Stormers hold off Lions

2012-03-24 20:58

Johannesburg - The Stormers had to fight hard for their 24-19 victory over a gutsy Lions team in their Super Rugby match at Coca Cola Park on Saturday.

The visitors started off strongly as they scored the first try of the match a minute after the kickoff, with hooker Tiaan Liebenberg scoring in his 50th Super Rugby match for the Stormers, and Joe Pietersen converting.

The Stormers built on that positive momentum 12 minutes later with Bryan Habana becoming the only South African player to score 50 Super Rugby tries with a classy try.

Nick Koster broke picked the ball up from a scrum then offloaded to Habana who chipped the ball ahead and touched down as the ball bounced into the goal area.

While Pietersen missed the conversion he succeeded with two more penalty conversions to give the Stormers an 18-point lead after 26 minutes.

The Lions, however, did not get caught in the headlights and piled on the pressure which saw the Stormers conceding penalties.

The hosts showed great patience as they built phase after phase and held on to possession.

They were rewarded for their labour as scrumhalf Tian Meyer picked up the ball from a maul a metre from the line to dive over for their first try, Butch James converting (18-7) with 10 minutes left in the half.

After the half-time break the Lions continued their march forward with James converting a penalty to bring them within eight points of the Stormers.

James succeeded with two more penalty goals with only points separating the two sides.

As the Lions dominated proceedings in the second half they looked set to surpass the coastal side on the scoreboard.

Their progress was, however, hindered when a penalty went against them in the 67th minute. Pietersen slotted over to extend the Stormers’ lead once again.

The Lions started to lose patience and with it made silly mistakes that played into the hands of the visitors.

Pietersen struck another debilitating blow as he converted yet another penalty to give them an eight-point lead with two minutes left in the game.

The Lions made a final stab at the try line in pursuit of a bonus point which they could have achieved through taking a penalty kick rather than go for the line-out.

In the last movement of the match Andries Coetzee knocked over a drop goal to end the match.


Lions 19 (7)

Try: Tian Meyer. Conversion: Butch James
Penalties: James (3)
Dropgoal: Andries Coetzee.

Stormers 24 (17)

Tries: Tiaan Liebenberg, Bryan Habana
Conversion: Joe Pietersen
Penalties: Pietersen (4).


  • Francois - 2012-03-24 21:02

    Dit was way te close ... n wen is n wen :) Nice STORMERS

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:07

      @Francois Dankie ref

  • Jack - 2012-03-24 21:05

    That has gotta be the worst game of season for the Stormers - heck, we'll lose games and play better than we did tonight. Duvenhage must be dropped down to the Vodacom Cup team next week! It's as though we expected to rock up and get given the game - pathetic!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:08

      @jackblack And that against the Lions 3rd team. Imagine what the Bulls are gonna do to you

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:25

      Well, you'll be playing in the Vodacom next year anyway, so leave Duvenhage, he's the least of your problems anyway

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-24 21:34

      @ Jack..I cant also understand, You tackle and tackle and when you get the ball this idiot kicks it away! And Butch did the same for the Lions! And the Saffa(fakefool) that says we played against a Lions 3rd team.. Two points for you 1. That Lions team would have beaten your beloved Bulls 2. The Reds were a depleted side. So dont think you have won the S15 yet.. far from it. Like I said before.. you need to drop your captain then you can play with 15 MEN again.

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-24 21:55

      And ,Saffa and Spies, will need a shrink for depression and drink! take note of Etsebeth.. Tell Spies to watch how the boy tackles.. hasnt missed one unlike Captain fairy

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-24 22:19

      Gotta agree jackblack. Stormers were way behind the Lions as a team and in skills. Duvenhage is a dead-loss, his decision-making is atrocious and his execution worse. To think that we lost D. Hougaard to the Bulls just makes it worse. Groom is a better bet at scrummie than Duvenhage. Our Stormers deserved to lose this game, we were totally outplayed.

      Erik - 2012-03-25 08:10

      Stormers have not played a complete game this season! Yet still unbeaten! Well played lions! Great ball controle. Please people don't drop down to this idiot's level!! (Sure we all know who). Welldone on a great win Bulls. Stormers please show up for your games! (Too many mistakes to mention)

  • Danie - 2012-03-24 21:05

    Nee wat my ou span jule sal moet beter doen as dit as ons volgende week die Bulls wil wen. Dankie darem vir die wen.

      Jack - 2012-03-25 08:31

      @saffa - funny thing is we're gonna smash you guys so hard, your little smiles will vanish fast!!!

  • Shoosh - 2012-03-24 21:07

    Stormers, you need to step it up & not give away possession, especially when the your tackle count is 3 times more than the opposition. Kicking the ball onto the opposition instead of keeping ball in hand just adds to the pressure. A win is a win but the lack of any bonus points after 4 games may yet bite us in the arse. Yes we are the only unbeaten team so far but we are also the only team without any bonus points!

