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Stormers can’t go fourth this weekend


Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 10 Apr 2008 at 12:17

Regardless of what happens this weekend, the Stormers will not end this round of Super 14 fixtures in the top four.

The two Australian teams challenging for a place in the semi-final bracket, the Force and Waratahs, play each other on Saturday, and even if it is a draw, that will be enough to keep the Cape team out, writes Gavin Rich for News24.

But with many of the teams ahead of the Stormers due to face one another in the next couple of weeks, there are going to be casualties among the group of challengers, while some of the teams have also played more games than the Stormers have.

This means that the Stormers, now five points adrift of the top four, which translates into a bonus point victory, just need to keep winning and the rest will take care of itself.

Winning though could be the hard part, for although the Stormers hit winning form on their overseas tour, they do sometimes struggle with the extra pressure they appear to feel when they play at home.

And the Cheetahs are going to be doing everything they can to halt the Stormers’ march up the table when they two sides clash in an appetising South African derby at Newlands on Saturday.

It is the start of a five match home sequence for the Stormers, and victory will create a good platform ahead of clashes with the Hurricanes and the Waratahs, two teams also in contention for semi-final places.

If the Stormers can win the next three matches, then there job will be half done. However, the Cheetahs have an old score to settle with former coach Rassie Erasmus for leaving them to join the Stormers, and Erasmus knows better than anyone that the Cheetahs don’t fear Newlands as a venue.

They also have Juan Smith back, and will have been boosted by their impressive first win of the season last week against the Reds.

Of course, the Stormers’ chances, although destiny is in their hands, do not revolve just around themselves. The Bulls can do them a massive favour if they knock over the Hurricanes in the late game on Saturday, something that at Loftus they should be well equipped to do.



14 Comments

  • The stormers have to go all out this weekend…try-fest…

    Why can’t the Cheetahs field a B-side…for the good of RSA?

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.04.08 12:45:45 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply
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  • The Cheetahs only have a B-side ;)

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.04.08 12:50:45 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • The side has been named. Brits is starting at hooker. :shock:

    I just don’t rate him at all.

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.04.08 13:25:24 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Ha ha ha rob…D-side then…

    Hope you’re not having sleepless nights over the Cheetahs at NEWLANDS wes… :wink:

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.04.08 13:40:39 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Not really. :roll:

    We can beat them but the SA side normally raise their games when playing each other.

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.04.08 13:48:45 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • Which explains our games vs the Kitty’s…but you’ll should win this one…

    I think it will be a nice game though…you going to the stadium?

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.04.08 13:52:26 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • Nope.

    I don’t think I’m going.

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.04.08 13:57:38 by wpw (YNWA) Reply
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  • This article is such sour grapes.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.04.08 14:10:54 by Dawn Reply

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  • …or just a fact.

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.04.08 14:21:10 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • I hate facts.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.04.08 14:26:44 by Dawn Reply

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  • Just write one titled ” Sharks can’t go first this weekend”…maybe you’ll feel better :lol:

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.04.08 14:31:27 by blackshark (YNWA) Reply

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  • easy, tigers. This is Gavin Rich’s article. I had nothing to do with it.

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.04.08 14:40:40 by robd'ylan Reply
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  • As long as they win, I’m heppy.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.04.08 19:02:26 by racheltjiedebeer Reply

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  • I hate facts.

    Comment 10 of 13, posted at 10.04.08 14:26:44 by Dawn Edit

    :lol:

    Yeah!!!!!!!!! Why let the facts spoil a good argument. :wink:

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.04.08 20:14:21 by KSA Shark © Reply

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