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Stormers beat Bulls in Cape Town

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Article Published: Saturday 31 March 2012|

The Stormers are the only unbeaten Super Rugby team thus far this season and they are also the only team to have secured no bonus points.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off.
0.00: Morne Steyn gets proceedings under way at Newlands as he kicks off for the visitors. He kicks the ball directly into touch and the Stormers have a put in at the scrum on half way.
2.00: The Bulls are awarded a penalty inside the Stormers' half after the Stormers are pinged for illegal binding and Steyn kicks for touch.
3.00: The Bulls begin to build phases and gain territory as they move into the Stormers' half. The Stormers' defence is solid as ever and the Bulls lose momentum as they lose the ball forward.
5.00: The Stormers are awarded a penalty just on their 10m line and Joe Pietersen kicks a great touch-finder.
6.00: The Stormers gain momentum off the back of their lineout but are penalised 5m out after Siya Kolisi goes off his feet at the breakdown.
9.00: The Stormers do well to gather after a sloppy lineout on their own 22. A brilliant break by Bryan Habana and a solid offload to Gio Aplon sees the home side gain 50m. They are awarded a penalty directly in front of the posts and Pietersen will line up a shot at goal.
11.00: Pietersen bangs over the kick to give the Stormers the lead.
12.00: The Bulls work their way back into the Stormers' half but the home side affects a turnover and get themselves out of jail.
14.00: Steven Kitshoff is penalised at scrum time and Morne Steyn opts to kick for the corner.
16.00: The visitors get a throw in at a lineout just inside the Stormers' half. They gain momentum off a kick down field from Steyn but they lose the ball just 2m out and the Stormers are able to clear.
19.00: The Bulls set up a rolling maul and are able to get just 2m out. They go wide in desperate search of a hole in the Stormers' defence but Juandre Kruger is penalised and the Stormers breathe a sigh of relief as Pietersen kicks for touch.
21.00: Tempers are flaring in this local derby. Habana is interfered with in the air by Dean Greyling and the Stormers are awarded a penalty just on half way. Pietersen kicks for touch.
24.00: The Bulls get a put in at a scrum just inside their own 22 and are able to relieve the pressure as Steyn punts the ball down field.
25.00: Kruger is penalised for not rolling away and Pietersen will kick for posts from 45m out.
26.00: Pietersen bangs over the kick and the Stormers extend their lead.
28.00: The Bulls work their way into the Stormers' half and begin to build phases. They are awarded a penalty and Steyn will take a kick at posts.
29.00: The Newlands crowd is more vocal than ever. Steyn's kick is unsuccessful and the Stormers retain a 6-0 lead.
30.00: Zane Kirchner is penalised for tackling Aplon in the air and Pietersen opts to kick the ball down field but it is not kicked into touch.
31.00: The Bulls immediately concede another penalty and this time Pietersen is able to find touch. The Stormers have a put in at a lineout just inside the Bulls' half.
34.00: Kruger is penalised yet again, this time for a late tackle. Pietersen takes a shot at goal 40m out and it is successful.
36.00: The Bulls are penalised for a dangerous tackle just inside the Stormers' 22. Pietersen kicks for touch.
37.00: Pietersen attempts a drop kick but it drifts wide and the score remains 9-0.
39.00: The Stormers gain momentum and are able to drive over the line. Tiaan Liebenberg dots down for the Stormers' first try.
41.00: Pietersen misses the conversion as the whistle sounds for half time.
The half time score was Stormers 14 Bulls 0.
40.00: Pietersen kicks off to get the second half under way in Cape Town.
41.00: The Bulls are penalised and Flip van der Merwe receives a yellow card for pulling Eben Etzebeth down in the lineout. Pietersen kicks for touch.
43.00: The Stormers start to string together phases just inside the Bulls' half but the visitors' defence is resolute. Pietersen looks to kick down field but his kick is charged down.
45.00: Zane Kirchner runs over 40m after a Stormers' pass is intercepted by Francois Hougaard. Kirchner kicks down field and chases but Bjorn Basson is able to gather and score the Bulls' first try.
46.00: Steyn adds the extras with the conversion.
48.00: The Bulls are awarded a penalty as Rynhardt Elstadt is pinged for not releasing. Steyn lines up a kick at goal.
50.00: Steyn's kick sails over to reduce the deficit.
51.00: The Stormers are penalised for not releasing and Steyn kicks for touch. The Bulls get a throw in at a lineout just on the Stormers' 22 and look to gain momentum.
55.00: The Stormers get a put in at a scrum about 10m out from their own line. The Bulls are penalised for illegal scrummaging and Pietersen kicks for touch.
57.00: The Stormers get a put in at an attacking scrum 15m inside the Bulls' half. They look to build phases off the back of the scrum as they gain valuable metres inside the Bulls' 22.
60.00: Greyling is penalised at the breakdown and Pietersen will take a kick at goal directly in front of the uprights.
61.00: Pietersen bangs over the kick and the Stormers extend their lead.
63.00: The Bulls get an opportunity to reciprocate immediately through the boot of Steyn as the Stormers are penalised at the breakdown within their own half.
64.00: Steyn misses the penalty kick and the home side retains a 7-point lead.
66.00: The Bulls work their way into the Stomers' 22 through decent phase play. Wynand Olivier makes a classy break down the touch line to score in the corner for the visitors.
68.00: Morne Steyn adds the conversion to level the scores.
74.00: The Stormers get a put in at a scrum just inside the Bulls' half. The Bulls are penalised in the process and Peter Grant will have a kick at posts.
76.00: The Newlands crowd goes beserk as Grant bangs over the kick. The Stormers regain the lead.
78.00: The Stormers are gaining momentum inside the Bulls' half as they string together several phases and look to gain territory. They set up a rolling maul and wind down the clock within the Bulls' 22.
80.00: Louis Schreuder punts the ball into touch as the hooter sounds to hand the Stormers the victory.
The final score is Stormers 20 (14) Bulls 17 (0).


Tries - T. Liebenberg
Pen - J. Pietersen 4, P. Grant
Con -
Drop -
Cards -

Tries - B. Basson
Pen - M. Steyn
Con - M. Steyn 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 1: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2: Cobus Wessels (South Africa)
TMO : Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)


15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean De Villiers (c), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (vc), 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff.

Reserves: 16. Deon Fourie, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Nic Koster, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard van den Heever.

15. Zane Kirchner, 14. Akona Ndungane, 13. Johann Sadie, 12. Wynand Olivier, 11. Bjorn Basson, 10. Morne Steyn, 9.Francois Hougaard, 8. Pierre Spies (c), 7. Jacques Potgieter, 6. CJ Stander, 5. Juandre Kruger, 4. Flip van der Merwe, 3. Werner Kruger, 2. Chiliboy Ralepelle, 1.Dean Greyling.

Reserves: 16. Bongi Mbonambi, 17. Frik Kirsten, 18.Wilhelm Steenkamp, 19. Arno Botha, 20. Jano Vermaak, 21. Louis Fouche, 22. JJ Engelbrecht.

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