Vodacom Super Rugby: Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Bulls, Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 10 May 2014 at 18:00
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Can the injury-ravaged Stormers put in a competitive performance in the North-South derby?

Kick-off at Loftus is at 19h10.

Bulls: 15 Jurgen Visser, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques du Plessis, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Marcel van der Merwe, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Werner Kruger, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Jacques Engelbrecht, 20 Wimpie van der Walt, 21 Rudy Paige, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 William Small-Smith.

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Damian de Allende, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Peter Grant, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Jean Kleyn, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Brok Harris.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Alistair Vermaak, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Deon Fourie, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Michael van der Spuy, 23 Devon Williams.


  • Hopefully this game will make us feel a little better about SA rugby. Luckily it can’t get much worse, so at least there’s that to look forward to.

  • Comment 1, posted at 10.05.14 18:51:04 by rhineshark Reply
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  • @rhineshark (Comment 1) : ja boet at least this game will produce a SA team victory! !!!!

  • Comment 2, posted at 10.05.14 19:06:48 by JD Reply
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  • So far just as kak… 🙁

  • Comment 3, posted at 10.05.14 19:16:15 by rhineshark Reply
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  • who to support…

  • Comment 4, posted at 10.05.14 19:17:35 by DBOY Reply

  • i think im gona fall asleep

  • Comment 5, posted at 10.05.14 19:20:41 by DBOY Reply

  • @JD (Comment 2) : I’m even doubting that! :mrgreen:

  • Comment 6, posted at 10.05.14 19:21:19 by rhineshark Reply
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  • yawning….

  • Comment 7, posted at 10.05.14 19:21:43 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 4) : Stormers. We’re going to need the gap between us and the Bulls to stay as big as possible.

  • Comment 8, posted at 10.05.14 19:23:04 by rhineshark Reply
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  • Wait are the Bulls challenging us 😉

  • Comment 9, posted at 10.05.14 19:24:32 by DBOY Reply

  • Not bad at all Stormers.

  • Comment 10, posted at 10.05.14 19:31:56 by uShaka Reply

  • most overrated centre ever looking good against Victor Koedoe kuite Matfields team

  • Comment 11, posted at 10.05.14 19:32:13 by DBOY Reply

  • Harris most improved centre of 2014

  • Comment 12, posted at 10.05.14 19:39:31 by DBOY Reply

  • Who’s the Bulls captain? Schalk taking all the limelight. Come on Vic.

  • Comment 13, posted at 10.05.14 19:41:05 by uShaka Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 12) : did he move from flyhalf to centre?

  • Comment 14, posted at 10.05.14 19:41:33 by JD Reply
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  • Bulls fwds showing some steel

  • Comment 15, posted at 10.05.14 19:41:37 by DBOY Reply

  • @JD (Comment 14) : yes he was afraid frans steyn would challlenge him for the bok jumper @ 10

  • Comment 16, posted at 10.05.14 19:42:36 by DBOY Reply

  • @DBOY (Comment 9) : Very possibly. I can’t see us winning too many more games.

  • Comment 17, posted at 10.05.14 19:48:25 by rhineshark Reply
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  • if they do we dont deserve to even compete in the final top six

  • Comment 18, posted at 10.05.14 19:51:46 by DBOY Reply

  • Craig Joubert manning up for the Bullarinas again

  • Comment 19, posted at 10.05.14 20:02:35 by benji Reply
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  • 15 – 12

  • Comment 20, posted at 10.05.14 20:11:09 by DBOY Reply

  • Streamers fwds not looking up to scratch

  • Comment 21, posted at 10.05.14 20:14:32 by DBOY Reply

  • This game is great to watch.

    Compared to the shit dished up this morning.

  • Comment 22, posted at 10.05.14 20:39:46 by SharksRTB Reply

  • @SharksRTB (Comment 22) : boet both teams contribute to a rugby game!!!! can’t just blame one team for a shit game!!!!

  • Comment 23, posted at 10.05.14 20:47:48 by JD Reply
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  • 28 – 12

  • Comment 24, posted at 10.05.14 20:54:42 by DBOY Reply

  • @JD (Comment 23) : Haha what are you trying to say about JW??

