LIVE

    Don't read if you're a Stormers fan...

    2017-07-24 14:25

    Herman Mostert - Sport24

    Cape Town - Another Super Rugby playoff, another Stormers loss.

    That is the unwanted monkey on the Cape side’s back that they simply cannot seem to shed.

    Last Saturday’s 17-11 quarter-final loss to the Chiefs was the Stormers’ eighth loss in nine Super Rugby playoff games - a paltry 11.11% win record.

    What makes matters worse is that six of those losses have been at their home, 'fortress' Newlands.

    Hardly a fortress then is it...

    Yes, there were marked improvements from last year’s humiliating 60-21 defeat to the Chiefs at the same stage, but it will be scant consolation for long-suffering Stormers fans.

    The hosts had their chances to win but are seemingly incapable of coming to the party when it matters most.

    SP Marais had the chance to put his side ahead in the final 10 minutes but his failed penalty attempt best summed up the Stormers’ predicament under pressure.

    The senior team’s inability to perform under pressure is hard to explain for a union of such stature.

    It’s a region with vast talent and year-after-year the Western Province junior teams compete at the business end of their respective competitions.

    Western Province also won this year’s SuperSport Rugby Challenge without losing a game which is a further indication of depth in the region.

    But somehow at Super-level these successes cannot be replicated...

    Stormers’ Super rugby playoff record:

    1999 - lost to Otago Highlanders (33-18 in semi-finals, Cape Town)
    2004 - lost to Crusaders (27-16 in semi-finals, Christchurch)
    2010 - beat Waratahs (25-6 in semi-finals, Cape Town)
    2010 - lost to Bulls (25-17 in final, Soweto)
    2011 - lost to Crusaders (29-10 in semi-finals, Cape Town)
    2012 - lost to Sharks (26-19 in semi-finals, Cape Town)
    2015 - lost to Brumbies (39-19 in qualifier, Cape Town)
    2016 - lost to Chiefs (60-21 in quarter-finals, Cape Town)
    2017 - lost to Chiefs (17-11 in quarter-finals, Cape Town)

    What To Read Next

    Read News24’s Comments Policy

    Live Video Streaming
    Video Highlights
    Sport Talk

    Results

    04 August 2018
    28 July 2018
    21 July 2018
    20 July 2018
    14 July 2018
    13 July 2018
    07 July 2018
    06 July 2018
    30 June 2018
    29 June 2018
    03 June 2018
    02 June 2018
    01 June 2018
    26 May 2018
    25 May 2018
    19 May 2018
    18 May 2018
    12 May 2018
    11 May 2018
    05 May 2018
    04 May 2018
    28 April 2018
    27 April 2018
    22 April 2018
    21 April 2018
    20 April 2018
    14 April 2018
    13 April 2018
    07 April 2018
    06 April 2018
    01 April 2018
    31 March 2018
    30 March 2018
    24 March 2018
    23 March 2018
    18 March 2018
    17 March 2018
    16 March 2018
    10 March 2018
    09 March 2018
    03 March 2018
    02 March 2018
    24 February 2018
    23 February 2018
    17 February 2018

    Logs

    Rank Team P W Pts
    • Lions (Q)
    • Jaguares (wc)
    • Sharks (wc)
    • Stormers
    • Bulls

    Opinion Poll

    Who will win the 2018 Rugby Championships?

    Can you name the top Super Rugby tryscorers of all-time?

    TAKE THE QUIZ
    There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.