Stormers down Highlanders

2012-04-07 11:20

Dunedin - Fullback Joe Pietersen scored a brilliant individual try to help the table-topping Stormers maintain the only perfect record in Super Rugby with a 21-6 victory at the Highlanders on Saturday.

Pietersen's try and another from winger Gio Aplon in the first half at the new Otago Stadium in Dunedin proved enough to give the Stormers a sixth win in six matches on their first foray outside South Africa this year.

The Highlanders, who had lost just one match this season to stand second in the standings behind the Stormers, showed plenty of endeavour but were unable to breach the Stormers' blanket defence and scored only through two Chris Noakes penalties.

"It definitely wasn't easy," Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers said in a pitchside interview. "It was against a quality side and we were probably a bit lucky with some tries in the first half but we'll definitely take the win."

With two of the meanest defences in the competition on display, points should have been at a premium and the Highlanders will have been disappointed with the soft try they conceded in the 13th minute.

Centre De Villiers twice hacked at a loose ball after a turnover and Aplon won a footrace with the Highlanders cover defence to touch down.

There was nothing soft about Pietersen's effort 20 minutes later.

The 27-year-old started the move with a searing 25-metre break from inside his 22 and finished it with a perfectly executed chip-and-chase over the head of the last defender for a converted try that gave the Stormers a 15-3 lead.

Peter Grant, who alternated the kicking duties with Pietersen, scored the only points of the second half with two penalties and the white-shirted defenders held firm against wave after wave of Highlander attacks.

The visitors survived the loss of hooker Tiaan Liebenberg to the sin bin for 10 of the last 14 minutes and fittingly it was Pietersen's tackle that denied the Highlanders a consolation try just before the siren by forcing centre Tamati Ellison to brush the touchline with his boot.


Highlanders: 15 Ben Smith, 14 Kade Poki, 13 Tamati Ellison, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Hosea Gear, 10 Chris Noakes, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Nasi Manu, 7 Adam Thomson, 6 James Haskell, 5 Jarrad Hoeata, 4 Josh Bekhuis, 3 Chris King, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Jamie Mackintosh (captain)

Substitutes: 16 Jason Rutledge, 17 Ma'afu Fia, 18 Culum Retallick, 19 Doug Tietjens, 20 Jimmy Cowan, 21 Buxton Popoali'i, 22 Phil Burleigh.

15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean de Villiers (captain), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker, 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Brok Harris, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nick Koster, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever


  • andrew.esterhuysen - 2012-04-07 11:22

    You want a trophy? Who you gonna call? +2721 STORMERS

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:23

      But they don't have any.......real one's anyway.

      andrew.esterhuysen - 2012-04-07 11:27

      Hahaha Terence, there is a first time for everything bud, Bulls done it, they can't always do it so someone else needs a turn, lets hope this years it can be an SA team again.

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 11:34

      Terence - dis tipies agv die kommentaar hoekom ek hoop die Crusaders rol julle op Loftus. Sien jou daar met my rooi hemp.

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:39

      Saffies, dis n ou grappie gewees. Kyk bietjie ondertoe. My eerste comment was gelukwense gewees. Support wie jy like, ek het in elk geval die Highlanders support.

  • Terence - 2012-04-07 11:22

    Congrats Stromers, from a Bulls supporter.

      Riaan - 2012-04-07 11:34

      Thanks. Hopefully I can do the same for you later today.

      David - 2012-04-07 11:40

      It's good to see people support SA sides. Well done Stormers, should now be favourites to win the tournament

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:41

      Alicia, it's not a pleasure, ha ha. I detest the Stormers but they sure dserved their win today.

      Raymond - 2012-04-07 11:47

      @Terence ~ You are a horrible little man

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:48

      Thanks Raymond, I'll take that from whom it comes.

      Raymond - 2012-04-07 11:53

      @Terrence ~ Who else. Stupid comment.

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:57

      Never mind, buddy. Enjoy the rest of you day. Try not to hurt yourself with your fork.

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 15:07

      Ag tog Terence - hou op om na Jurie Els se musiek te luister, dit maak jou dom goed se.

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 18:55

      Met my laaste haredag. En jou foto, seker in jou jonger dae?

