserve the defeat, for they have played very negative.

      Pierre - 2012-02-26 02:55

      @ Noudieblou - probeer om jou te gedra as jy hier commentaar lewer.

      Jason - 2012-02-26 09:27

      Im seeing a lot of BB supporters making a lot of noise about penalties and penalty tries. But not one of you have given any reason why they shouldn't have been penalties and yellow cards. You just shout and make a lot of noise but never really say anything about rugby. The ref was too quick on the whistle and we were denied a try because if it, he still apologized for it. The Hurricanes were blown consistently for bringing down the Stormers maul which was all over them. so by the time the Hurricanes player threw himself in front of the Stormers legs right on the try line, they were on a team warning for repeat offenses. Marius had no choice but to award the penalty try. Justice in my books after us not getting the advantage in a previous try. The Hurricanes had no answer for our maul and they got pinged for it.

      joneethling - 2012-02-26 17:04

      Marius Jonker nailed the Canes for playing negative rubbish. Pitty he doesn't also ref that way against the Bulls who play a simmilar brand.

      Bootman - 2012-02-26 19:05

      Jo, you have no idea what you are talking about.

      Paul - 2012-02-27 00:42

      Have to agree with you, Jaco. As a Lions fan I fear Marius Jonker more than SBW and McCaw. Seriously. In my opinion he's potentially more damaging than Bryce Lawrence. And I'm not detracting from the Stormers good victory at all.

  • Rye - 2012-02-25 19:14

    Well done Stormers, but I think we need to stop complaining about Bryce after that performance by Marius Jonker.

      ckrohne1 - 2012-02-25 20:41

      the magnitude of a Super rugby game and a World cup game are two total different things. I WILL NOT GET OFF THE BACK OF BRYCE

  • Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-25 19:22

    wat 'n game! die stormers gaan die pienk bulle uitmekaar uit skeur.

      gideon.prinsloo - 2012-02-25 19:31

      As die varkies eendag vlieg. Die Bulle wag vir die Stormers en is gewoont al daaran om teen die ref te speel en nogsteeds te wen

      Francois - 2012-02-25 22:28

      Gideon, gelukkig het die "ref" wat jou Afrikaans gemerk het, vir jou geblaas.

      Sean - 2012-02-26 02:54

      @ Tertius Coetzer - Miskien as Jonker ref gaan wees !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Skhona Skratchy-l Luswazi - 2012-02-25 19:32

    What a dismal start for stormers they need to improve agently otherwise they will get a serious hiding

  • George - 2012-02-25 20:34

    I think Marius Jonker is the man of the match. He made all the diffrence sorry watching Cheetahs and Lions now and sad to say Jonker is our plonker alias bryce

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-25 22:01

      Interesting view you both have. Bryce was a disgrace because he allowed the laws to be broken. And now Jonker is a disgrace because he didn't allow the laws to be broken. Please explain the logic in your statements.

      Chris - 2012-02-26 14:53

      @Alex: Nobody (especially Noudieblou) wil respond on your comment because he and think alikes are to dumb to try and comprehend the truth and reality in that. Very wise words indeed!

  • Theprodigy - 2012-02-25 20:39

    we were lucky, we had a SA ref & not some biased twat from Wellington.

  • Lloyd Lucas - 2012-02-25 20:49

    Kolisi and Etsebeth...'Nuff sed!

      Marius - 2012-02-26 19:54

      buddy. you should just hope no one else picked up on the hand bags Estebeth was throwing just before the stormers were given a try on a silver platter by a seriously blind ref. his actions there should have resulted in a penalty to the canes......

  • Bootman - 2012-02-25 21:18

    Win for the Stormers but hell we need to improve. Jean must go. Van Aswegen is not up to Super Rugby Standard. Habana will do better at inside centre with Juan on his outside. The young guns, Estebeth and Kolisi showed lots of heart. Kolisi filled massive boots when he came on and he did it with aplomb.

      Stormers Fanbase Full - 2012-02-25 23:01

      Bootman, I see your comment now, but unfortunatly I also read your other comments regularly. You are a piss poor example of a supportsr and I urge you to please find another team to support. You are am embarresment and I feel sick to my stomach just knowing you have a Stormers logo as your profile pic.

      Bootman - 2012-02-25 23:21

      SFF you are a moron. I support the Stormers but I dont support them blindly. When they play badly I will be the first to admit it. Were you at the game? I was.........and the reality is that they were no where near what I know they are capable of. In your dream world they were fantastic. It's idiots like you who give the Bulls supporters ammo for their anti Stormers campaign. If you had half a brain you would know that the comments made under the name "Bootman" over the last two weeks were not made by me, but someone who has copied my profile. In closing, I would just like to add........go f..k yourself.

