Bulls hold off determined Stormers



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Bulls vs Stormers

The Bulls sit at the top of the table and are undefeated. Three weeks ago much of the talk in South Africa was that the Sharks and the Stormers were the two sides that could reach the final. After three rounds Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus spoke of resigning and the Stormers look like they are going backwards. How fast things have changed.

Head to Head: Played 11: Stormers 6, Bulls 4, Drawn 1
Last year: Bulls 16, Stormers 9 at Cape Town

Last five results

2008 Bulls won 16-9 Cape Town
2007 Bulls won 49-12 Pretoria
2006 Bulls won 43-10 Cape Town
2005 Bulls won 75-14 Pretoria
2004 Stormers won 11-25 Cape Town

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick off.


The match is underway.


3.00: The Stormers start well and put the Bulls under pressure in their 25. Steyn kicks up and clears the ball though.


4.00: The first time the Bulls get into the Stormers half they win a penalty. They choose to scrum.


7.00: The teams take to aerial ping pong and eventually Percy Montgomery of the Stormers wins the battle putting the Stormers into a good attacking position.


12.00: It’s tough stuff from both teams but kicking for territory is dominating the game.


16.00: A ball not thrown in straight results in a scrum. The Stormers win the scrum and boot the ball down field but the Bulls get back and clear the ball.


17.00: The Bulls find some space in the middle of the field. They get stopped by win a free kick. Du Preez takes it quick but gets caught.


21.00: Duane Vermeulen gets pinged for a free kick as he goes straight through the ruck. Bulls choose to scrum.


22.00: The Bulls have a strong run into the Stormers 25 which wins them a penalty. Du Preez chooses the tap and go. The Stormers moved too quickly so the move is reset. They move the ball to the middle and the Bulls again win a penalty. Du Preez says Steyn will go for posts.


24.00; Morne Steyn slots the penalty for the first points of the match.


29.00: The capacity crowd start to become agitated with all of the kicking that the teams are doing.


31.00; The Stormers get on the board as Willem De Waal slots a drop goal to even the scores.


36.00: Schalk Brits gets shows a yellow card for playing the ball on the ground. Steyn slots the resulting penalty for the Bulls.


40.23: Zane Kircher boots the ball out after he hears the siren.


The half time score was Bulls 6 Stormers 3


The second half is underway.


Bakkies Botha is on for the Bulls. Danie Rossouw looks to be off.


44.00: Willen de Waal tries to go for the drop goal but it gets charged down. The Bulls try to run the ball, Spies has a run but is caught by Koster. Try saving tackle.


45.00: Good ball from the Bulls sees them win a free kick. Du Preez takes it quick and he fires the pass out to Wynand Olivier who flys off for the line.


48.00: As he gets to the line he swirls in the tackle and dots the ball down for the first try of the match.


48.00: Morne Steyn misses the conversion.


50.00: Good running ball at pace for the Stormers which ends with de Waal taking another shot at a drop goal but he misses.


51.00: Willem de Waal comes off for the Stormers and Peter Grant comes on which will probably result in a very different game plan for the Stormers.


53.00: The Bulls up the pace of the game and swing it from side to side and then back to Morne Steyn who fires over the drop goal.


59.00: Victor Matfield of all people puts in a grubber for JP Nel but the replay shows he got the ball down after it went into touch.


63.00: Deon Fourie shows a great turn of pace as he busts through two tackles to score the Stormers first try.


64.00: Peter Grant slots the conversion and the Stormers are within four points.


70.00: The Stormers have been envigorated by that try and they are pressing hard at the Bulls.


72.00: The Bulls press forward at the Stormers and as they get to within 15 m they give away a free kick.


76.00: Luke Waston fires off the back of the scrum with a sniping run as he takes two loosies with him but the Bulls defence gets back and stops them.


79.00: The Bulls are defending by attacking and exhaustion is taking its toll.


80.09: The siren goes for full time. Morne Steyn boots the ball into touch and its over.


Full report to follow.


The full time score is Bulls 14 Stormers 10


Tries -Wynand Olivier
Penalties -Morne Steyn 2
Conversions –
Drop Goals -Morne Steyn

Tries -Deon Fourie
Penalties –
Conversions -Peter Grant
Drop Goals -Willem De Waal
Cards – Yellow (36) Schalk Brits


Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kick off: Saturday 7 March, 5pm
Referee: Craig Joubert (SA)
Ass. Refs: Mark Lawrence (SA), Sindile Mayende (SA)
TMO: Johann Meuwesen (SA)
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel



Zane Kirchner; Akona Ndungane, JP Nel, Wynand Olivier, Gerhard van den Heever; Morn’ Steyn, Fourie du Preez (capt.); Pierre Spies, Pedrie Wannenburg, Deon Stegmann, Danie Rossouw, Bakkies Botha, Werner Kruger, Chiliboy Ralepelle, Gurthr’ Steenkamp.

Replacements: Derick Ku’n, Rayno Gerber, Victor Matfield, Jacques Burger, Heini Adams, Burton Francis, Jaco Pretorius.


Percy Montgomery, Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers , (capt.), Nick Koster, Willem De Waal, Ricky Januarie, Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, AJ Venter, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, Wicus Blaauw.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Adriaan Fondse, Francois Louw Dewaldt Duvenage, Peter Grant, Sireli Naqelevuki.

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