  • Saffies - 2012-04-07 11:24

    Wat meer kan mens se van die kampioenspan? fantastiese wen oorsee na lang vlug en in die "huis van pyn', Geluk my span. Dink die bulle kan hulle ego opsy sit en geluk se. Kom ons tel hoeveel suurg@tte blameer die ref alweer hieronder!!

      Skwertno1 - 2012-04-07 11:59

      The Stormers have beaten the Highlanders in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. at the new Otago Stadium in Dunedin "huis van pyn' dink nie so nie

      Tokolos - 2012-04-07 13:08

      Kampioenspan!!!!! Wahahahahahahahahahahaha. Hou eers die trofee vas boetie dan se jy weer so. Groete, TOKOLOS

      Tokolos - 2012-04-07 13:28

      Kampioene word gekroon aan die einde van die seisoen en nie deur die koerante in die hefte van 'n seisoen nie!!! Dismaar net Tokolos se beskeie mening. Groete, TOKOLOS.

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 15:00

      Ag ou Jaco, bulldozer, bloues, het jou nou einteindelik weer n profiel?

  • Skhona - 2012-04-07 11:24

    Sorry haters we are not like the sharks

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-07 11:26

      haha, no, Stormers don't choke every second weekend. Well played guys!

      Anele - 2012-04-07 11:29

      ouch @Charles that was a low blow. from a Sharks supporter

      David - 2012-04-07 11:41

      Be nice now :-)

  • Priester - 2012-04-07 11:25

    Congratulations papsakke! I did not see the game therefore no further comments. Nice to know an SA team won. Een vir jou ook Balsak! Blou Bul Groete!

  • Tertius - 2012-04-07 11:26

    well done boys! It doesn't look like anyone will be stopping you this year. And nobody can say anything about the ref today, he did no team any favours! Sharks greetings!

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:29

      Agree about the ref. The best refereeing performance of the season so far.

      David - 2012-04-07 11:34

      Pollocks by far NZ's best ref. He had a good game

      Bootman - 2012-04-07 11:49

      Pollock did miss a few things but I suppose no ref will ever get it 100% correct. The most notable thing for me was when Habana carried the ball back into his 22 and then kicked it straight into touch. There was also a few forward passes from the Highlanders.

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 15:08

      Cheers Tersie!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-07 16:05

      @Saffies "Cheers Tersie"? Really?

  • Jon - 2012-04-07 11:28

    Well done stormers ek hoop die bulletjies hou nou vir altyd hulle bek!!!!!

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:35

      Sodra julle meer Super trophies as ons gewen het.

      Simon - 2012-04-07 11:39

      32-23 Currie Cups, sterkte Terrance

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:43


      morneoosthuizen - 2012-04-07 12:01

      Exactly. Bulls supporters forget that WP were once unstoppable in the Currie Cup. Lets just drop all this "Comparing Trophies" Its a new season, with new players, new rules. Lets just enjoy the games. Seriously getting tired of this Bulls vs Stormers blasting. Just enjoy the rugby.

      RetiefC - 2012-04-07 12:02

      @Simon. The Bulls did not exist before World War II. During that period WP won the Currie cup 15 times and had two draws (total 17). After WW2 WP won the Currie cup 13 times and drew twice with the Bulls (15 and your total of 32). The Bulls won the Currie cup from 1946 until now 19 times and had 4 draws, twice with WP, once with Cheetahs and once with Transvaal. your 23). So actually the Curriecup count should be: Bulls 23 - WP 15.

      Priester - 2012-04-07 12:18

      Ampie that argument will never hold even though it is true, it does not suit the papsakke. Blou Bul Groete!

      Saffies - 2012-04-07 18:59

      Tokkie - we actually played agains Transvaal when the Pretoria clubs and Joburg clubs were combined (from 1889). Loftus Versfeld is actualy a guy from Transvaal. Hou op om jou naampie met n plank te slaan jong.

  • Bootman - 2012-04-07 11:30

    Well what do you say to that?..................except WELL DONE STORMERS!!!!! Before tonight nobody in Duneden has heard of Siya Kolisi, after tonight nobody will forget him, especially not Adam Thompson.

