Stormers end tour on a high

2012-04-28 13:26

Perth - Flyhalf Peter Grant scored the only second-half try in the 49th minute and kicked a shaky conversion to help give the Stormers a 17-3 win over the Force in a rain-drenched Super Rugby clash on Saturday.

The men from Cape Town led 7-3 at half-time before Grant's try and his subsequent conversion which clanged off the right goalpost into a successful two-pointer for the visitors.

It was the third win in four away matches for the Stormers, who have eight wins in nine matches ahead of next week's bye following their Australian and New Zealand road trip.

They have also regained top spot in the South African conference and moved into second spot on the overall log.

Centre Bryan Habana scored a controversial first-half try for the Stormers, converted by Grant, who also kicked a penalty for the winners.

Habana intercepted David Harvey's ambitious pass to score the opening try of the night in the 20th minute, running 60m before diving under the posts untouched.

But replays showed the ball slipped out of Habana's arms just inches short of the tryline, with the referees not close enough to see the mistake or ask for a video review.

As the match began, the Reds confirmed media reports that their Wallaby scrumhalf Will Genia had defected to the Force for next season.

"I believe Queensland Rugby made the best offer we could to retain Will's services in Queensland," Reds chief executive Jim Carmichael said in a statement. "However, the opportunity presented to head west was ultimately more appealing to Will."

Other media reported that Force captain and openside flanker David Pocock would turn down an approach from the Brumbies to remain in Perth.

Pocock said after the match that "nothing had been confirmed" about his or Genia's contracts.

He added about Saturday's match: "I don't think you can fault our effort, we came up against some good defence."

Lock Andries Bekker, who returned from injury to become the third captain in as many weeks for the Stormers, said his side adapted well to the slippery and wet conditions.

"I think we started off a bit slow," Bekker said. "We tried to throw the ball around a bit, but that didn't work in these conditions. So we relied on our defence."



Penalty: David Harvey.


Tries: Bryan Habana, Peter Grant

Conversions: Grant (2)

Penalty: Grant


15 Alfie Mafi, 14 Rory Sidey, 13 Nick Cummins, 12 Winston Stanley, 11 Napolioni Nalaga, 10 David Harvey, 9 Brett Sheehan, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 David Pocock (captain), 6 Matt Hodgson, 5 Nathan Sharpe, 4 Toby Lynn, 3 Salesi Ma'afu, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pek Cowan

Substitutes: 16 Elvis Taione, 17 Salesi Manu, 18 Phoenix Battye, 19 Richard Brown, 20 Josh Holmes, 21 Ben Seymour, 22 Samu Wara

15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gerhard van den Heever, 13. Bryan Habana, 12. Juan de Jongh, 11. Danie Poolman, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (captain), 4. De Kock Steenkamp, 3. Frans Malherbe, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Scarra Ntubeni, 17. Brok Harris, 18. Don Armand, 19. Deon Fourie, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. JP du Plessis


  • Blou-Daan - 2012-04-28 13:30

    Geluk Stormers. Om drie uit vier op toer te wen is n prestasie maar ek se nogsteeds die beker gaan op Loftus staan. PS- Bryan Habanna en CJ Stander het nou iets in gemeen, maar ons praat nie baie daaroor nie :-)

      Ian - 2012-04-28 13:43

      If you mean one of the better referees, then I agree.

      Schaun - 2012-04-28 13:58

      pls refresh all of us here, show us any match the stormers won where the ref did nt help them, the only match was against the crusaders,,.. funny how habana today gave thanks to above and know he lost the ball before the try line, since the ref first ask touch judge if it was good and he agrees, i guess the ref helped again,,,, anyways, a win for sa is good congrats stormers

      eric.viljoen - 2012-04-28 14:17

      Schaun. Difference is that Stormers would still have won if the try wasn't scored. They were the better team on the night.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-28 14:30

      Ag Jan jou idioot. Dit smaak my jy is ook een van die ape wat die Brumbies se tweede 3 gemis het. Geen cups in 11 jaar. Bul groete.

      Melt - 2012-04-28 14:50

      @Blou - Daan, Nou nie dat die Stormers hulself oortref het nie, maar nie te sleg as inagenome soveel beserings en nuwe kombinasies nie en in gietende reen nie. Geluk Stormers 3/4 is well done. Daan jou span moet nog toer maat, so baie sterkte met die besoek aan NZ en Aust ek hoop eerlik hulle doen goed en maak SA trots. Gte

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-28 15:18

      Maar dit is elke keer die ref se skuld. Bul groete.

