Stormers face daunting task

2012-04-12 20:01

Cape Town - No team in the history of Super Rugby is as formidable at home as the Crusaders, seven time champions and hosts of the table-topping Stormers in Christchurch on Saturday.

Since rugby turned professional and the franchise system was first used in New Zealand, the Crusaders have won 91 of their 111 home games, played at a number of venues. That is a winning percentage of 82%. They have lost 16 times and drawn four home matches.

In New Zealand, the next best home record belongs to the Blues (71.7%), followed by the Hurricanes (60.6%), Highlanders (59%) and Chiefs (57.4%).

The best home record on Australian soil belongs to the Brumbies (76.6%), which is also the overall next best in the history of the competition, while the most difficult venue to win in South Africa is in Durban against The Sharks, where they win 61.8% of the times.

Only two South African teams, the Bulls (as Northern Transvaal) in 1996 and the Cats in 2001 have beaten the Crusaders at home, with the former happening in Christchurch and the latter in Nelson. In their 40 home games against South African opposition, the Crusaders have won 36, lost two and drawn two.

“We know it is going to be a massive challenge. They are a quality side with a huge amount of experience. They are not just physical but technically sound in every department,” said Stormers coach Allister Coetzee.

“We have learnt a lot from our losses last year to them, but will certainly need to up the ante if we are to maintain our unbeaten run. Accuracy and execution will be key. It’s another great opportunity for this team to test themselves against a quality outfit.”


15 Israel Dagg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Robbie Fruean, 12 Dan Carter, 11 Zac Guildford, 10 Tom Taylor, 9 Andy Ellis, 8 Kieran Read (captain), 7 Matt Todd, 6 George Whitelock, 5 Samuel Whitelock, 4 Tom Donnelly, 3 Ben Franks, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett

Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Owen Franks, 18 Luke Romano, 19 Luke Whitelock, 20 Willi Heinz, 21 Ryan Crotty, 22 Tom Marshall

15 Johan Pietersen, 14 Gerhard van den Heever, 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 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schreuder, 21 Burton Francis, 22 Gio Aplon


  • Frans - 2012-04-12 20:39

    The Stormers will have to pull out all the stops if they want to beat the Saders this weekend. I have this feeling the Saders are gonna put an end to their winning streak. Btw I'm a Stormers fan.

      Priester - 2012-04-12 20:45

      Frans I sure do hope the Stormers will win and I support them all the way. In my humble opinion DC is a bit suspect on defence and I think him being moved to inside centre is a blessing in disguise for the Stormers. Blou Bul Groete!

      Jason - 2012-04-13 07:18

      I have faith in the lads. Stormers 4 life

      Saffa - 2012-04-13 15:02

      @Jason You should have faith x12 in your chins. Disgusting

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:40

      Tokolos have faith that they will fail tomorrow. End of the road starts here for the Stormers. "Siem Sala Biem" is over. Wake up from LaLa land. Time to get out the twinsavers. 3 Times Super Rugby Champ greetings, The Tokolos.

  • Robsschele - 2012-04-12 20:55

    The Crusaders are not so strong this year but it will still take an effort to beat them at home. Every year is a new year and you cannot ride on the waves of last year. The earthquake drama of last year served as a very big motivator but they just did not make it. Maybe the trip to SA and then the trip back to AUS caused them to slip. This year they are not doing as well and sitting on a 50% success. But the Stormers cannot look at that 50% and think that they only need to put in 50%. They still need to play the full 80+ minutes and put in their 100%. Go Stormers. Make us proud. Make it 7/7. Plus a bonus point for 4 tries.

  • Luviwe - 2012-04-12 22:20

    Go Stomers make SA proud. Good luck.

  • Jonathan Rose - 2012-04-12 22:24

    Stats smats..when last did stats win a game of rugby

  • Tokolos - 2012-04-13 00:08

    Tokolos predicts the Crusaders by 10+!!!

      Koos - 2012-04-13 01:02

      Koos second that 15+

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-13 06:46

      Blouvitrioel stem saam met Tokolos. Bul groete.

      Shaun - 2012-04-13 09:17

      Lets see how the Bulls do when they tour cos they tend to lose the plot when they go south of the vaal. Carter's looking very average and I think the Stormers can take this one.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:45

      Isak Tokolos came up with this prediction early in the week already. Do you have an obsession with Tokolos / Bulldozer? Do you think about Tokolos / Bulldozer before you get into bed at night? Do you like Tokolos / Bulldozer Isak? It's ok Isak. I bet you Crapdetector do. I am here for you guys! Tokolos predicts the Crusaders by 10+ tomorrow. No BP for Stormers as well. Beginning of the end for them. 3 Times Super Rugby Champ greetings, The Tokolos.

