A physical FNB Maties side took on the Stormers at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday morning, with the defending champions eventually going down 0-19 to last season’s Super 14 finalists
Varsitycup.co.za reports that the Stormers scored three tries to nil against a game Maties side who were led from the front, quite literally, by Western Province hooker Callie Visagie.
Visagie and lock Hugo Kloppers – who was rested today – are the frontrunners to land the Maties captaincy this year and the former’s performance would have done his chances no harm.
Stellenbosch fronted up well up front on the day, showing plenty of physicality at the breakdown and their hard-running centres impressed with their direct approach. Scrumhalf Donald Stevens – who did not play in last year’s Varsity Cup, after helping his side to the 2009 title – made a welcome return in Maties Maroon, combining well with last season’s first-choice No.10 André Kemp.
For the Stormers, Stellenbosch winger Tythan Adams – a member of last year’s Varsity Cup-winning side – scored two tries, with centre Michael van der Spuy also touching down.
The Stormers led 7-0 at half-time, before scoring two more tries in the second half, with players like Ruan Kitshoff, Lionel Cronjé and Marcel Brache all impressing for the ‘visitors.
FNB Maties: 15 Ruan Combrinck, 14 Ryan Nel, 13 Stokkies Hanekom, 12 Louis Jordaan, 11 Heinrich Steyl, 10 André Kemp, 9 Donald Stevens, 8 Meyer Swanepoel, 7 Grant Hattingh, 6 Helmut Lehman, 5 Andrew Prior, 4 Shaun McDonald, 3 Suan Havenga, 2 Callie Visagie (captain), 1 Kenny Langeveld.
Stormers: 15 Marcel Brache, 14 Tiger Bax, 13 Burton Klaassens, 12 Michael van der Spuy, 11 Tythan Adams, 10 Elgar Watts, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Willem van der Wal, 7 Tertius Daniller, 6 Wimpie van der Walt, 5 De Kock Steenkamp, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Buhle Mxunyelwa, 2 Sidney Tobias, 1 JD Moller.
Replacements – from: Albe de Swardt, Tom Botha, Hilton Lobberts, Reniel Hugo, Nic Groom, Lionel Cronjé, Willie Le Roux, Reuben Johannes, Garrick Matthee, Kurt Coleman, Quinn Roux.