  • Jaco - 2012-03-24 21:09

    Teken van goeie span is om te wen al speel jy sleg!! Sorry Saffa en kie, Stormers nog onoorwonne!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:12

      @Jaco Wat volgende naweek drasties tot 'n einde gaan kom

      WernerZA - 2012-03-24 21:13

      Bly om te hoor daars n stormer wat uiteindelik wil erken dat hulle span sleg speel...

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 22:09

      Werner, ons het nie net swak gespeel nie!! Ons het soos n klomp ... Ja los dit maar. Ons vat die wen en kyk vorentoe na volgende naweek. Die noord-suid ding is maar altyd n riller. Sou graag die game wou gaan kyk.

  • WernerZA - 2012-03-24 21:10

    Hahaha ... Against the lions!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:18

      @Werner The Lions 3rd team you wanted to say

      WernerZA - 2012-03-24 21:21

      Yes, sorry... Got carried away

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-24 22:24

      @Saffa, You got boring after the first time you mentioned the Lions 3rd XV. To keep on repeating it just emphasises the fact that you have nothing of interest to say.

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 01:03

      @Jeffrey 61-8

  • Priester - 2012-03-24 21:11

    What a game! I thoroughly enjoyed this one! Some unfortunate errors by the Lions did not help their game. Lions you did well! Congratulations to both teams. Blou Bul Groete!

  • Lion - 2012-03-24 21:14

    "Geluk" aan die Stormers. Ek het in die week gesê dat ek mans genoeg is om dit te kom se hier al is dit teen my wil en tong in die kies. Julle het goed verdedig en ons het fout na fout begaan. As jy so speel en "catch up" rugby speel verdien jy nie om te wen nie. Bygesê... nie te bad vir die Lions se 5de spn teen die mighty Stormers nie. Anyway... ek maak nie verskonings nie en ons het net nie ons kanse gebruik nie. Geluk Isak en al die ander Stormers supporters. Ek wens julle sterkte toemet die res van julle seisoen. ek het net een vraag... Hoe wen jy die bulle?... Julle sal moet OEFEN, OEFEN, OEFEN! GO BULLS!!!!

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 21:38

      Verlede jaar het Stormers met omtrent 12de flyhalf gespeel terwyl die Lions net een besering gehad het. Mens moet seker maar die soet saam met die suur vat...

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 21:40

      Lions het my egter verras, baie goed gedoen. Na die eerste paar minute het ek gedink dit gaan wees soos Bulls en Reds game.

      Lion - 2012-03-24 21:53

      Soos ek se Jaco.... Geen verskonings diekant nie. Julle het die game gewen en geluk daarmee. As my span swak speel vat ek dit op die chin en gaan aan. Ek gaan sit nie op 'n hopie en huil nie. Ek weet hulle sal weer opstaan en paar "groot" spanne hard knock die seisoen nog. So ja... hulle kan julle nog dalk 'n gunsie of twee bewys nader aan die play offs as julle daar uitkom.

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 22:05

      Ek dink die Lions het die game reg gespeel, skietgoed net te min gewees. Ons was maar donners gelukkig. Sover ons darem gelukkig met beserings. Is great as al die SA spanne goed doen. Oorsese spanne lyk maar dun om die lyf.

      lourens.jordaan - 2012-03-25 10:12

      @Lion Jou span het gladnie sleg gespeel nie.Lions se lostrio het Stormers ore aan gesit en ek dink daai Minne (6) is n baie goeie fetcher. Daai skrumie(9) het net so n goeie game gehad.Voorry het ook baie goed gestaan . Agterlyn het nt die heeltyd te skeef gehardloop en kon die Stormers hulle teen die kantlyn vasdruk.Verder dink ek ook dat daar n paar ouens is wat of in die Bokspan gaan wees of baie naby.

  • Mark - 2012-03-24 21:16

    What happened to the supposed 40+ massacre i`ve been hearing about all week.?

  • Nico - 2012-03-24 21:21

    Awesome game Lions! this was an excellent performance and with the bounce of the ball we could have won this. The Lions are busy building momentum, and will be difficult to beat later in the tournament. Congrats to the Stormers. And how great it was to see an almost full Ellispark stadium, filled with lots of red! Hope they keep the ticket prices low, will ensure that the stadium stays full, especially when we start winning. GO LIONS!! u r AWESOME!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-24 21:35

      Was also the best game of the weekend!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:29

    Now what to do with my Superbru. I was gonna be conservative and say Bulls by 18, but I guess Bulls by 38 will be 2.5 points for sure

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 21:36

      Saffa, jy kan nie na die games pick nie!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:48

      @Isak 61-8 vs 25-19 But then again, you can't count to 11, the number of years your team has been cupless

      Paul - 2012-03-24 21:49

      Saffa, here's some prudent advice: as much as I loved the Bulls win, the Reds were supremely crap. I could hardly believe the lack of tempo in the game and the Reds' reluctance to go in hard. If you have a few bucks to spare, back the Stormers next week. The odds will be great. I can hardly believe what I've just said, but the truth is the truth. It's your lucky day. Buy me a drink after next weekend.