      Robsschele - 2012-02-27 12:11

      What I don't like about the way the Stormers play is that they receive the ball while standing, then go forward and when tackled they go down and defend the ball as if they are using up time. Like the Bulls did that last 2 min against the Sharks. Why can't they try to break through the line or do an up-and-under. That will put more pressure on their opponents. Again look what the Bulls did with the Sharks. But be careful of being in front of the kicker. Some refs will blow you up for it.

      Stormers - 2012-02-27 18:53

      Are'nt you the intelectual powerhouse? Dont have any constructive argument apart from the "I'm too dimwitted to protect my login details", so you rather swear and cuss. Stunning! No for referring to me as the moron, lets evaluate your statement that "they are nowhere near what I know they are capable of". It was the first game of the season, did you watch some of the other "super teams" in action? You do realise that it takes time to get the systems going in a proper match ( not experimental sides ) setup and that the Canes were playing some of the most negative rugby I've seen in a while? I understand that in your glass is half empty world, it makes sense to try and impress Bulls supporters by being seen as over critical on your own team, but that kite doesnt fly with me. And if you expect me to congratulate you on attending the match, you are sorely mistaken. Are there aspects they need to work on before this weekend? Yes, do we need to drop JdV in the process, in your dreams, or is there a political reason for your brilliant idea to drop a respected centre in world rugby for a winger to replace him? Are you serious? Stick to commenting on these articles Bootman, here at least you're in your element.

  • vanrooyen.gustav - 2012-02-25 22:13

    Marius Jonker was fantastic...

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-25 23:16

      By presenting it to the Stormers on a plate What a joke!

  • vanrooyen.gustav - 2012-02-25 22:14

    Marius Jonker was fantastic...

      Alex Heath - 2012-02-25 22:19

      Have to agree....he didn't let them cheat. Tough call for the hurricanes with the knock on the try line..

  • Corey - 2012-02-26 04:45

    Beauden Barrett looks very dangerous.

  • Claude - 2012-02-26 05:59

    How about the at least two dangerous high tackles the Hurricanes got away with and while the lost ball over the line was a very close call the pass that Motu Matu'u received was clearly forward and was missed by the referee and his assistants. The last gasp Joe Peterson non try was also a close call that could have gone either way. For those that are whingeing about the three yellow cards they either have no idea of Rugby Laws or they just perversely enjoy complaining.

  • Ockie - 2012-02-26 07:22

    The Stormers deserved to win although controversy marked this game, because the Hurricanes played negatively. None of our SA teams can be proud however after the first week of S15. It is still the 1st week ... hopefully things will improve. If not ... we won't even come close to the title.

  • Jock - 2012-02-26 09:29

    To all complaints about the ref: even the Kiwi and Aussie press appear content with the reffing. they report the Hurricanes displayed poor discipline. The reports I read had no problem with the yellow cards. Finally a ref who stands up to cynical Kiwi rugby.

  • jean.rossouwsa - 2012-02-26 09:41

    Hurricanes het swak gespeel en min luck gehad. Kan absoluut niks in hierdie wen sien nie. Wag tot volgende Sat teen die Sharks.

  • Andre Botes - 2012-02-26 10:17

    It is very dissapointing to see how unpatriotic south africans are. We have a team on top of the super 15 log and a NZ side was beaten. In NZ or australia they stand together. No wonder our cricket team and rugby side fair so poorly sometimes. Shame on you south africa!!!!!!!

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-26 10:22

      Do u really expect a Bulls fan to support stormA$$ just because they are South African? No they don't represent me but their fans, only Bulls and Springbok represent me.

      Andre Botes - 2012-02-26 11:31

      Yes your one of the unpatriotic ones. To full of yourself to realize that any side that wins the super 15 takes that winning momentum into the national squad. Gives you the edge when you play international rugby againt other international sides. Your also to dumb to realise that the same players that play in the stormers side or any other side are the same that play in the sprinbok side. Grow up and wake up and stop trying to play people from the same side against each other. Idiot!

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-26 12:50

      Andre calling me an idiot doesn't mean you are smart or your comment is smart. Fact is my team is bulls and I will never cheer for my direct rivals, it doesn't make sense. Must I cheer for stormA$$ because one of my favorite players Burger is playing for them or that they also play for my national team? So what happens when my team plays them?

      Andre Botes - 2012-02-26 13:36

      Lucky you are an idiot. The stormers did not play your team. They played a NEW ZEALAND team. If you are a true springbok supporter you would support South African teams before any other countries team. Its a bit difficult for you to understand as you are used to provoking a fight. It is in your nature to not think what has happened here. The bulls won a lot of games because of a ref and still anything in life goes like that. You get discisions that goes your way and you get descisions that does not go your way. It still does not mean that I would rather support another countries team just because I don't like the south african team. A true springbok supporter supports the springboks first and then his provincial side. The springboks consist of players from various sides in south africa. You are extremely narrow minded.

