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Chiefs smash sorry Stormers

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 3 May 2009 at 07:18
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The Chiefs secured a vital bonus point and went second on the standings, following their 28-14 win over a pitiful and sorry-looking Stormers team at Newlands on Saturday.

The Chiefs will have plenty to celebrate – a well-deserved win and vital bonus point that saw them move into second place on the standings, displacing the Bulls, as they return home on Sunday.

However, more questions will be raised about the poor quality of some of the Stormers players.

Rugby 365 reports that while injury setbacks have ravaged the team, it is also a sad sight when players show a lack of intent and amble along for 80 minutes – when some of their teammates put their bodies on the line.

There were moments of Stormers brilliance but there was not much Stormer finish, lots of huff and puff but little to show for it. The Chiefs on the other hand were like cobras. They were poised, controlled and then suddenly they struck. And the King Cobra was Richard Kahui. When he struck it really counted, seven points at a time.

The Stormers have had a bad run of injuries and they got worse in this match. First Conrad Jantjes in a moment of brilliance that turned to horror broke his right leg, a clean break. Then tackler-in-chief Schalk Burger limped off. Their replacements were  young men who may one say be good – new man Tiger Bax and Pieter Louw.

The Chiefs gave the impression of playing well within themselves in fact Sione Lauaki was so laid back he only just avoided being inert as he padded about, the condescending King of the Kids. But their skills were outstanding – on attack and defence. much of their ability is in their alignment. They get into the right positions on attack and defence. They are a class side.

The Chiefs started with many phases as the Stormers battled to try to get the ball. And then Luke Watson managed a strange turnover and little Dewaldt Duvenhage – such a promising scrumhalf – went haring off for the corner where Stephen Donald tackled him high. Donald was penalised but Willem de Waal missed the kick at goal.

Not long after this Donald kicked a lobbing diagonal to his left. Jantjes’s anticipation was first class as he came racing in and soccer style – he was a boy star – he kicked the ball forward on the volley and raced after it. He and Liam Messam went to ground and suddenly Jantjes was on his back, signalling his distress. The referee stopped the play and had the medics on. Eventually the motorised stretcher came and carefully, his right leg splinted, Jantjes was removed from the field. It was a sad delay of eight minutes. The incumbent Springbok fullback was only just back from injury.

The Stormers regrouped and from a scrum Luke Watson broke and raced away down the middle of the field, sadly without any support but the Stormers were on the attack. They opted for a scrum from a free kick and attacked again, eventually going left off quick ball for De Waal to cut through for a try which he converted. 7-0 after 16 minutes.

At this stage the Stormers were looking good and  then the cobra struck.  They went on a varied, quick attack and the Stormers scurried and scrambled but kept on bringing their men down till, after 12 phases, Donald got into a half gap and gave to Messam who cut back and clean through past AJ Venter and Dylan des Fountain for a try at the posts. 7-all after 26 minutes.

There was a drab time in the match when both sides kicked and kicked and the crowd grew restless.

Bax came sharply into the line and De Waal footed ahead to force a five-metre line-out for the Stormers. They won the line-out and then lost the ball and the Chiefs hoofed the ball downfield. Tonderai Chavhanga went to catch the ball but managed only to knock it into touch. Rugby is a game of consequences. The consequence of that action was line-out to the Chiefs somewhere near the half-way line.

The cobra struck again.

They threw in deep and played off the top a skip pass and Richard Kahui had the ball. He raced away from Peter Grant and gave inside to scrumhalf Toby Morland on his left and Morland scored near the posts. 14-7 and it was half-time.

The Stormers played better in the second half with the same result – they lost it 14-7.

It could have been different. Chavhanga went on a long swerving, accelerating run towards the left and then they went wide right where Dwayne Vermeulen beat Donald and raced down the right tramline with Tiaan Liebenberg outside of him. Vermeulen stayed in the tramline and in possession till Messam brought him down just short of the line.

The Chiefs attacked again and big Ben May was close and Messam actually over the line where he lost the ball forward.  Naqelevuki burst and De Waal and Bax were close. Then Mils Muliaina got the Chiefs attacking again. His kick forced a five-metre line-out for the Chiefs and then he was himself close to scoring so close that it took the TMO’s scrutiny to decide that he had just not made it.

When the Chiefs scored again it was a replica of their second try in the first half. Again a Stormer error – this time kicking a ball out on the full that had been taken back into the 22 – gave the Chiefs a comfortable line-out. Again they went wide to Kahui and again the big centre cut through. As he was tackled by Martin Muller he passed to Morland on his inside and again the scrumhalf scored at the posts. 21-7 after 64 minutes.

The Chiefs then went on a bonus-point hunt but the Stormers were resilient. Time was fading away when the King Cobra struck again. This time he did it himself. It was not from some clean cut with violins playing but rather a blast from the bassoon as he put his head down and drove through Venter and Morgan Newman to stretch out and score the try. That was the bonus point.

There were three minutes to play and in that time the Stormers attacked left, right and left again and Naqelevuki stumbled over for a try of characteristic laziness. Grant converted and the final whistle went.

It was a lively match but it sent out a loud message that this Chiefs side really is a good side. The Stormers ran their challenge at them but did not have the power up front to challenge them in scrums or line-outs or the intent to win the tackle.

Man of the Match: Richard Kahui – the best attacking force and the hardest defensive force on the field.

The scorers:

For the Stormers:
De Waal, Naqelevuki
Cons: De Waal, Grant

For the Chiefs:
Messam, Morland 2, Kahui
Cons: Donald 3, Delany


  • thanks for nothing, drips

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.05.09 08:21:23 by robdylan Reply
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  • “Naqelevuki stumbled over for a try of characteristic laziness.”

