The Stormers beat The Bulls 38-10 yesterday to secure their first home semi-final in Super Rugby since 1999 and their first victory over their bitter rivals in 6 Super tournaments.
** Randomness alert
The match, sold out 6 weeks ago was not the spectacle fans had hoped for as The Bulls opted to send a “B” squad to Cape Town.The end result was 38-10 with the Stormers running in 4 tries to secure 2nd position and a semi final in front of their home crowd.
Had the Cape side wanted to they could easily have put up a much bigger score but it was clear they were just going through the motions and were trying to avoid contact and any possible injury threats.Bryan Habana playing against his former team mates ran in 2 tries in the first half and was finally able to get that monkey off his back.
With the result almost a forgone conclussion before kickoff it was nice to see that all those who had purchased tickets for the North South derby actually turnup for the game.Full families were out soaking up the sunshine and the atmosphere with much banter being thrown about.
The Vodababes also got into the action earlier than usual and were prancing around outside the building drumming up early support for the Stormers(2 hours before kickoff Bulls fans were 3:1 stronger) and they had me almost entering the building through the wrong gate.
Also, in a Sharksworld excusive we also spotted Naka Drotske showing where his allegiance really lies.
Some of the smarter companies out there used to day to get some marketing done were creative in their approach
At the end of the evening the 49 000 strong crowd got the result they knew they were going to get, Habana scored 2 tries against his former team and De Wet Barrys main contribution was getting a yellow card against his.
The Stormers scored for tries on the night, Bryan Haban 2 ,Andries Bekker 1 and Jacque Fourie 1.The Bulls sole try came through Ruan Snyman.
The Cape sides fans were partying late into the night last night but Coach Alistair Coetzee knows that the Waratahs pose a serious threat to his team and nothing but 100 % by everyone involved next week will have people in Cape Town saying ” this year, this year is really the year of the Stormers”
PS : You really have to stand next to Bakkies Botha, he wasn’t born, he was made somewhere.The man is gigantic.