Stormers surge past Lions

2011-04-16 18:59

Johannesburg - The Stormers needed a 79th minute try by replacement wing Johann Sadie to make sure of a 33-19 win over the Lions in a Super 15 clash at Coca Cola Park on Saturday.

The Stormers seemed headed for an easy win as they raced into a 10-0 lead after 11 minutes, with 19-year-old flyhalf Gary van Aswegen landing a long range penalty goal then making a break which led to a try by right wing Danie Poolman.

But Van Aswegen, standing in for the injured Peter Grant, had to leave the field with a knee injury after the try was scored and third choice flyhalf Lionel Cronje took over.

With the Lions putting up a spirited performance, the Stormers were unable to recapture their early fluency in a match which became a hard fought battle in damp, cool conditions.

Despite being reduced to 14 men after captain and centre Doppies la Grange was yellow carded for a tip tackle, the Lions pressed hard in the closing minutes.

It took desperate defence by the Stormers to prevent the home side from scoring what might have proved an equalising try.

But the Stormers were able to break out of their own territory and Sadie found himself in space and was able to score under the posts to condemn the Lions to their eighth defeat in nine matches.

"We were lucky to get away with a win. We had to defend for what seemed like ten minutes with about seven minutes to go," said Stormers captain Schalk Burger.

"But we were leading all the way and they had to chase the game."

La Grange paid tribute to the Stormers defence, the most effective in the competition with only six tries conceded in eight games.

"We had a few opportunities but they didn't let us in," he said.

The bottom-of-the-log Lions made seven changes to their starting line- up. Burton Francis, the third man to fill the flyhalf position in nine matches, had a fine game, kicking a dropped goal, setting up the Lions' only try, scored by eighthman Warren Whiteley, and landing three penalties and a conversion.

The Stormers, who top the South African conference and are in fourth position on the combined log, led 23-13 at half-time. Their second try was scored by Springbok centre Jaque Fourie after a chip kick by Cronje was gathered by Gio Aplon and carried on by Juan de Jongh.


DHL Stormers: Tries - Danie Poolman, Jaque Fourie, Johanm Sadie. Conversions - Dewaldt Duvenage, Lionel Cronje (2). Penalties - Cronje (3), Gary van Aswegen.
MTN Lions: Try - Warren Whiteley. Conversion - Burton Francis. Penalties - Francis (3). Dropped goal - Francis.


Lions – 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Michael Killian, 13 Waylon Murray, 12 Doppies La Grange (c), 11 Deon van Rensburg, 10 Burton Francis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Warren Whitely, 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Cobus Grobbelaar, 5 David de Villiers, 4 Wikus van Heerden, 3 Jacobie Adriaanse, 2 Bandise Maku, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Subs: 16 Martin Bezuidenhout, 17 Patric Cilliers, 18 Franco van der Merwe, 19 Dries van Schalkwyk, 20 Rory Kockott, 21 Elton Jantjies, 22 Alwyn Hollenbach.

Stormers – 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Danie Poolman, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Gio Aplon, 10 Gary van Aswegen, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 De Kock Steenkamp, 3 CJ van der Linde, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Ethienne Reynecke, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Nick Koster, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Lionel Cronje, 22 Johann Sadie.


  • Effel - 2011-04-16 19:14

    Convincing????????????????? BHA HA HA HA HA HA, they very nearly lost to the blind man. Stormers will go down 20 or more to the Crusaders, can't wait to see that. And the Bulls will make a comeback to successfully defend their Super rugby and Rugby world cup crowns!!

      Robynsky - 2011-04-16 19:27

      Dude what ever u are taking, stop taking it cause you are obviously goofed. The Bulls are gone man and not world champions. they look like tired flat footed govt workers. they know they are supposed to win, but feel that they are owed a win by the other teams, cause they dont look like they actually want to win.

      saliem - 2011-04-16 19:57

      FL burst... and we all know what happens then :P

      MrMojoRising - 2011-04-16 21:29

      Dude, you sound like you're having a mental breakdown . . . It's too late for the Bulls to make a comeback man, they won't even make it to the playoffs. It's up to the Stormers and Sharks now . . . so chose your new team and forget about those dinosaurs from up north.

