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As it happened: Stormers v Bulls

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MAN-OF-THE-MATCH

Stormers loose forward Nizaam Carr received the best player award.


KEY STATS

Metres run: Stormers 393-247 Bulls
Carries: Stormers 128-89 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Stormers 13-14 Bulls
Clean breaks: Stormers 2-3 Bulls
Tackles made: Stormers 100-125 Bulls
Tackles missed: Stormers 14-13 Bulls
Turnovers won: Stormers 13-8 Bulls
Kicks in play: Stormers 40-33 Bulls
Rucks won: Stormers 97-61 Bulls
Rucks lost: Stormers 7-8 Bulls
Mauls won: Stormers 3-7 Bulls
Lineouts won: Stormers 10-14 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Stormers 7-1 Bulls
Scrums won: Stormers 8-5 Bulls
Scrums lost: Stormers 2-0 Bulls
Penalties: Stormers 12-17 Bulls


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FULL-TIME: Stormers 16-0 Bulls

Well done to the Stormers. They thoroughly deserved their win against an error prone Bulls side, who are now out of the running for the Super Rugby playoffs.


80'- Nothing on for the Stormers as Schreuder boots it out to end the game.


79'- This game has now petered into a pretty dull affair. The Stormers have one last lineout just inside their own half.


TWEET

This game is as bad to watch as the force reds game. Players dropping the ball with no pressure. Who are the skill coaches? - David Campese


77'- Potgieter appears to have passed his concussion test as he comes back on to replace Pollard again.


75'- JJ Engelbrecht breaks through the Stormers defence to bring play into the Stormers 22m area, but he then knocks it on. That was really the first time I saw Engelbrecht tonight. No surprise though as all the Bulls have done is kick.


74'- Sithole replaces Vermaak at prop for the Stormers.


73'- One positive for the Bulls in this game is the way they turned their scrums around. They have completely dominated there in the second period.


72'- A Super Rugby debut for Seabelo Senatla, who replaces Stormers wing Cheslin Kolbe.


72'- Coleman's penalty hits the posts, but the Bulls struggle to deal with it. Handling errors, and errors in general just costing the Bulls tonight. They are done...


71'- The Stormers win a kickable penalty when the Bulls are pinged for obstruction. Coleman will line up, about 20m in field...


71'- Pollard is back on for the Bulls, as Potgieter goes off for a concussion test.


PICTURE

Bulls skipper Victor Matfield... (Gallo Images)


69'- The Bulls win another tighthead at scrum time, but they are forced to run it out from inside their own half - something they're not used to and they promptly lose possession...


67'- Stormers subs: Schreuder on for Groom and Carizza on for Carr.


67'- OFFICIAL ATTENDANCE

33 563 fans at Newlands tonight!


66'- Grant has replaced Tagicakibau in midfield for the Stormers.


65'- Aplon pounces on a dropped ball inside his own territory to sprint 50m up field. He is hauled in, but the Stormers are back inside the Bulls area...


65'- Burger penalised for taking Basson out in the air. He is not happy, but the right call was made there.


64'- Kolisi is on for the Stormers, Vermeulen off. Carr will move to No 8.


63'- Yet another penalty won on the ground by the Stormers. This time it's Nizaam Carr. And again, the Bulls go away from the Stormers 22m area empty handed...

The Bulls got a chance when Coleman failed to handle a high ball inside his 22m area. He called for a mark, but because he juggled it, he was not allowed to take the mark...


61'- Bongi Mbonambi and Jacques Louis-Potgieter now on for the Bulls. Visagie and Pollard replaced.


59'- Liebenberg is now permanently on at hooker for the Stormers, with Fourie off. Top notch game from Fourie.


58'- Incredible defence from the Stormers keep the Bulls out. Schalk Burger was immense there as he wins a penalty on the ground to bring relief...


57'- A dominant Bulls maul from a lineout leads to a penalty for the visitors. They opt for a five metre lineout...


TWEET

Bulls fans wondering why they cant get any momentum...same thing they've ignored all season. Getting lessons at the breakdown ssrugby - Brenden Nel


54'- Rain has started to belt down here at Newlands now...

It's almost a torrential downpour.


52'- SECOND HALF POSSESSION

Stormers 29%
Bulls 71%


51'- A brilliant break in midfield by Hougaard almost leads to a try, but his pass goes awry and the Stormers can breathe. For the moment.


