Stormers pip Sharks

2012-03-03 20:52

Cape Town - Peter Grant marked his return to Super Rugby with a matchwinning penalty for the Stormer,s who edged the Sharks 15-12 in their clash at Newlands on Saturday evening.

Only a few days ago flyhalf Grant returned to Cape Town after a club rugby stint in Japan and he engineered his side's escape, when the match seemed headed for a 12-all draw, with a penalty two minutes from the end.

The visiting Sharks wasted no time in taking the game to the Stormers with a brand of high-risk rugby, straight from the kick-off and the Stormers' defence faced a few testing situations early on.

The Sharks' territorial advantage in the opening 11 minutes did not cause too much damage for the Stormers who surrendered two penalties, one of which was converted by flyhalf Pat Lambie (3-0).

The Stormers seemed to ride this Sharks wave with patience before they managed to wrest the initiative and their build-up moves looked far more threatening. They also failed to crack the defence but their fullback Joe Pietersen snapped two penalties in quick succession, starting in the 14th minute, to give them a 6-3 lead.

The Sharks managed to regroup and their penetrative sorties were thrice held up on the Stormers' tryline and again they had to settle for a Lambie three-pointer midway through the first half, when their efforts were worth considerably more (6-6).

The Sharks' territorial advantage persisted into the final 10 minutes of first-half play, and after Lambie hit the upright with a 53-metre penalty attempt from inside his own half, he was on target from the Stormers' 22-metre line to secure the Sharks a 9-6 advantage at the break.

The Stormers returned with a far greater sense or urgency about their play and their early second-half play had an element of adventure about it.

Substitute Peter Grant joined the fray in the 48th minute at the expense of No 10 Gary van Aswegen, and the Stormers' backline immediately produced a fair amount of variation when they probed the Sharks defensive lines.

Pietersen atoned for earlier lapses with a 55th minute penalty when the Stormers' pressure started to take its toll and at nine-all Pietersen hashed a another goalable attempt, just on the hour mark, when the Sharks were reduced to 14 players, with lock Ross Skeate in the sin bin.

The indiscretion earned the Stormers a penalty which Pietersen converted to edge the home side ahead 12-9.

As the match wound towards the final quarter, the Stormers started imposing themselves on the set-pieces and their cause was boosted by a number of errors which crept into the Sharks' game.

However, their finishing was far from satisfactory and their efforts in the closing stages were not enough to defend their slender three-point lead, which Lambie erased with a 74th minute penalty (12-12).

Although the Stormers continued to hold the upper hand in the ensuing minutes, their efforts couldn't realise a try, but Grant stepped up two minutes from the end to slot over a penalty from the touchline to snatch a 15-12 victory for his side.


Stormers:Penalties: Joe Pietersen (4), Peter Grant

Sharks: Penalties: Patrick Lambie (4)


15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Jean de Villiers (captain), 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Duane Vermeulen, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff

Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Frans Malherbe, 18 De Kock Steenkamp, 19 Nizaam Carr, 20 Louis Schrueder, 21 Peter Grant, 22 Gerhard van den Heever

15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Louis Ludik, 13 JP Pietersen, 12 Meyer Bosman, 11 Lwazi Mvovo, 10 Patrick Lambie, 9 Frederic Michalak, 8 Keegan Daniel (captain), 7 Marcell Coetzee, 6 Jacques Botes, 5 Ross Skeate, 4 Steven Sykes, 3 Wiehahn Herbst, 2 Bismarck du Plessis, 1 Dale Chadwick

Substitutes: 16 Craig Burden, 17 Jannie du Plessis, 18 Anton Bresler, 19 Lubabalo Mtembu, 20 Charl McLeod, 21 Marius Joubert, 22 Paul Jordaan


  • Leon - 2012-03-03 20:59

    Great stuff Stormers

  • Arthur John Ware - 2012-03-03 21:12

    What happoned to the stormers light five?

      Maria Letizia Dewar - 2012-03-04 10:41

      to be fair the Sharks had inexperienced props and two really light loosies, it would have been different had Alberts been there well see how your scrum will go in Durbs when hopefully we'll have Alberts and Deysel available but well done on the win, despite it being against a Sharks pack sans 3 springboks two of which are real key players (Alberts, DeyselY) and at home only scoring due to our lack of discipline.

  • Stephan - 2012-03-03 21:15

    Okay, this game was actually ugly. Great stuff by Peter Grant putting that last penalty over. Having watched the game, any team could have won and I would have been happy. The penalties were 7 against the Stormers and 9 against the Sharks, so Bull (maybe too affraid to give your really identity) dozer the penalties were equally fair or unfair. The Sharks played a great game and I'm glad the Stormers struggled as they need to up their game. I'm glad to see that the Stormers front row did very well at scrum time. Well done Stormers, but you may count yourself lucky to have won the game.

      Stephan - 2012-03-03 21:19

      Thank you Shane. Sometimes good to put a face to the comments.

