Stormers triumph in Brisbane

2012-04-20 13:20

Cape Town - The Stormers have beaten the defending champion Reds in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Brisbane on Friday.

GALLERY: Reds v Stormers in Brisbane

The Stormers won 23-13 after leading 17-3 at half-time.

Stormers wing Gio Aplon and flyhalf Peter Grant scored tries for the visitors in the opening stanza, with Grant on target with both conversions and three penalties for a personal haul of 18 points.

The Reds replied with a try by lock and skipper James Horwill and a penalty by replacement Ben Lucas after No 10 Sam Lane was forced to leave the field with a leg injury after only four minutes. Centre Mike Harris was also successful with two penalties.

The Stormers picked up four points for their victory to retain their position atop the South African Conference. They also moved to the top of the Combined log.

The Reds left empty-handed and remained second and ninth in the Australian Conference and Overall standings respectively.

In next weekend's Round 10 action, the Stormers travel to Perth to play the Force, while the Reds visit Auckland to take on the Blues.



15. Luke Morahan, 14. Rod Davies, 13. Ben Tapuai, 12. Mike Harris, 11. Dom Shipperley, 10. Sam Lane, 9. Will Genia, 8. Radike Samo, 7. Beau Robinson, 6. Scott Higginbotham, 5. James Horwill (captain), 4. Rob Simmons, 3. James Slipper, 2. James Hanson, 1. Ben Daley

Substitutes: 16. Albert Anae, 17. Greg Holmes, 18. Van Humphries, 19. Jake Schatz, 20. Liam Gill, 21. Ben Lucas, 22. Nick Frisby

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


  • Lionel - 2012-04-20 12:28

    Come on my boys....Bonus point victory will be great!!!!!!!!!!!

      hannes.handogg - 2012-04-20 12:33

      Yes please!!!

      Jason - 2012-04-20 12:34

      good game, Stormers looking solid

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 13:11

      Jason,hows the nerves boet hahaa

      Ren%c3%a9 - 2012-04-20 13:22

      @Lionel, that 4th try (or even 3rd) is eluding you guys - they must work on it!! Good win nonetheless and a first at Suncorp!! Now the Sharkies, and then my Bulle!!

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 13:24

      @Rene,it is very concerning and I must be honest it does bother me but we will take the win,good luck tomorrow,you have most of SA behind you guys!!

      Jason - 2012-04-20 13:26

      @lionel, I dont care about the bonus point try when on tour. all that matters is that we win.

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 13:30

      Jason,I hear what you saying,just hope it does not come back to bite us in the @ss!!!Lets celebrate the win!!!!

      David - 2012-04-20 13:36

      Four tries in a playoff game means buggerall. If you can land top spot then you're in a great postion as clearly you know how to win. Well done to the Stormers.

      Jason - 2012-04-20 13:53

      @Lionel, everytime the Stormers win there is this old geaser who comes into Gardens centre all dressed in Stormers gear with a huge flag and walks around the center and in the shops screaming for the Stormers. Its such a lag!

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 14:02

      @Jason,it must have happened quite a lot as we have only lost once:):):) Some people are lank passionate about there team hahaha

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:59

      Sorry Antie, Sallie Weenie!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 17:08

      Alicia, die Reds het verloor, met omtrent hulle hele beste span wat nie gespeel het nie. Kombuis toe met jou. Bul groete.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 17:21

      Blou... Jy sal koekroller kry my maat!!!

      1amAlan - 2012-04-20 17:25

      Hey Tokolos, howzit boet. I hope you didn't bet money against the Stormers, else you're going to end up losing as much as you do betting on the Bulls.

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 17:41

      Tokolos, moenie worry nie. My skedel is al koekroller bestand. Mamma kartets my so 4 maal n week as ek met my gesuipte wingerdhond lyf by die huis kom. Bul groete.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-21 01:24

      Howzit Alan... Tokolos invest smartly. Knows better than to bet on a rugby match. With the refs these days your money is not safe anymore. Tokolos rather bet on a dead horse in a race. He think it's safer. Blou.... Ek het nou amper my stoel se wiele ge "cease". Gesuipte wingerdhond lyf...WTF? Daai is 'n nuwe een. Groetnis

  • Hanjo - 2012-04-20 12:31

    The Reds should really stop selecting two backline players on their bench, apparently both Ben Tupuai and Lane are off injured...and Harris left the field with blood(at least I think it was blood, as I'm not in front of the tv and only following live commentary) , so can only imagine how disjointed their backline must look at the moment...not that I'm complaining...hopefully more of the same in the second half.

      Eduard - 2012-04-20 12:35

      Hanjo, Samo in @ 12 now...huge holes in that backline.