50'- The Stormers scrum is really under pressure now. Something was said in the Bulls camp at the break...


TWEET

Has Matfield ever blown a bigger gasket with a referee? - Rob Houwing


48'- The Bulls have taken both their props off. Their fans will be happy to see the back of Greyling especially...


47'- Matfield is again furious with the referee, but he's got no case there...


46' - Bulls scrum working well now. They win a tighthead inside the Stormers 22, but Duane Vermeulen then wins a penalty to again bring relief for the hosts...


TWEET

Oh Dean Greyling! Bulls discipline awful, already on the wrong side of the ref after Matfield's 1st-half argument with Craig Joubert - Ken Borland


45'- A brilliant turnover won on the ground by Carr brings relief for the home side in front of their own posts...


44'- Another kickable penalty to the Bulls, but they opt for the lineout instead...


43'- The Bulls win a scrum penalty right in front of the posts, but the penalty is then reversed when Dean Greyling goes and slaps Deon Fourie in the face afterwards. How clever is that from the Springbok prop...?!


42'- Stormers perhaps lucky not to concede a penalty when Rhodes taps down a Bulls pass in midfield. But only a scrum given...


PICTURE

Schalk Burger on the charge... (Gallo Images)



41'- Piet van Zyl is on at scrumhalf for the Bulls. Ndungane is off, with Hougaard shifting to wing.


18:01 - Welcome back for the second half! Pollard starts proceedings...


QUOTE

"(Dean) Greyling is a perennial scrum offender," says in studio SuperSport pundit Nick Mallett.


FIRST HALF STATS

Metres run: Stormers 218-77 Bulls
Carries: Stormers 85-28 Bulls
Defenders beaten: Stormers 11-6 Bulls
Clean breaks: Stormers 1-1 Bulls
Tackles made: Stormers 35-85 Bulls
Tackles missed: Stormers 6-11 Bulls
Turnovers won: Stormers 6-2 Bulls
Kicks in play: Stormers 16-11 Bulls
Rucks won: Stormers 65-20 Bulls
Rucks lost: Stormers 3-3 Bulls
Mauls won: Stormers 2-2 Bulls
Lineouts won: Stormers 4-5 Bulls
Lineouts lost: Stormers 3-1 Bulls
Scrums won: Stormers 5-3 Bulls
Scrums lost: Stormers 0-0 Bulls
Penalties: Stormers 5-9 Bulls


HALF-TIME: Stormers 16-0 Bulls

An utterly dominant first half by the hosts. The Bulls are lucky to be only 16 points down.


39'- PENALTY slotted by Coleman.

Stormers 16-0 Bulls


37'- Kickable penalty for the hosts when Callie Visagie is again penalised at ruck time. Coleman to line up from about 25m in from touch, just outside the Bulls 22m area...


35'- Stormers hooker Deon Fourie is off for a concussion test, with Tiaan Liebenberg on for the moment.


34'- Aplon follows up on a brilliant chip kick in behind the Bulls defence, but then gets penalised for not releasing the ball when tackled...

Poor call by the referee though, Aplon clearly wasn't held there...


32'- Another lineout error by the Bulls when Visagie throws in skew on halfway. Matfield cuts a frustrated figure...


TWEET

Loose forwards are ball carriers and nothing else. Doesn't matter what happens at the breakdowns. Bullslogic - Ruck&Droll


29'- A crucial error from Bulls fullback Beyers as he kicks out directly into touch just outside his own 22m area...


28'- The Stormers have really pitched physically for this game. The Bulls look a bit shell-shocked...


TWEET

Bulls scrum is getting absolutely demolished! When last did we see something like that? Bring on Bongi and Marcel we'll see the difference - KZN Rugby News


QUOTE

"Victor, do not attack me," referee Craig Joubert tells a furious Victor Matfield after the latter complained about calls made by the referee.

Disgraceful behaviour from the Bulls captain, who showed the referee no respect there.


24'- Pollard makes a mistake by kicking the ensuing kick-off out directly...


24'- PENALTY slotted by Coleman.

Stormers 13-0 Bulls


23'- Matfield is furious and complains to Joubert that he's missing a lot of indiscretions.


22'- The Stormers win a penalty right in front, but Nic Groom decides to take a quick tap... 

They don't score but referee Joubert says the Bulls weren't back 10 metres.