  • Comment 25, posted at 10.05.14 20:58:32 by uShaka Reply

  • How many tries to the Bulls

  • Comment 26, posted at 10.05.14 20:59:26 by Bokhoring Reply
  • Good day, all

    Not one of the best weekends for the Sharks so far, but at this stage I don’t think we should be too concerned. If we were using the last year’s log system where each bye = 4 points, then the log would look very different from the one we see now. Frankly, I am in favour of the last year’s log system as it reminds you off teams that have played fewer games than your team.

    Yes, the Reds play the Crusaders tomorrow, but for if we give both teams 4 points, for now (due to them laying less than some other teams), then this is the log on last year’s log system:

    1 Cell C Sharks 40
    2 Chiefs 39
    3 Western Force 39
    4 Brumbies 38
    5 Highlanders 38
    6 Crusaders 38
    7 Waratahs 37
    8 Hurricanes 34
    9 Blues 29
    10 Vodacom Bulls 28
    11 Melbourne Rebels 25
    12 Reds 24
    13 Lions 22
    14 DHL Stormers 19
    15 Toyota Cheetahs 16

    Make some interesting reading…

  • Comment 27, posted at 10.05.14 21:31:12 by BluffShark Reply

  • @uShaka (Comment 25) : I’m saying I would love the Sharks to score 10 tries every game but let’s be realistic:
    1. In the last 12 month the Sharks had three major changes to their coaching structures. Basically they had 4 deferent head coaches during this time. This means 4 deferent playing styles that the players had to adjust to.
    2. JW just started at the Sharks this year and must still adjust to the players and more importantly the players must adjust to him.
    3. Sharks had injuries to key players during the season losing first Pat and then Fred causing major disruptions at flyhalf and the back line.
    Yes it would be nice to win every competition you play but let’s be realistic and give JW and the Sharks time to settle before demanding perfection and bonus point galore. The Sharks already managed to win close games that in the past they would have lost. And look at the log the Sharks are still no 1 on both logs!!!!!

  • Comment 28, posted at 10.05.14 21:32:58 by JD Reply
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  • @JD (Comment 28) : They do say patience is a virtue i guess. But I still say that that 07 final against the Bulls has to be the bane of it all! It’s incredibly hard for a Sharks fan to wait another year, i mean it’s been 7 years now and it still feels like yesterday when Frans missed that kick for touch. *sigh*

  • Comment 29, posted at 10.05.14 21:58:03 by uShaka Reply

  • @uShaka (Comment 29) : yes it’s hard and don’t get me wrong I would love the Sharks to win Super rugby. Every defeat is hard to take, especially after a poor performance I’d love to kick the wife, kids and dogs, but sometimes I must take a chill pill and hope for something better next time.

  • Comment 30, posted at 10.05.14 22:42:27 by JD Reply
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  • @BluffShark (Comment 27) : you must be the only petson in favour of giving points for byes. It is easy enough to see the standings by looking at the log and seeing how many games the team has played.

  • Comment 31, posted at 11.05.14 08:04:01 by lostfish Reply
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  • @uShaka (Comment 29) : yes but he should have never neen given the responsibility. The coaches pulled the captain and senior players off the field. Even Smit lays the blame on Muir for his daft decisions.

  • Comment 32, posted at 11.05.14 08:06:16 by lostfish Reply
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  • Handre Pollard had a great game.

    He’s beginning to look like the real deal. And still under-20

  • Comment 33, posted at 11.05.14 13:48:36 by fyndraai Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 33) : he’s a huge talent, glad to hear he’s producing the results to match!!!!

  • Comment 34, posted at 11.05.14 17:12:17 by JD Reply
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  • @fyndraai (Comment 33) : If the Bulls did not persist with Fouche at the start of the tournament, they could have been in a better position.

    The Sharks need another 10-11 points to be safe from the Bulls. I think the Bulls will win all four their remaining games with possibly 1-2 bonus points – that should give them 45-46 log points. Ideally the Sharks need to win 4 out of their 5 remaining games to get around 52 which may just be enough to get a home semi, but 2 out of 4 plus two losing bonus points should be enough to squeak in front of the Bulls on points difference.

  • Comment 35, posted at 12.05.14 08:24:43 by Bokhoring Reply
  • @Bokhoring (Comment 35) : yes three wins will do nicely and will take Sharks out of the reach of the Bulls.

  • Comment 36, posted at 13.05.14 20:32:53 by JD Reply
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