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Stormers get their five


Written by (molly)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 3 Jun 2011 at 20:06
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The Stormers ended their tour on a high with a 40-3 bonus point victory over Super Rugby newbies, the Rebels.

The Stormers will be very happy with finally managing to get over the chalk five times to get only their second bonus point for four tries in the tournament. This is by no means an indication that they are back to their attacking best, but its not a bad place to find themselves at this point in the competition.

Kurt Coleman got his second start in the 10 jersey and looked a lot more comfortable and confident this week compared to last, dictating play a lot better, getting all his kicks at goal, running at the line more and even got to contribute with a try of his own, to add to his total 18 points for the night. Tries were contributed by Bryan Habana, Kurt Coleman, Jaque Fourie, Nick Koster and Jean De Villiers.

The game was a scrappy affair with clean ball from rucks quite difficult to come by, and the referee allowing quite a bit of leeway with slowing it down. The Rebels started to show some pluck with courageous defending for parts of the game and were proving quite a headache at the breakdown, but they just don’t have the players or capabilities to be too much of a threat consistently. And on the other side, when the Stormers weren’t struggling with the ball at the breakdown they had issues hanging onto it out wide with many handling errors getting in the way of some good opportunities.

The Stormers were the first to get on the scoresheet with a penalty from Coleman in the second minute, only for the Rebels to hit back ten minutes later with one of their own, but it wasn’t long after that when Habana went over next to the posts after a rehearsed move gave him space between the opposition centres to fly through and score. Coleman also did very well to take find a gap on the five metre line to step through for his score. Only five minutes after that Jean De Villiers made a lovely break through the midfield well within the Stormers half and slipped the ball to Gio Aplon who popped it to the flying Fourie who raced in to the corner for another well worked try. There was then a lull in the game for 20 minutes where neither team managed to get any points on the board, it took a nice little break up the touchline by the tallest winger in the competition, Andries Bekker, to set up a try for Koster to run in behind the posts. The last try from the Stormers was somewhat fortuitous as hooker Deon Fourie picked up a scrappy ball off the next kick off and showed his pace to run around the slow cover and then slow down enough to wait for a support runner which he found in Bekker (on the wing again) who then fed inside to De Villiers in what looked like a forward pass before it even came off the Rebels cover defender’s hand.

Captain Schalk Burger was once again immense in all he did, making tackles, cover tackles, falling back to cover kicks from the opposition, linking in the backline, running the ball at the opposition and being a general nuisance/menace on the field. While Tiaan Liebenberg also showed his worth with plenty solid running and showing pace that belies his size, while providing a solid platform in the scrums and lineouts (except the first one). There is still plenty for the Stormers to do as they now face a long flight back to South Africa and then begin preparation for their match against the Bulls at Newlands next weekend, and one has to hope that Peter Grant will be back in time to at least bring some stability to the bench.



11 Comments

  • Job done.

    Happy with the 5 points. :smile:

    Bring on the Bulls. :twisted:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.06.11 20:27:43 by McLovin Reply
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  • Thanks for this Mooly! :wink:

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.06.11 20:31:53 by wpw Reply
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  • I’ve been trying to get tickets for the Bulls game for a few weeks now but it seems the CT faithful are really looking forward to this game!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.06.11 20:34:53 by wpw Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 1) : And minus the injuries… not a bad tour either.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.06.11 21:04:31 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 4) : Taking the injuries into account it was a superb effort from the Stormers to win 3/4 in Aus/NZ. :cool:

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.06.11 21:10:24 by McLovin Reply

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  • @wpw (Comment 3) : I wonder which team the Cape Town “faithful” will be supporting next weekend? :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.06.11 21:45:41 by siorc Reply

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  • Thanx Molls..

    Giving the working class an idea of what happened in this game..

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.06.11 21:55:02 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) : It was a great effort indeed! Congrats.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.06.11 22:56:24 by Ben Reply
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  • @McLovin (Comment 5) :

    You just lost the wrong game.. lol!

  • Comment 9, posted at 04.06.11 07:50:28 by Richard Ferguson Reply
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  • great one Molly

    thanks :mrgreen:

  • Comment 10, posted at 04.06.11 13:11:49 by chaz Reply

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  • Indeed, you should do some more columns Molls!

  • Comment 11, posted at 05.06.11 12:12:50 by Morné Reply
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