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 12:35

      I am also not in front of TV,it really does suck hahaha

      Hanjo - 2012-04-20 12:46

      let's hope we can take advantage of it, instead of defending the lead like we have in the past

      Hanjo - 2012-04-20 13:26

      Robbie Fleck as backline coach must be doing something wrong seeing that a Springbok filled backline couldn't score two desperately needed tries in the second half, we went into defensive mode, live commentary said there were some dodgy calls by the ref, but irrelevant of that, the Reds were there for the taking, their injuries left them with a makeshift backline but they were still the ones dictating play...I guess a win's a win...

      Jack - 2012-04-20 14:31

      Janee, I'm not happy with v/d Heever at wing - he looks like a lost fart out there. I'd rather put Koster at wing (he has played there with some success). Looks like Aplon could be injured again, so I'm guessing they'll play Francis at flyhalf, move Grant into inside center and put Habana back on the wing.

      Terence - 2012-04-20 15:36

      Koster instead of van den Heever? And some of you say I know nothing about rugby?

      Terence - 2012-04-20 16:25

      That clarifies it. Thanks Blue.

  • Eduard - 2012-04-20 12:42

    Can tell you the reds scrum are buckling. ;-)

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-20 13:22

    Well done Province

  • Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 13:22

    Dankie Steve. Bul groete.

      lourens.jordaan - 2012-04-20 13:59

      Wou graag se ek hoop die bulls wen more maar na bloubalvitrioel se kommentaar hoop ek die Brumbies f*k die bulls op.

      Tommy - 2012-04-20 14:09

      Go to Google Translate and translate the following from Afrikaans to English: "Ek's 'n Bloubul".

      paul.coetzee1 - 2012-04-20 15:12

      Hey Tommy I did that. The Google English version FYI is: " I am a "Pink Pansey"

      Terence - 2012-04-20 15:37

      Ha ha, classic Blue.

      Tommy - 2012-04-20 15:54

      Hey Blou, they changed it...somebody must have complained. Try it now. "Ek's 'n Bloubul".

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:31

      Paultjie, Het jy alweer ontsnap uit Weskoppies met daai groen klere? Tokolos gaan matrone nou bel!

  • Massey - 2012-04-20 13:25

    News24, it's 23-13!!! Steve W is still a bit blind!!!!!

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 13:28

      Jy kan dit weer sê. Bul groete.

      Jason - 2012-04-20 13:45

      Actually if im not mistaken it should be written 13-23 because the Reds are the home side

  • Terence - 2012-04-20 13:27

    Congrats Stormers.

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 13:29

      Now was that so difficult to say hahahaahahaa

      Terence - 2012-04-20 13:32

      You have NO idea.

      Jason - 2012-04-20 13:46

      I will take those congrats, even if forced! I can now sit back and enjoy the weekends rugby without a cardiac arrest!

      Franklyn - 2012-04-20 13:46

      for sure....need those bonus points though,maybe seeing the Bulls boytjies are showing such benevolence they will give us one?

      Lionel - 2012-04-20 13:52

      Jason,Terry is slowly seeing the light hahahaaha,enjoy the weekend boet,correct,now we can sit back and enjoy a couple of frosties!!!

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-04-20 13:53

      hahahaha, I will take it with both hands.

      hannes.handogg - 2012-04-20 13:53

      Alright!! WHO made the fake Terence profile!!??

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-04-20 13:56

      Terry Terry - I always knew you were a comedian , I like the response today .Now, next wish is for all other Sa teams to win.

  • David - 2012-04-20 13:34

    Well done Stormers!! Now for Sharks and Bulls to complete the weekend. Oh, and thanks for the maximum SuperBru points :-)

      Terence - 2012-04-20 14:44

      I had it spot on until Rob Simmonds spoiled it with that last high tackle.

      David - 2012-04-20 14:47

      So I take it weren't trying to mind control that the Reds kick away? :-)

  • Gerald - 2012-04-20 13:35

    Well done Stormers. Good win. Now the Sharks and Bulls must do us proud tomorrow. From a Sharks supporter

  • Marcello - 2012-04-20 13:43

    DHL dis heelwat lekker as die stormers so doed doen. Go stormers

  • Franklyn - 2012-04-20 13:44

    we miss Fourie,our backs arnt creative enough in set play....but we will take an away win anytime.

      Terence - 2012-04-20 14:51

      You didn't score all that many tries with him in the team.

      Franklyn - 2012-04-20 18:23

      im assuming that you are insinuating that Fourie wasnt a creative attacking centre ?

      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 18:29

      Is jy stupid Frankie? Hulle het nie soveel meer driee gedruk met Fourie daar nie. Moet Terence vir jou n prentjie teken? Bul groete.