  • Riaan - 2012-04-13 06:10

    It will most certainly be a tough game. I dont think we should expect any cricket scores here. Low scoring match with the Stormers winning by 3-7 points.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:46

      Whatever Crappants!!!

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-13 06:43

    The saders js rnt that imposing anymore, the luckily escaped against our tahs by the skin of their teeth, dn beat lowly lions dn sorted by the bulls. I tip stormers by 10 . Goosen shudnt hv kicked the ball out wen the tahs played them. Protect ur eyes

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-13 06:44

    The saders js rnt that imposing anymore, the luckily escaped against our tahs by the skin of their teeth, dn beat lowly lions dn sorted by the bulls. I tip stormers by 10 . Goosen shudnt hv kicked the ball out wen the tahs played them. Protect ur eyes

  • Mthunzi - 2012-04-13 06:44

    The saders js rnt that imposing anymore, the luckily escaped against our tahs by the skin of their teeth, dn beat lowly lions dn sorted by the bulls. I tip stormers by 10 . Goosen shudnt hv kicked the ball out wen the tahs played them. Protect ur eyes

  • walkthisway469 - 2012-04-13 07:03

    Should go right down the wire come Saturday morning,and will be a difficult assignment for my beloved Stormers.The test will be if we can stand up to their quick counter attacking skills,forward exchanges should also be very intruiging.Not to over mention the obvious but,the team with the best defence and least mistakes will take this one.The back three of the Saders only started executing well, late against the bulls,they wont make that mistake again this week.I thought their option taking from the back was poor in the early exchanges,they would have studied the tape on that one.Stormers has to show the same character they have displayed thus far in the comp,yet remembering you are only as good as your last win.Everything starts fom scratch this week.I detect a more mature approach to the way the Stormers approach every game thus far, for which the management team should be commended. I will definately wager a few hundred rand on my Stormers to win by 7. Could be a healthy return com Monday.

  • Lionel - 2012-04-13 07:25

    I smell a 4 point victory for our boys!!!!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:50

      Tokolos smell at least a 10+ point victory for the hosts!

  • Johan - 2012-04-13 07:43

    Crusaders is 'n baie goeie span en dit gaan nie maklik wees nie! Maar een ding is verseker - daar was sover in die Super 15 hierdie jaar baie meer upsets as ander jare en as die Crusdars dan die gunstellinge is vir hierdie game kan die Stormers dalk net hierdie week sorg vir 'n upset! Die Stormers speel goeie rugby en daai 6/6 kan dalk net verander na 7/7!

      Saffa - 2012-04-13 16:28

      @Johan Mamma se seuntjie al gaan piepie met sy dik g@tjie

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:52

      Johan, Tokolos think that you are dreaming. Stormers have no chance tomorrow!

  • Ian - 2012-04-13 08:00

    I think the thing everyone is overlooking is that for the Stormers it will be almost a home game. Don't forget, they have been in NZ for two weeks, the Crusaders have just done the long trip home and must surely be suffering a bit. I think that will even things a lot.

  • paul.ramncwana - 2012-04-13 09:01

    We know it's a daunting task it's been a daunting task for the last 2weeks. They told us we will never beat the bulls guess wht, they told us we will never beat the highlanders and guess wht. It's all a mindset we have been playing beat rugby then the Saders this season. We do respect they won so much bt tomorrow is tomorrow we nt playing with cups we are play with a rugby ball. STORMERS JOU LEKKER DING!!!!!!!!

  • Saffa - 2012-04-13 15:00

    I don't know who the Stormers are, can anyone please inform me? I've never seen their name on a Super cup

      Tokolos - 2012-04-13 16:54

      Exactly Saffa. Tokolos thinks that truer words have never been spoken!!! 19 years is a long time.

      Paul - 2012-04-14 09:05

      its the same team that appears on the oldest rugby competition cup the most times. as we all know or should know that stormers and wp are one and the same.

  • francisco.j.pedro - 2012-04-14 00:53

    i wonder if the gameplan the crusaders will have to play against us the Starmers is very different to the gameplan that they played against the bulls. looking at the positional changes it seems they plan to play it differently. will the travel be a factor for them? did the bulls our defence hold out against the crashing waves of robbie fruen and sean maitland and zac guidford and israel dagg... this is a game for the ages. talk about test match intensity. expect to see the contest again in the rugby championship come year end. i am so excited about this game!!!!!!!!!!!

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