      Nibiru - 2012-03-03 21:22

      OK Shane Bulldozer you are welcome to come to Cape Town we won't hurt you

  • emillangeveld - 2012-03-03 21:19

    Ek is nou gatvol vir Plum se blerrie eksperimente. Ons sit 'n springbok nr 9 op die bench ten koste van 'n Franse nr 10. Ons kies ons beste nr 14 op nr 13...ons kies twee stutte wie se koppe letterlik in hul alies geskrum word... en dan maak ons forwards dit BAIE maklik vir Lwrence om 50/50 calls by die vaste los teen ons te blaas... vir seker was daardie bal uit waarteen Keegan aan die einde gestraf is. Maar die wedstryd is verloor na die kritieke vaskop teen ons naby die einde...

      Bulldozer - 2012-03-03 21:22

      Ek dink Michalak is julle beste nr.10, met Lambie op 15.

      Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:28

      Daar stem ek saam!

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-04 05:51

      Dozer, the best comment you made since the S15 started.. didnt know u could be commentator comments or yours!

  • Saffa - 2012-03-03 21:20

    Thanks again Mr Ref, 8 poins to us from 2 referees!! Poor Stormers, you'll go down to the Bulls by 40 plus

      Jack - 2012-03-03 21:26

      Nee wat - ons gaan julle bliksem and it's gonna be fun after the Blues and Reds smash you guys back to back!

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 21:43

      @jackblack Net soos julle almal ged@nner het die laaste 10 jaar? Koppie op koppie

      Derrick - 2012-03-03 22:38

      @Jackblack- both you & Isak would never make a living forecasting scores- you both said the Cheetahs would win by 10 points vs Bulls- not bad only + 40 points out !!

      Chris - 2012-03-04 17:46

      @Saffa: Jy's heeltemal reg: Ons het julle so kort terug soos verlede jaar goed opgedonner en ek dink ons tweede plek velede jaar op die log, vertel ook nogal iets van hoe ons omtrent almal opgedonner het!!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 17:50

      @Chris Wie het die laaste game gewen ou Einstien. Beide in die CC en Super? Hoeveel Super bekers vir julle?

  • The-o - 2012-03-03 21:21

    good stuff

  • Kevin - 2012-03-03 22:04

    Have a look at the stats .Marl Lawrence always blows a high penalty count against the Sharks. Something must be wrong with Rugby if the exciting attacking side is continually blown up. Mark Lawrence is a disgrace and I say it every time he refs a Shark game.Time for him to not take sides and buy an honest whistle.

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 22:13

      @Kevin I can't agree more, total disgrace. And last week another idiot Plonker handed 4 more points to the Stormers on a plate. Something is rotten in SA rugby. Ma die wiel draai Stometjies!! Alhoewel vir julle neuk hy nou al 11 jaar af

      Sean - 2012-03-04 02:01

      What a f@cken joke !!

      Chumscrubber1 - 2012-03-04 09:28

      A Sharks supporter myself, I could not see too much wrong with Lawrence? I think its the rules of the game that are confusing, anyway, my team deserved to lose this one. 2 away losses by a close margin gives me a bit of hope, at least we have points from both games. I still think our team lacks in certain departments, lock being one of them.

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-03 22:21

    maak my waker wanneer di BORING game oor is, genade... zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Saffa - 2012-03-03 22:40

      Who are the Stormers? Can someone please help me, I haven't heard that name in Super rugby for 18 years

      Bootman - 2012-03-03 23:04

      Pieter you seem more upset about the Stormers victory than what you are happy about the Bulls victory. Come on girl. Your team demolished the Cheetahs. Enjoy it. Stop being bitter about the Stormers..........and leave Saffas profile alone. Everyone knows by the dumb, monotonous comments you make that it cannot possibly be her. You're just making a bigger fool of yourself then what you already are.

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 00:56

      @Bootman Do you really think people know I'm not the Stormer Saffa? I thought I was hiding it so well

      Papa-storm - 2012-03-05 08:16

      bootman its ok this saffa got no IQ to come up with an original name she is a blue bull supporter after all

  • Japjapjap - 2012-03-03 23:06

    @strompers & skarks- If you ever felt you died and went to rugby hell, I bet you, you were this afternoon at Newlands zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

      Stormkaap - 2012-03-04 08:49

      It was a night game though!

  • Ruan van Niekerk - 2012-03-03 23:30

    Credit where credit is due. Welgedaan my awesum stormers!!!!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 00:59

      @Ruan HA HA HA Be worried oubaas se honne, julle gaan huil die seisoen. WEER

  • myst.rackermann - 2012-03-04 01:04

    Misery loves company, they say. Lol. Go STORMERS!!

      Saffa - 2012-03-04 01:05

      HA HA Miss Einstein back with us?

  • Bronwen - 2012-03-04 02:56

    end of the road for the sharks

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