  • Alfred - 2012-04-20 13:48

    Terrence you really did good today. Stormers do very well and this is with injuries and away games. We love it for we storm together.

      Terence - 2012-04-20 14:52

      Gee, thanks. You don't know how little your approval mean to me.

      Lance - 2012-04-20 16:22

      Why so nervous Terence ? You can't be doubting the Bulls tomorrow ? Relax..other teams also have supporters :-)

      Terence - 2012-04-20 16:27

      Lance, what you on about?

      Lance - 2012-04-21 10:32

      @ Terence..just offering you an equally snide comment as you came across a bit edgy..and Im probably just a bit bitter from all the Bulls, Stormer bashing after their deserved win minus three top Boks and Stormer captains.

  • D'Angelo - 2012-04-20 13:54

    Great game from the stormers' victory, but there's still room for improvement, great tries from Gio Aplon

  • Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 14:05

    soos di ou weepee menssies week in,.. week uit, aangaan oor hul superster spannetjie, het ons almal 'n telling van ver meer as 61-8 verwag?? ..maar soos ons Bulle hulle al leer ken het, is dit verregaande en heeltemal oordrewe. so maak ons wakker wanneer iets gebeur- o gids di wed-gaaaap-stryd is verby... @lionel- please man, NO stoomers behind me, thank you- safety first...

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 14:54

      Nee, JapJap. Ons vat eerder 'n wen sonder 'n bonuspunt as 'n verloor met 'n bonuspunt. Julle het twee van daardie, né?

      Lance - 2012-04-20 15:26

      Japjap..your dislike for a fellow South African team that happens to be winning puts you in the same class as a WP All black I hope you don't complain about them. Life goes on..Bulls are good but the Stormers are on fire right now even with many stars out, deal with it like a sportsman. Your team hasn't even played(or even lost) this weekend yet you are miserable...Well done Stormers ! Good luck Bulls and Sharks !

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 15:39

      @BlueRaven - jy het dieselfde gesê oor 31 Maart hehehehehe

      Franklyn - 2012-04-20 18:28

      at last check,we whipped your backsides....true story !

      Kenengek - 2012-04-20 22:58

      Blou Kraai n bonus punt is nie nodig as jy wen nie. Vriendelike groete en totsiens, geensins vaarwel!

      Nayrb - 2012-04-21 03:28

      Are you ever going to post a comment that makes sense ?

  • Skhona - 2012-04-20 14:15

    Where are those people that were keeping on saying go reds,now they will say Go force hahahahaha bunch of loosers

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 14:40

      go reds, go reds,.. ai next time, gat julle hierdie pap snoeke afslag right??. thank yo walchi, your holiday home is ready...

  • Sarge - 2012-04-20 14:19

    Congrats Stormers, but I have to say that your rugby is now officially the most boring rugby in South Africa. Kick away possession and tackle tackle tackle seems to be the only style you guys can play of late. One bonus point in the tourney so far for losing within 7. Failing to get any bonus points are gonna catch up to you sooner or later.

      Stormkaap - 2012-04-20 14:38

      You obviously never saw the try Grant scored..But then again you would never admit t them playing good rugby at present.

      paul.ramncwana - 2012-04-20 14:48

      We play so boring that we beat the bulls. U guys need to give us respect boring or not it's still winning rugby. I wish u guys luck tomorrow.

      Sarge - 2012-04-20 15:12

      I never said the Stormers were playing bad rugby, just boring rugby. For a team that boasted they play the most expansive game of all the SA teams sure are struggling to get over that try line. They are playing the kick and chase game a lot more than the Bulls. Nothing against the Stormers, just stating the facts.

      Lance - 2012-04-20 16:16

      @ watching a herd of Bulls huddling around doing ther damndest best to bash the opposition isn't boring ? MMMMmmmmoooooo.... :-)

      Terence - 2012-04-20 16:29

      Lance, the amount of tries we scored compared with you guys, paint a different picture.

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:40

      Sarge for President!!!

      Lance - 2012-04-20 21:21

      @ Raven..first I have heard of this FB page..there will always be one idiot who has something to prove. The amount of Venom coming from Bull supporters towards a Stormers team that won today is sad. I guess some Bulls are sweating over the result tomorrow and feel its convenient to bash a winning Stormers side..childish indeed, but we will take the negativity as a form of compliment, thanks.

      Daniel - 2012-04-21 08:52

      Ignorance is bliss!! wake up and look at the log! that's if you can read. which i doubt!!

      Lance - 2012-04-21 10:26

      Only thing boring about Stormers rugby is the way the points keep on piling on...and on.....yes, and on.