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-04-28 20:06

      Nou het jy die hoof slagaar getref met jou Loftus comment. Vat dit van n Blou Bul supporter, hulle HAAAAAAT ons! Alles behalwe die Bulle is hulle motto! Ons bly mos maar akkies al wen ons wat ! Al wat jy nou gedoen het is om hulle die jaag na die papsakke!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 02:15

      @Jan Hoe lyk dit ou bees, het jy alweer die selfmoord ding oorweeg die laaste paar weke? Jy's mos maar 'n taamlike onstabiele mannetjie

  • faani.engelbrecht - 2012-04-28 13:31

    Heyneke Meyer, ek het 'n voorstel vir 'n kaptein en 'n slot - en hy het nog nie uitgetree nie. Go Bekker! Go Stormers!

      RetiefC - 2012-04-28 13:42

      Nee wat bring eerder vir Victor terug as kaptein. Ons het sy klas en leierskap nodig by die bokke.

      Blou-Daan - 2012-04-28 13:45

      @fani Spaar SA dit. Bekker is dalk n goeie slot maar jy het my laat lag oor die kaptein idee. Bonop is sy voortduurede beserings ook n probleem in my opinie.

      maarten.slabbert.7 - 2012-04-28 20:08

      @I think Bekker's fitness is still a problem. Not enough game time. But give him a few games, he is going to be a monster.,

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-04-28 20:09

      Ag my hel! Bekker soek nog sy voortandne op ORLADO! Klink soos die Smit supporters!

  • Lionel - 2012-04-28 13:32

    Great win and an even better tour!!

      Jason - 2012-04-28 14:12

      Great win, great tour...................youngsters stepped up!! All round good times!

      Franklyn - 2012-04-28 14:40

      3 out of 4,we move on....

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 02:16

      @Jason Thanks Mr Ref you wanted to say. 4x over

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-04-28 13:35

    Stormed to anotha victory..!

  • MrThreeZeroFive - 2012-04-28 13:36

    Stormed to anotha victory..!

  • Ockie - 2012-04-28 13:39

    Uitstekend Stormers.

  • Johan - 2012-04-28 13:41

    @Blouvitrioel - Dankie Stem 100% Saam met jou comment oor Jaco Pyper! As hy reg geblaas het, het die Stormers nog verder gewen!!! Jy praat derem nie die heeltyd Stront nie!!!! Sien uit na die game op Loftus! Ons gaan jou Bulletjies seer maak!! Stormers Groete

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-28 13:55

      Nee, ek doen praat die heeltyd stront. Bul groete.

      jean.rossouwsa - 2012-04-28 20:12

      Kom ek raai, Omdat julle ons gewen het met 3 in die Kaap. Dink nie so nie!

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-30 02:17

      @Johan Het jy al gaan poefies?

  • Marcello - 2012-04-28 13:42

    Stormers jou lekke ding!!!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-28 14:06

    What a performance by The Stormers in poor conditions, great all round performance. I was not really impressed by Grant, but tonite he really played well. VD Heever played well, but should learn to hold onto the ball in contact.. But the players of the evening was the Loosies with debutant Carr absolutely brilliant. Tell Spies he must watch the tape. That is how an 8th man play. Again Koilisi and Elstadt brilliant and JDJ great.. Great performance..

      RetiefC - 2012-04-28 16:21

      Their performance as exciting as watching paint dry.....

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-28 19:22

      Then perhaps you should paint your face again and watch it dry..

      francis.titus - 2012-04-28 22:11

      So Ample you paint your face all the time. \r\n(ample times) Lol

  • Grant - 2012-04-28 14:06

    So proud of these youngsters! Nizaam Carr my Man Of The Match !...Great tour, well done boys !!

      Bootman - 2012-04-28 14:13

      Grant I think all but a few dumb Bull supporters will agree that Nizaam was MOTM. I see the Aussies dont select a MOTM when their team loses.

  • Tinus - 2012-04-28 14:20

    nizaam carr ! what a boytjie and siya kolisi has now established himself firmly in the stormers 1st team. great debut for nizaam carr though. STORM SAAM!!!!