      EXBULL - 2011-04-16 21:33

      Hey Effel. Lees bietjie hier wat se k@k jy vroeer kwyt geraak het. Effel - 1 hour ago Report comment Stormers will go down 20 or more to the Crusaders, can't wait to see that. And the Bulls will make a comeback to successfully defend their Super rugby and Rugby world cup crowns!! 0 0 Reply to Effel0 reply (hide)

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 06:30

      Ja Pr%6k , I remember you saying that about the Lions last week , You obviously know nothing about rugby , so STFU

  • Ian - 2011-04-16 19:23

    I watched the Reds game this morning. The Stormers have to improve by 100%. The speed and sleight of hand of the Reds is just amazing to watch. In comparison the Stormers look like donkeys.

      Effel - 2011-04-16 19:51

      Can't agree more

      BardofAvon - 2011-04-16 19:51

      Yes it's bad luck for the Bulls that they chose probably the toughest opposition in the tournament in which to have their "first" game. The Reds were fantastic today and those flip-passes completely stymied us. We just never figured them out. Maybe the Stormers will. Time will tell.

      saliem - 2011-04-16 19:53

      Ever heard of the turtle and the hare? :P

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 06:32

      Effel : Maybe , but the Bulls look like half dead , half blind donkies !!!

      Heidi - 2011-04-17 13:57

      Jy is seker n blou bul, As jy nie iets goeds van n SA span kan se nie bly eerder stil.

  • KITTYCULLEN - 2011-04-16 20:12

    A great game guys....well done Stormers. Duane Vermeulen and Francois beautiful boys!

  • Vincent - 2011-04-16 21:08

    Wa's jou ding,hie's ding,WP jou lekkrrrrrrr DING.PROVINCE FOR LIFE.All da neg comments of PROVINCE can only comes from those BULLS supporters.Moet nie swak verloorders wees nie .Lekker slaap

  • Pierre - 2011-04-16 21:13

    kions get your f///ing s//t toghter, why is your vodacom cup team so good and you are ?

      Mark - 2011-04-17 08:43


  • Pierre - 2011-04-16 21:15

    the vodacom cup lions can win, why not the super lions, switch the teams

  • BCC - 2011-04-16 22:19

    Interesting that in terms of points SA teams aren't even in the top three. Lucky they are given a spot automatically. Gonna be long hard year for sa rugby.

  • GraemeBB - 2011-04-17 00:43

    Are the Stormers happy with their display today? Well done, I guess.

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 06:34

      Not the comment from someone who says he always give credit - A resound applause for the only winning SA team - Seems like Tank knows his rugby !!!

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-17 09:38

      The truth is the truth. It was a painful game to watch. Believe it or not, I am a fan of the Stormers, and have praised them several times. Their defense is brilliant - but arent scoring tries. They squandered 2 certain tries - both are Bok players whom I respect. Therefore squandered a bonus point. A win is a win? Not if you want to challenge for the title. They should have taught the Lions a lesson yesterday. It isnt easy to be objective, but dont you see it?

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 10:50

      You are right there , But as the only SA team to win ( Granted Sharks on a bye) Just think we deserve a bit more credit from others ( Esp Bulls fans who have just been insulting - Ref , Weak Opposition etc)

      GraemeBB - 2011-04-17 11:49

      Just too much hate on this site. I say what I mean, and am happy to be dissagreed with - but always turns into an insult feat - sad. Stormer4eva, I am happy for you, and people like you when your team wins. I hope that they peak at the right time. I want to see more tries from a back line laden with boks, dont you?

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 18:33

      GraemeBB : You know then , but I will take it as comnes at this moment

      Stormer4eva - 2011-04-17 18:34

      comes ( Spelling a bit off)

  • Ockie - 2011-04-17 07:05

    Die Stormers behoort te gewen het, en het dit reggekry. Die Lions het darem nie oorgegee nie en het deurentyd probeer. Die probleem is egter dat die Stormers 8 Springbokke het en 'n span met hope Super Rugby ervaring en die Lions 3 Springbokke metminder Super Rugby ervaring. Ek het aan die begin van die seisoen reeds voorspel dat die ondersteuners van die Lions nie te gou opgewonde moet raak nie. Die Super 15 is 'n taai reeks.

  • Damian@bulls - 2011-04-18 14:10

    Good win for the stormers before they go an tour.

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