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:52

      @Paul Stadig op die aaptwak ou bees. Bulls totaal superior

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 22:06

      How much do you want to put on it? R200 se nat beesbiltong? Bulls verseker

      Paul - 2012-03-24 22:11

      Only if it's from Groenkloof Butchery or King's Deli.

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 22:16

      J y het nie genoeg geld nie Saffa Olivier

      Paul - 2012-03-24 22:20

      Hoeveel Saffa's is daar?

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 22:24

      @Paul I'm not gonna be the one ordering

      Paul - 2012-03-24 22:38

      Should I read that as a cop-out, Saffa?

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 00:20

      @Siphiwe Get yourself another blog, you not welcome here and your IQ doesn't allow it

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 08:09

      @Paul there is plenty of Saffa's just 1 x Stupid one and that is Saffa Olivier

      guidordp - 2012-03-25 12:06

      Saffa jy is erger as n klein meisie jy hou net nie op praat nie !! Nog net die Reds het die cup gewen.Al wat julle gewen het was die SUPER 14.Laat ek jou gou vra..het julle al die SUPER RUGBY/SUPER 15 gewen? NEEEE

  • Stephen - 2012-03-24 21:42

    Glad for the win but we cannot continue like this if we hope to win the S15. I am so tired of this defenisve style, its like a repeat of the last two seasons where we are out on our feet by the end of the season when it counts most. Sorry Alistair and Robbie but not sure this is the kind of team I like. I want the old attacking, dynamic style WP were known for, not this defence only game. Time to get better coaches, look at what John Mitchell can do with leftovers. Hats off to the Lions, lovely rugby!

      Saffa - 2012-03-24 21:49

      @Stephen You not thinking the Stormers will win the tournament do you. It will be your 19th disappointment in a row

      Jeffrey - 2012-03-24 22:31

      Agree Stephen, What the hell is it with Brok Harris and Tiaan Liebenberg standing at outside half and inside centre, it just ruins any backline movement. Lions were putting in multiple phases, whereas Stormers could barely pass the ball down the line without spilling it.

      Ken - 2012-03-25 07:11

      You are right and the lack of bonus points will come back to haunt Stormers. Bulls scored more tries yesterday than stormers have all eason

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 08:04

      YES WE CAN

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-25 08:25

      @stephen-'...if we hope to win the S15." is jy 'n stand-up komediant?? dis miskien tyd om 'n ''sit down' komediant te word..

  • gilla23 - 2012-03-24 21:44

    n wen, is n wen, is n wen!!! Storm saam

      Jaco - 2012-03-24 22:06

      Teken van goeie span is dat hy wen as hy swak speel.

  • nicknac40 - 2012-03-24 22:08

    Crap ref and even crapper super sport commentator, why can't we get it right , employ men and not wets to do the job. Only SA refs have the qualifications to ref rugby everybody else needs to sign up to the Andre Watson reffing school. Stormers rock , I hate biased commentators

      Paul - 2012-03-24 22:17

      Agree about commentators, but for once totally disagree about the ref. Andre Watson tried his best to keep Oz in the RWC final when the English (whom I dislike) were all over them. Go watch that game again and report back if you're honest. I thought this was the best ref I've seen for a long time -- and my team lost.

      anna.suter - 2012-03-25 06:59

      You touch on a sensitive topic there, I thought i was the only one who wondered why the commentators always defend the Stormers opposition. In almost every game. But that made no difference with us kicking the ball away while we were advancing past the halfway line. I love my Stormers but if i see Duvenhage in the streets i will drive over him!!!!!!

  • rudi.strydom2 - 2012-03-24 22:39

    Genade, hier ek ek nou blou bul mentaliteit gesien op sy beste!

      WernerZA - 2012-03-25 05:32

      Praat jy nou van wen mentaliteit??

      Siphiwe - 2012-03-25 06:36

      @Saffa - have you noticed lately that your are comments are just being ignored. Before I just disliked you but now I actually just pity you. The local idiot trying to join a grown-up conversation. Go to sleep, it is past your bedtime.

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 08:00

      Hi Saffa Olivier sien jy praat baie lelik van jou familie ons is rerig jammer jy is gestrem

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 08:03

      @Siphiwe - Saffa Olivier must be cared for he has no life an sh1t team, drug abuse problem we must care for the poor soul (oops he doesn't have a soul he is to stupid)

  • Ockie - 2012-03-25 06:54

    Well done Stormers with the win. The Lions made you fight for this one, but you tackled well. Lions can be proud. You controlled the game and with more luck could have won. with 2 tries to 1 the Stormers deserved the win.

