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Stormers secure home semi final


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Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 21 Jun 2011 at 08:59
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The Stormers sealed their place in the Super Rugby semi-finals with a 44-34 victory over the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein on Saturday night and have also earned a much needed break by ending second on the log.

As with most of the Cheetahs games this year, it was a high scoring affair with defense and structure taking a bit of a backseat while all the players, forwards and backs alike, taking part in giving the ball some air. Unfortunately this game followed a brutal crunch match between the Bulls and Sharks and it lacked the same intensity and didn’t provide nearly the same entertainment/stress factor, also contributing was some poor handling and decision making from both teams leading to quite a few points being left on the field.

The Stormers welcomed back Peter Grant from a month long injury layoff and he didn’t take too long to shake the rust off, with his goal kicking very accurate he contributed 24 points with his boot. His opposite number Sias Ebersohn also impressive with the boot and more so with his distribution and running, he kicked over all four conversion opportunities and also added 2 penalties to his tally as well as kicking a perfectly weighted cross kick for Rayno Benjamin to pounce on to score, as well as some good linebreaks.

There were four tries scored from either team, with Benjamin going over for a hattrick thanks to looking for work all over the park, with Davon Raubenheimer adding the Cheetahs other try. The Stormers got their tries through Gio Aplon (after a lovely break from Duane Vermeulen) swerving and accelerating beautifully to score. Juan de Jongh, Nick Koster and a slightly fortuitous Bryan Habana also managed to cross the whitewash, two of those tries coming from strong hand-offs. Speaking of Habana, he had a very good game contributing all over the field, cutting down on his error rate and making some important tackles, here’s hoping his form keeps growing in time for the TriNations and Rugby World Cup.

Only 10 points separated the two teams in the end, but the result was never really in question with the Stormers seemingly always in control, while they’ll be less than happy with their defense, leaking an uncharacteristic four tries, where going into this game they had only conceded 14 tries in 15 matches, something they’ll need to look at for the semi-final especially since they’ll be missing their defensive kingpin Vermeulen who was stretchered off after 51minutes with what has since been diagnosed as a knee ligament injury that has ruled him out for 6-9 weeks.

Schalk Burger was once again immense in his work rate, as was Vermeuelen before he was forced to leave the field, Juan de Jongh yet again made a case for why he should be starting with some solid defense and sniping runs and decent distribution, while newbie scrumhalf Louis Schreuder did very well in his run on debut. Ashley Johnson was well marked by the Stormers, they dedicated a few players to him every time he was near the ball, perhaps why the Cheetahs managed to find so many holes to exploit outside him.


26 Comments

  • Stormers!!! WOOHOO!! 😈

  • Comment 1, posted at 21.06.11 09:00:31 by wpw Reply
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  • Duanes injury is a big one. Koster isn’t one for the tight exchanges

  • Comment 2, posted at 21.06.11 09:02:44 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Was this the 1st time the Stormers conceded 4 tries in a game?

  • Comment 3, posted at 21.06.11 09:07:58 by Pokkel Reply
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  • @Pokkel (Comment 3) : I think so, yes

  • Comment 4, posted at 21.06.11 09:20:18 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • Siya Kolisi called up to the Stormers squad.What a boykie.

  • Comment 5, posted at 21.06.11 09:24:22 by Clayton(PJLD) Reply
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  • @Clayton(PJLD) (Comment 5) :

    Thread is up thanks to Richard! 😉

  • Comment 6, posted at 21.06.11 09:30:18 by wpw Reply
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  • Sharks to meet the Stormers again in Cape Town!

  • Comment 7, posted at 21.06.11 09:30:41 by Viking Reply
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  • @Viking (Comment 7) :

    NOT gonna happen I’m afraid.

    You will have to beat the Saders, Reds/Blues first and all of those away from home. 🙄

  • Comment 8, posted at 21.06.11 09:34:51 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 8) : sharks won’t need to play blues.

    There is also a small matter of stormers beating blues/waratahs before they get to the final!

  • Comment 9, posted at 21.06.11 12:37:46 by Greg Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 9) :

    Easy peasy!! 😈 😉

  • Comment 10, posted at 21.06.11 12:45:06 by wpw Reply
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  • @wpw (Comment 10) : Well it’s at home, so should make it easier, but won’t be a walk in the park!

  • Comment 11, posted at 21.06.11 12:48:40 by Greg Reply

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  • Vermeulen was very unlucky. First exciting bit of play in 3 seasons and he then gets injured.

    Stormers weren’t too focused, hence the Cheetahs scoring so many. They marked Johnson out of the game, but Sias and Benjamin made great use of the extra space.

  • Comment 12, posted at 21.06.11 12:50:37 by Big Fish Reply
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  • Cheetahs have the abiltiy to find holes in any defence..

  • Comment 13, posted at 21.06.11 12:55:40 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 11) : Having said that, stormers/blues at newlands, blues lead head to head 4-2, in Auckland, it’s 4-4.

    stormers/waratahs at newlands stormers lead 5-3, and at Sydney, it’s 3-3, so home ground is not such an advantage for stormers.

  • Comment 14, posted at 21.06.11 12:57:30 by Greg Reply

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  • jdj and r ebersohn could be an exciting centre combo(not now but for when jf moves on)..but I suppose the thinking will be they are too small as a combo..
    So what if the stormers let sadie go up north and go after the ebersohn twins..?

  • Comment 15, posted at 21.06.11 13:01:26 by bergshark Reply

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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : what is that I see? A compliment for Vermeulen?? Surely not.

  • Comment 16, posted at 21.06.11 13:02:42 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 16) :
    I can give credit when its due. Here’s a sugar lump for Seabiscuit…

  • Comment 17, posted at 21.06.11 13:15:31 by Big Fish Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : 😆 :mrgreen:

  • Comment 18, posted at 21.06.11 13:25:54 by wpw Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 12) : hahaha i mean duene vermuelen is a defence machine i was totally shocked to see him attacking like that phew he must be surely looking forward to the tri nations NOT he is injured unlucky big duene

  • Comment 19, posted at 21.06.11 13:29:58 by Muzi Reply

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  • @Greg (Comment 14) : I’d rather the Blues than the Tah’s, Aussie teams always seem to cause us more heartbreak. Although we did klap them in a semi last year.

  • Comment 20, posted at 21.06.11 13:32:59 by molly Reply
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  • @Big Fish (Comment 17) : 😆

  • Comment 21, posted at 21.06.11 13:33:29 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 20) : For that to happen you will have to hope the Sharks klap the Saders. Or else you guys get the Saders in the semi.

  • Comment 22, posted at 21.06.11 13:39:40 by Ben Reply
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  • @Ben (Comment 22) : haha, sorry, I thought that was an assured result 😉

  • Comment 23, posted at 21.06.11 13:42:52 by molly Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 23) : For sure, the Sharks are HUGE favourites. But as you saw on Saturday. Miracles still happen!!! 😉

  • Comment 24, posted at 21.06.11 13:44:38 by Ben Reply
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  • @molly (Comment 23) :

    hahahaha 😈

  • Comment 25, posted at 21.06.11 14:19:47 by wpw Reply
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  • Vermeulen has stepped up for me this season..never really noticed him,but could be because I didn’t want to lol

  • Comment 26, posted at 21.06.11 14:44:34 by bergshark Reply

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