  • Willie - 2012-04-28 14:32

    Well done Stormers, you did South Africa proud and I say this as a Cheetah supporter without any further buts and ifs about where the cup will end up. Congratulations, you all deserve a double Bells or "Vaaljapie"

      Chris - 2012-04-28 15:41

      @Willie: Kon alle Bul-ondersteuners maar so opreg en ordentlik soos jy wees!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-28 17:08

      Ag Chris... Shut Up!!!

  • erica.j.vanvuuren - 2012-04-28 14:40

    Gooooooooooooo STORMERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\r\n\r\n For someone who was born on Namibia and residing in the Free State, I am proud to be a Stormers supporter. Even have a tattoo which says so!

  • Kevin - 2012-04-28 14:53

    Well done, Stormers.

  • Melt - 2012-04-28 14:58

    Waar is die blonde " Nike" deesdae? As ek dit reg het was Nike n Griekse godin wat baie slim was tot hulle haar vlerkies geknip het? Rene, is die Stormers besig om jou vlerkies te knip of rus jy?

  • Mhluleli - 2012-04-28 15:07

    Welldone to Stormers made SA proud, I say that as BLUE BULLS supporter on final I personally want to see BULLS VS STORMERS.....keep up the good work.

  • Stephen - 2012-04-28 15:08

    I see many bitter bulls supporters, how pathetic

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-04-29 15:55


  • Jaco - 2012-04-28 15:44

    Die Pienk koeie is darem maar naar jong,Julle kan nie eers die stormers wen nie maar dan wil julle comment lewer.So die jaar het die blou bulle in pienk gespeel vir bors kanker,hulle gaan seker volgende jaar in condome speel vir Aids.Hehehe julle blou bulle is die joke van die jaar.

      Paul - 2012-04-28 15:53

      Miskien is die bulle die joke van die jaar maar die stormers is die joke van die laaste dekade boet! Lol

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-04-28 15:59

      Haters will always hate....shame. STORMERS!!!!

      Paul Botha - 2012-04-28 16:02

      Nobody hates just passionate about their team!!

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-04-29 08:14 go be passionate about your team elsewhere...this post is about Stormers and the Stormers great performance...not a post about what the Bulls supporters think of their own team. Thanx...bye

      Hugo Klaasen - 2012-04-29 15:54

      @Paul...Kaas Kop!? Is dit die beste wat julle Flou Trille kan doen? PoepPaul...

      Paul Botha - 2012-04-29 19:58

      How original Hugo keep it up boet!

  • Paul - 2012-04-28 15:50

    Well done stormers! Just want to say don't criticise the bulls when the ref blows a few things in their favor ! Firstly in the replay Habanna lost the ball backwards before the line ref wasn't close enough to c ,that should'v gone to tmo definitely not a try and Brock Harris lost the ball forward that led to the second try ! But that's the way it goes ! Nice win and again outstanding on defence!

  • tony.kirby1 - 2012-04-28 16:02

    Will somebody on the Stormers coaching team please try and get the Blue Bulls reject wing van den Heever that his little hand is to small to try and hold the ball in one hand. Hoa many more times must he loose the ball foreward in a tackle.

  • Paul Botha - 2012-04-28 16:23

    " habana is like chuck norris he gets to score either side of the line”

      Billy - 2012-04-28 21:33

      +10 internets to you sir

  • chanki.modise - 2012-04-28 16:34

    Job well done guys if you can win away games so easy.i think its high time saru learn 1 or 2 things from you that it dnst matter where you play you play for win no b\'''s

  • Pieter - 2012-04-28 21:59

    Lovely, Stormers!

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-28 23:37

    Peter Grant should, on current form, be the starting flyhalf for the boks.

  • Pomene - 2012-04-29 08:54

    Well done Stormers it's a pleasure supporting you guys. The Bulls won their bye with a close margin and to think their idoitic supporters on this forum thought they will win the bye with a bonus point and be on top of the RSA log - shame see you guys 2 June 2012 !!! And something else aware of the tour coming up - you might just loose out on play-offs again !!!

      Craig - 2012-04-29 17:49

      Actually the bulls should be above the stormers, as they have more of a point difference! Dumb ass!

  • Stormkaap - 2012-04-29 23:50

    And the gold medal goes to: Mr Ref 4th game handed to the Stormers

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