  • Erik - 2012-03-25 09:17

    You know you are moving forward when people spend so much time talking about you! GO STORMERS!! (yesterday we were crap) can't wait for the next game to see us improve! Great win Bulls!!,

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-25 10:51

      @Eriki- but but but, do you know you moving foward.. into the great abyss?? you go boykie

  • Eugene - 2012-03-25 09:31

    The Stormbarians yet again peaking too soon and getting out of jail. The mighty Bulls are going to gore and tear both these teams apart. But good luck to the Lions, had some bad luck along the way but they'll get there.

  • Jaco - 2012-03-25 10:11

    Saffa - kom ons maak 'n deal. As die Bulls wen sal ek nie weer comment op news 24 se sport afdeling nie maar as die Stormers wen mag jy geen comment lewer tot en met 15 Junie (wil darm nie he jy mag niks se oor die engeland toer en 4 nations nie)

      Saffa - 2012-03-25 10:20


  • Alan - 2012-03-25 10:45

    @ Paul, a fair referee? Glen Jackson had his bryce lawrence game at the breakdown and lineout. The lions threw in skew almost every lineout, in fact at every lineout in the 2nd half and were never pinged. The Stormers however where pinged, 1 was skew, 1 was straight. As for the scrums, the Lions were massive and Jackson was spot on there. The the breakdown was a complete shambles for poor ol Glen - (now probably a bit richer). The lions were good there but could also do as they please in this area. They went off their feet, did the infomous kiwi thing of tackler rolling into support player, they never released the tackled player before playing for the ball, in every breakdown they came in from the side - but then again Glen is a kiwi and ala mccheat style this is I suppose ok. However the Stormers were pinged badly, as an example the last penalty of the game, the lions player comes bolting in from the side, unsettles the ruck and the stormers player then comes in to clear him out, going off his feet - result penalty to the Lions but nothing done for the lions player comming in from the side??? This is how it was the whole game and I can only imagine certain "officials or administrators" want a tired Stormers team before they go on tour so blocking them getting abonus point and forcing them to make too many tackles is a good ploy... jackson was as bad as bryce!

      Pieter - 2012-03-26 00:42

      Hey! The ref blew in the age old NZ tradition; e.g. NO F..KEN CLUE!

  • Alan - 2012-03-25 10:48

    The only players worse the glen were Brock Harris in the back line - why oh why are you there tubby? and Dewalt, he is fast becomming a massive liability for the Stormers. Also we could really have done with keeping CJ Stander as bad as Glen was, we had no fetcher and that cost us 40 tackles easy.

  • Alan - 2012-03-25 10:51

    1 last thing, to the Lions, I must say you were always looking better on paper than in prior weeks and you played even better than that. You raised your game and intensity and won most of the collissions, held your own in the scrums and played much better with ball in hand than the Stormers. Now I would like to see you do that to the overseas teams and not roll over and play dead till your next derby match. It is easy if you only play hard every 2nd week, try do it every game and give the overseas teams a tougher route in the competition. It is stupid to think that if you only turn up against SA sides you can still pull off a moral boasting win, do us all a favour and play hard each week, nont your normal drivel you dish up against the foreign teams...

      Pierre - 2012-03-25 12:24

      Kan Allister Coetzee wragtag nog steeds na gisteraand sê dat die Stormers sonder Francois Louw of enige ander goeie "fetcher" kan klaarkom? Dit nadat die WP vir "Flo Louw" laat gaan het weens 'n tekort aan finansies. Terwyl die WP raadsaal vol Kaapse Vlakte "Fat Cats" sit, sal daar nooit voldoende finansies wees nie. Jammer, maar vir so 'n administrasie, ek bedoel span, kan ek nie meer langer ondersteun nie. Bulle gaan ons vermorsel volgende Saterdag as ons nie ons spel met 200% gaan verbeter nie en dit is hoogs onwaarskynlik na gisteraand. Jy kan nie 3 losvoorspelers hê wat die veld vol hardloop en nie een kan die bal op die grond wen nie.

      Japjapjap - 2012-03-25 14:26

      @pierre- man ek wens nou ek was daar by jou... om jou 'n klop op di skouer te gee! ...dis hartseer, ne-"Bulle gaan ons vermorsel-........"

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-03-25 21:22

    @Saffa- Die Reds was ook 'n verswakte span. Die Bulls het tuis teen die span verloor wat eerste van onder af sit. So much for your big mouth. As for the Stomers vs Lions game-die Lions het regtig weer nuwe betekenis gegee aan die koning van die diere ryk.....

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