21'- A rare lost Bulls lineout puts the hosts back on attack inside the red zone...


20'- A chance for the Stormers goes begging when Ndungane wins a penalty on the ground close to his own tryline. The Bulls backs are playing a fetcher role for them here today it seems...


18'- Another Bulls penalty conceded at scrum time. Dean Greyling pinged for not scrumming straight.


18'- Aplon is tough and gets back up to take his position at right wing.


17'- Aplon brilliantly catches a high ball, but stays down injured. Referee Craig Joubert immediately blows his whistle out of concern for the player...


15'- A brilliant restart from Pollard sees Ndungane chase and catch it in the air... However, obstruction mere moments later sees the Bulls concede another penalty...

Callie Visagie penalised for running in front of Matfield. Second mistake of the afternoon from Visagie.


14'- CONVERSION by Coleman.

Stormers 10-0 Bulls


13'- TRY to the Stormers!

A magnificent score by the Stormers. Jaco Taute finishes after a brilliant break in midfield from Coleman, who off-loaded to Carr, who in turn drew a defender to put Taute away.


TWEET

Wonder how many ex province gents in bulls team today - visagie, hattingh, hougaard, pollard, jj... - Brenden Nel


11'- The first scrum of the game collapses, but it's the Bulls who are penalised...


10'- The Bulls have made 35 tackles to the Stormers' 8 in the first 10 minutes!


8'- Francois Hougaard wins a penalty on the ground right in front of his own posts to bring relief for the Bulls. Maybe he can play a fetcher role for them?


8'- Matfield steals a Stormers lineout on the 22m line, but the hosts then win back possession...


6'- Deon Fourie proving a menace on the ground early on for the Bulls as he wins a penalty just inside his own half. Former Bulls stalwart Burger Geldenhuys earlier this week predicted the Bulls could struggle in this department...


5'- The Bulls already making their intentions clear early on. They will kick it high and chase all day long...


4'- PENALTY comfortably slotted by Coleman.

Stormers 3-0 Bulls


3'- Only some stern defence keeps the Stormers from scoring, but the hosts win a kickable penalty for a high tackle on Juan de Jongh. Callie Visagie the culprit...


1'- A solid start by the Stormers as they set up several phases inside Bulls territory...


17:05 - Stormers No 10 Coleman starts play...


TWEET

Not nearly as cold as it threatened to be and likely to be dry for the whole game. As per usual these days, a fairly scarce crowd ... - Front Row Grunt


17:03 - Large portions of the crowd boos the Bulls as they appear on to the Newlands turf...

A massive roar for the home side.


17:02 - Stormers No 8 Duane Vermeulen will play today. There was some doubt over his fitness during the week. He has played every game this season. He should be rested. Don't be surprised if he pulls up injured...


17:01 - The Bulls are in their away khaki, camouflage kit today, with the hosts in their traditional blue and white...


PICTURE

Full blown contact for the Bulls in the warm up ... - Front Row Grunt



HEAD-TO-HEAD (since 1998):

Bulls v Stormers: won 9, lost 11, 1 drawn, points for 502; points against 460.


LATE CHANGE TO BULLS LINE-UP

Fullback Jurgen Visser has sustained a groin injury during the Bulls' warm-up and has been replaced by Ulrich Beyers.


PICTURE

Stormers reserve flyhalf Peter Grant warming up before kick-off... (Gallo Images)



CONDITIONS

It's a cold and rainy day in Cape Town, although the sun has come out here at Newlands. We can still expect a slippery field though.


QUOTES

"If you put on the Bulls jersey there should be purpose. There is a lot of history in the jersey. There is still a small chance and we can only control what we can control. We can’t be there unless we win our game and that keeps us in the race. If we don’t win the game there is nothing for us. It is a very important game for us and there is a lot of purpose for us," said Bulls captain Victor Matfield.


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OFFICIALS

Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


RECENT RESULTS

2014: Bulls won 28-12, Pretoria
2013: Stormers won 30-13, Cape Town
2013: Bulls won 25-17, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 19-14, Pretoria
2012: Stormers won 20-17, Cape Town
2011: Bulls 19-16, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 23-13, Pretoria


TEAMS:

Stormers

15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak

Substitutes: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Seabelo Senatla

Bulls

15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling

Substitutes:16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Morné Mellett, 19 Marvin Orie, 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Piet van Zyl, 22 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 23 William Small-Smith


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