  • avdberg1 - 2012-04-20 14:23

    I read that out of the 15 teams, The Stormers are in 11th place when it comes to tries scored and then their supporters want to tell us Bulls that we are just a one dimensional kicking team??????? ROFL (by the way, I lost count of the number of tries the Bulls have scored after number 25)

      Lance - 2012-04-20 15:14

      Lovely stats, that the same side that lost to bottom of the log blues ? I congratulate the Bulls, good work..but Steyns kicking is off par...probably because he is losing to much sleep thinking about Grant taking his Bok spot..Its tough to protect your try line and score tries..but its working for the Stormers..Well done Stormers and good luck sharks and Bulls tomorrow !

      aidan.w.naude - 2012-04-20 16:37

      AVD - very good point - but where are we in defence stats and set pieces stats- a game of rugby has offence and defence , and I was always told if you can defend and look after the ball , the rest will fall into place ? Maybe this is why we beat Bulls earlier in the tournament.

      Daniel - 2012-04-21 08:42

      for all i care you can score 100 tries.!! we're still on top of the log!! so get back on the donkey you rode into town with and go back to pretoria where you belong.

  • Lee - 2012-04-20 14:27

    De Jongh is 'n yster...lak soos 'n besetene! He is justifying his selection at national level. I hope HM will recognise recognise this and allow for his attacking and defensive abilities to be groomed even further. I don't see why he shouldn't start at 13...

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 14:46

      ...bedoel jy ni lak met 'n "k", vra maar net?? net 'n korreksie-hy "justify" sy "selection" miskien by weepee en by weepee alleen, ne', geensins verder...

      Lee - 2012-04-20 14:55

      @Jap so, jou houding is, die ding is wat hy is, so hy behoort net in die Kaap. Laat weet maar watter meer "blink" model jy verkies.

  • chris.lategan - 2012-04-20 14:30

    Peter Grant - 1 Assist, 1 Try, 100% Goal kicking for the game and the season for that matter. Class. Make him a bok!

      Japjapjap - 2012-04-20 14:51

      ..dronk soos 'n tor?? more as jy weer jo stukkie twak lees, wat jy hier kwyt geraak het, slat daai babbalas jo kopseer so, jy gaan 'n kat skiet regoor jo skermpie van verleentheid...

      Stirrer - 2012-04-20 14:58

      JapJap, moet ons dan uit al jou stukke twak aflei dat jy permanent so dronk soos 'n tor of babbalas is en katte skiet van verleentheid? Ag nee man, gaan speel in die traffic.

      Franklyn - 2012-04-20 18:36

      Bring back Butch James or play Grant at 10,Steyn is good at catching butterflies not rugby players.

  • Saffa - 2012-04-20 15:05

    And the gold medal goes to: Mr Ref!

      Tokolos - 2012-04-20 16:44


      Blouvitrioel - 2012-04-20 17:10

      Dit raak nou skandalig. Bul groete.

      Daniel - 2012-04-21 08:30

      You are a supreme idiot!!

      Daniel - 2012-04-21 08:31

      You are a supreme idiot!!

  • Stephan - 2012-04-20 15:17

    I am really happy the Stormers won, but the team need to go and have a look at what went wrong in the line-outs. The Stormers should also go and have a look at the kicking for territory as very few balls actually went into touch. The backline looks stationary when the ball comes through and that is partly why the Stormers cannot get that 4th try for a bonus point. But thank goodness, I am not a coach as the team I coach might have been at the bottom of the log at this stage....he he he

      Terence - 2012-04-20 16:10

      Brok plays 12.5, that's middle centre.

      Raymond - 2012-04-20 16:16

      The only decent player in the Bulls side is the ref.

      Kenengek - 2012-04-21 00:30

      Blou Kraai gaan werk n slag! Jy is elke godelike uur op elk godelike bladsy om jou blou dogma te versprei! Ek stel nie belang en hoop jy verdien jou geld eerlik genoeg om jou geliefde pienkies te streel.

      Daniel - 2012-04-21 10:39

      Back line can't operate with a scrumhalf that's fast asleep!! but be as it may stormers are still on top.

  • ckrohne1 - 2012-04-20 20:15

    Fantasties net toe die Stomers hul eie tipe spel patroon behou en nie soos laas week teen die Crusaders die Bulle(niks hierby bedoel) se tipe rugby speel nie. Nou vir di Sharks en Bulle om more hul Afrika staal te wys...

  • Fanie - 2012-04-20 20:54


  • Phillip - 2012-04-20 21:56

    We'll gedaan Stormers.Baie mense het julle na verlede week se nederlaag of afgeskryf of sleggese.Bogger hulle,want julle het vandag teruggekom

  • Brendon - 2012-04-21 02:07

    Job done Stormers; now come on Bulls and Sharks.

  • George - 2012-04-21 10:50

    Brisbane can be a stormy place!

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