      Anele - 2012-04-07 11:33

      yeah true... Kolisi made the Highlanders his bit*hes

      Terence - 2012-04-07 11:35

      Congrats to you Bootman.

  • Jean - 2012-04-07 11:30

    and the rugby just keeps getting better... well done STORMERS!!!

  • RetiefC - 2012-04-07 11:31

    Die Stormers het vandag karakter gewys! Baie geluk aan die Stormers en hulle ondersteuners.

  • David - 2012-04-07 11:32

    Gee the stormers played well!! So much for the travelling excuses we often here for SA teams. Their defense was spot on. Highlanders were excellent at the breakdown but the Stormers just defended them back. I think we've found our conference winner

  • Riaan - 2012-04-07 11:33

    Well done Stormers!!! Kickin a$$!!! Lets hope the remaining SA teams can also make us proud. Winning the best NZ team in NZ is quite a achievement. We will however have to look at our discipline this weekend as we gave away too many penalties. Today is a good day :-). Ps. @ Isak Dis on eerste 4 punte op toer. Nice!

      Riaan - 2012-04-07 13:22

      @ Tokolos. Ha Ha. Crapbrain. Wow! You are a master at wordplay! Your wit is astounding! Please I want more! And also keep talking about yourself in the 3rd person. You truly crack me (and I am sure everybody else) up. I rate your genius at making clever jokes in the highest regard.

      Mthunzi - 2012-04-07 20:16

      What happened to bulldozer? I like ready the banter betwn the supporters of the sa srgames

  • Shoosh - 2012-04-07 11:33

    Fantastic win STORMERS, now maybe all the negative punters predicting that THE STORMERS will get a hiding after their so called 'bruising encounter' last week & being their 1st game on tour they will not win. Eat it, we are still unbeaten.

  • Simon - 2012-04-07 11:38

    Well played Stormers. 4 points deserved. Good luck to the other SA sides. Lets get 2 more wins!

  • dawiej - 2012-04-07 11:39

    I bet those fanatic pink fairy milk cows calling themselves bull supporters are choking on thier pom poms after they said no chance the stormers could win this one. WELL DONE STORMERS!!!!!!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 12:22

      I thought they were miss Piggy outfits.. color is the same

      Lance - 2012-04-07 13:50

      Good chirps dawie..but because they are playing NZ team today I will be supporting them..go Bulls ! (And I'm a STORMER)

  • Danie - 2012-04-07 11:45

    Hier is 'n paar manne wat eers weer more op die game sal kommentaar lewer soos laas naweek. Dankie Stomers great game. Sterkte aan die Bulle ek hoop julle doen die ding vanmiddag.

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-07 11:48

    Ok Stormers, time to kick in the turbocharger, get some bonus points and take the Cup!

  • Raymond - 2012-04-07 11:50

    The coach needs to have a discussion with Kitshoff (around the back of the building) about his off the ball activities. He is going to get carded/sited if he is not carefull. All his good play will amount to nothing is he gets caught.

  • Kevin - 2012-04-07 11:54

    The log is indeed a thing of beauty!

  • Paul - 2012-04-07 12:06

    .........Hi, I am new here and a Stormer supporter. there seems to be a hell of a hatred towards Stormers/Western Province rugby and supporters on the forum. Why is that?

      Terence - 2012-04-07 12:10

      I'm also new here and there seems to be a hell of a hatred towards Bulls rugby and supporters on the forum. Why do you think that is?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 12:24

      Paul the okes from the north are.. jealous cause they stormers are still the best supported outfit ever. We know our rugby, not like them who are blind followers and wont recognise and admit when their players are not up to it. And we are Stormers supporters for life!

      Terence - 2012-04-07 12:27

      Stormkaap, we are jealous of your success over the last 11 years.

      Riaan - 2012-04-07 12:34

      @ Paul. I think it would be fair to say that the Stormers\Bulls rivalry is the strongest between any of the South African franchises. And as such the arguments become heated and sometimes a bit out of control (as you will see if you visit this forum regularly). With the rivalry being as fierce as it is and with the supporters being a proud bunch neither will shy away if it is perceived that they have been wronged by any of the comments that are posted. For the most part (99%) the chirping is good natured and after all has been said and done the guys still wish each other good luck and congratulate each other if their team does well.

      MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-04-07 13:02

      Its the normal hatred towards rival teamz/supportaz Paul! But okes here take it a lil overboard in many instances. Atleast we should b supportin our teamz when playin against overseas opponents. As a fan of sound defence i jas lyk wht the Stomaz r doin at da moment

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 13:15

      Jaa terence..history is history. The history is the Stormers is still the best supported franchise. You may have won the S title 3 times and last year you okes imploded. You were lucky against the Sharks in the last minute and you were helped by the referee in 2010. the one victory against the chiefs was probably you best. Nevertheless, you won three titles and the fact is you imploded even with all the experience last year.

      David - 2012-04-07 13:59

      Can we please report this Tokolos troll???

  • Ockie - 2012-04-07 12:10

    Well done Stormers. It was good to see how you guys smothered a top NZ team.

  • Anneck - 2012-04-07 12:33

    Congrats to coach Alastair Coetzee and the Stormers! Keep it up! :-) Who cares if they're not scoring four tries! They're winning games and that's what matters. What made me proud is the Highlanders played at such a fast pace and the Stormers just kept tackling! And Joe Pietersen was phenomenal (Bok contender?), Peter Grant is long overdue a place in the Springbok team (better than Morne Steyn in my opinion), Habana is quiet at the moment but still the best in the world... Good captaincy from Jean... And Juan de Jongh and Gio Aplon are in a class of their own. Stormers all the way!

      Anneck - 2012-04-07 12:55

      David I am a Sharks fan myself. But love the Stormers style of attacking rugby at the moment...

      David - 2012-04-07 14:02

      Is it just me or have the Sharks and Stormers swopped playing styles?

  • Chris - 2012-04-07 12:35

    Absolutely outstanding, Stormers - I've never seen a better defensive display ...... there'll be some black and blue Highlanders tomorrow.

      Alan - 2012-04-07 13:13

      They'll be broken for the rest of the season, compliments of the real men: Kolisie, Etzebeth, groot Duane, Malherbe, Kitshof, lineout king Bekker, Liebenberg, Elsaaaaadt (klink soos Kaapstaaaad), JDV playing his best game in a long while, and the list goes on!

  • Thapelo - 2012-04-07 12:37

    brilliant performance from the stormers cant wait for bull's game

  • momoza.mjana - 2012-04-07 13:10

    Well done! Stormers am proud of u....

  • Riaan - 2012-04-07 13:10

    @ Tokolos. Saying idiocy is your constitutional right sure does say a lot about you. Your family must be so proud. Whats wrong with you?

      David - 2012-04-07 14:04

      Which river are these trolls crawling out of??

      Tokolos - 2012-04-07 14:06

      I love you too Crappie Hugs, TOKOLOS

      Tokolos - 2012-04-07 18:39

      What is a Troll David?

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-07 19:24

      Tokolos reminds me of a coffee table book with all the hillybilly types I once saw.

      David - 2012-04-07 22:01

      You are a troll Tokolos. Have nothing better to do than crawl along the net and post crap. You think you're funny but are actually annoying as hell. Think I'm going to stop feeding you, consider yourself ignored from now on

  • IAnon - 2012-04-07 13:26

    Great Game Boys - well done - success for the rest of the tournament ! Keeping the side unbeaten would be a huge accomplishment.

  • Leon - 2012-04-07 14:02

    Great win stormers please send us etsebeth and elstadt shark greetings

      David - 2012-04-07 14:06

      We could use some locks!!! They'd be welcome anytime

  • Pomene - 2012-04-07 14:05

    TOKOLOS = FAKE SAFFA = KANADOOS _ Nog n fake profile vir n aap met n eentonige kontants verbal diarree comments - altyd dieselfde - Klein brein sindroom poephol !!!! Well done Stormers - Go Bulls !!!

  • Jacques - 2012-04-07 14:21

    Bulle bo!

  • Lance - 2012-04-08 21:28

    have to say staying up after night shift to watch the game was worth it, well done to the Stormers they truely outplayed the Highlanders and even showed Jimmy Cowan respect when him came on to the field for he's 100 superugby cap have to say Eben and Rynhardt are amazing players nice try by Joe Pietersen too

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