      Jimmy NZ - 2012-02-26 14:32

      This is Super Rugby and is a provincial and club competition. It's not SA vs NZ or the bloody criminals... My first team has always been the Crusaders and my second is the Bulls. It's Bulls vs their old enemy Province and will always be as such.... The ref was shocking as was BL in the world cup and should not be turned into something like you're suggesting (It's Ok as long as we beat the kiwi's) Why do you think the home derby's are so intense ??? Anyways Go the Bulls and Crusaders and stop crying already silly little weer probeer boys !!!

      Tertius Coetzer - 2012-02-26 14:33

      i understand what you mean lucky, i will support an international team above the bulls any day!

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-02-26 19:26

      Andre you are too emotional and I'm not going the insults route with you dude. I will never be behind stormA$$ even if they play a team from planet mars. We are talking super rugby here not WC, tri nations etc so don't talk non sense, stormA$$ don't even make half of 1st 15 springbok team. Bulls all the way. StormA$$ can go hang.

      Andre Botes - 2012-02-26 22:29

      Lucky is don't support the stormers. I support SA Rugby. I support the bulls but you people prevoke fights with people and make people hate the bulls because of you being narrow minded. You create a stigma that we are boneheads. Is it that difficult just to be humble. Point is and facts are facts although I don't like it the fact is that the stormers are on top and played better than we did. Its a south african team and its the same players that play for the springboks. Please stop making other people look bad.

  • Chris - 2012-02-26 14:27

    Kom ons maak dit duidelik: Hierdie ding genaamd 'Noudieblou' is 'n siek verskoning vir 'n mens. Die knapie sit met 'n helse opgekropte woede waarskynlik komende van sy kinderdae. 'n Sielkundige is al raad en daarom dink ek diesulkes moet bloot geignoreer word.

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-26 18:00

      What a comment daar Chrissie, die intelligensie straal uit jou uit. Voel jy nog bietjie g@t na gister? Jou stats onthou? Se maar wanneer jy reg is om vir dokter omverskoning te vra. Groete by die huis

  • Chris - 2012-02-26 14:39

    Wat betref die skeidsregter: Marius Plonker het uit al die wedstryde waarin die WP/Stormers gespeel het (en hy geblaas het) 'gesorg' dat die WP/Stormers tweede kom. Kom ons maak dit duidelik: Hier onder is hy saam met Craigie Joubert DIE skeidsregter wat ons die minste wil sien. Miskien...maar net miskien het hy self berou gekry oor sy geskiedenis hier in die Kaap (het ons ooit 2 keer met hom aan die stuur 'n wedstryd gewen?) en het hy besluit dit is tyd om so 'n ietsie (sy blapse van die verlede) terug te betaal. Met 'n man soos hy weet jy nooit! Probleem is net (soos die BBulle) is hy 'n mooiweersvriend en more kom hap hy jou weer aan die gat.

      Chris - 2012-02-26 18:39

      @Noudieblou: Laaste keer wat ek met 'n plank soos jy kommunikeer. Ek sal my eie raad hiervandaan volg en swaksinniges soos jy ignoreer. Jy is soos 'n keffievlieg wat om sy eie gat draai - die stink natuurlik erg.. Geniet jouself want obvious is hierdie blog jou enigste tydverdryf en bron van vermaak in jou 'sad' lewe. Ek bid vir jou dat jy erens vrede sal vind.

  • i.R.womble - 2012-02-26 18:29

    Can anyone please tell what happened in the curtain raiser between WP and Griquas yesterday

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-26 18:33

      If i have to guess WP lost. (again)

  • Jco - 2012-02-26 20:13

    Question: Was this a statement from Marius Jonker to get at Bryce Lawrence for what he did against the Springboks? Good on you Stormers for the win! I would like to see we beat the Hurricans with there full team on the park. That will make it a beating! STOMERS, good on you!

      Noudieblou - 2012-02-26 20:43

      @Jco Correct, Marius idiot Jonker totally killed the game for the Hurricanes. Any other ref and the Stormers would have lost by a big margin

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  • hvanderlinde - 2012-02-27 07:59

    Anybody that thinks Marius Jonker gave the Stormers the game obviosly don't know the laws

      Jason - 2012-02-27 08:06

      I agree, the refs have been told to be extra strict this season. total penalty counts for all games were pretty much equal. There are just some people that hate the Stormers blindly..............its kinda funny!

      aubrey.gloster - 2012-02-27 10:12

      Anybody that thinks Marius Jonker didn't give the Stormers the game obviously don't know the laws

      hvanderlinde - 2012-02-27 11:50

      Jason, haha yeah, like aubrey

  • tony.delucchi - 2012-02-27 13:13

    ....bulldozer, apt name, one needs a bulldozer to clear all the crap comments you make, especially about the Stormers.....why do you not limit your commentary to the Bulls and just leave the rest of the teams alone!

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