    He has a bigger beer boep than most of the props in the tournament. How he gets away with his laziness is mind boggling.

    Well done Stormers, you proved what losers you are. Losing is acceptable, in fact, Puke and the interviewer were both so proud of the Stormers after that result.

    Conceding a five pointer is somehow heroic in Cape Town.

    Throw them out and bring in the Southern Kings. Surely they’ll have more balls!

    This result really irks, and even more so, their response afterwards that somehow the Stormers had played like champs???

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.05.09 08:54:46 by Baldrick Reply

  • @Baldrick (Comment 2) : Got to agree, how can you laud mediocrity, they had a chance at winning that game, but somehow managed to throw it away. PDV is suddenly not looking so complacent. The Lions are coming and the majority of our guys are so tired they can hardly run!!

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.05.09 09:09:44 by Whindy Reply
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  • I just want to say that the Stormers ARE kak, BUT we cannot ecpect other teams to do US favours.

    We need to help ourselves rather than expect help from others.

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.05.09 09:36:29 by KSA Shark © Reply

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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 4) : It would be nice if they at least tried, I turned off halfway through the second half I was so disgusted, have to admit begrudgingly that old puke did play well!!

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.05.09 10:01:22 by Whindy Reply
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  • Why are Sharks fan expecting anything from the Stormers???

    Our team got us into this mess – they must get us back out again.

    Look was really good.

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.05.09 13:21:06 by Big Fish Reply
    Big Fish
  • Yes Watson is playing gOOd rugby at the moment.

    Just caNNot figure out in which position czan he make the international grade.

    I thought Peter Grant played well at 10- he lOOked like a pivot!

    He would be rather gOOde playing for the $harks?

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.05.09 14:43:46 by Oranje Orakel Reply

  • no the sorry thing is pdv will pack the boks with these losers.

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.05.09 15:47:50 by try time Reply

  • Pack the Boks??
    Dude the only players he will select will be Schalk, Bekker and Jean.

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.05.09 16:45:24 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 9) : funny, cos the last squad he chose there were 7 stormers players. two is enough from the current stormer squad.

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.05.09 16:57:10 by try time Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 9) : schalk doesn’t deserve a spot. he has beenn shocking all season.

  • Comment 11, posted at 03.05.09 16:58:21 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 10) :
    Last time he chose the squad we came 5th and just missed out on he semis. The players were selected on form.
    Remember he selected Adi from no where and yet the selection proved to be a good one. Lets wait until the squad is announced before jumping to conclusions…

  • Comment 12, posted at 03.05.09 17:20:34 by wpw Reply
  • As I said, the only thing you can rely on the Stormers for is screwing the Sharks over when they need them most.

  • Comment 13, posted at 03.05.09 18:07:55 by klempie Reply

  • 2.6km in 12:10 😕

  • Comment 14, posted at 03.05.09 18:08:27 by klempie Reply

  • Why are you depending on us to do you favours klemps??
    You should be winning your games insteadvof losing to the likes of the Reds and Cheetahs.
    You better hope you make the semis dude…

  • Comment 15, posted at 03.05.09 20:20:27 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 15) : Yes, yes. I agree with you that we should not be losing games to Cheetahs and Reds. However, with all the talent everyone brags about in the Stormers I don’t think asking for a leg up every now and then is too much to ask.

  • Comment 16, posted at 03.05.09 20:30:22 by klempie Reply

  • @wpw (Comment 12) : weeeeoooo touchy aren’t we. as i don’t want to see many stormers in the boks, i also don’t want to see a number of sharks. as hard as it is for me to say, the bulls are holding the form players. they are softening me up with their change in playing style. i actually prefer watching them play than the sharks and stormers at the moment. the gag reaction i get when i see the jersey is slowly disappearing.

  • Comment 17, posted at 04.05.09 07:55:15 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 17) :

    I think Pieter Rossouw has been doing a great job as backline coach.

    Wynand is playing well and so too the rest of the backline.

    Habana also seems hungry again.

    I think PDV might be forced to select Luke as well. He has been the Stormers’ best player this year.

  • Comment 18, posted at 04.05.09 08:06:35 by wpw Reply
  • @wpw (Comment 18) : actually i have to agree with you there. luke has played well. his only problem is he doesn’t link up with support, he goes it alone and gets isolated. he has played better than ryan though. luke would be a good super sub.

  • Comment 19, posted at 04.05.09 08:19:13 by try time Reply

  • Why am i not surprised. I stopped watching the Stormers two weeks ago. Its isn;’t worth the effort. Further more next season will be the first season since 1973 that me and the rest of family will not renewing our season tickets…

    Should give you a clear picture of what we think of the clunts who call Newlands home.

    As to the whiny Sharks fans, you really being dumb if you expect a team that has won 3 out of 11 to deliver a result in your favour…

  • Comment 20, posted at 04.05.09 08:49:46 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) : hey i never expected the stormers to help,so don’t tarnish me with that wide sweeping brush. i am to pessimistic to have such high expectations. the sharks need to do the work. 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 04.05.09 08:56:27 by try time Reply

  • @try time (Comment 21) : Indeed. It would be suicide to your campaign to rely on those clowns.

  • Comment 22, posted at 04.05.09 08:59:46 by Worcestershire Sauce Reply
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  • @Worcestershire Sauce (Comment 20) :

    Yip My sentiments exactly. We can’t exactly shift the blame for our 4th place on the log to you guys. 🙁

    Some WILL try though. 😛

  • Comment 23, posted at 04.05.09 09:04:18 by KSA Shark © Reply

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