Super Rugby

Stormers beat Bulls in Cape Town




The Stormers have played the Bulls 29 times in Super Rugby since 1998. The Stormers have won 17 matches, drawn one and lost 11

Therefore the Stormers have won 59% of their matches against the Bulls from Pretoria.

  • The Bulls will be looking to defeat the Stormers twice in a single campaign for the first time after picking up a 33-23 win when they met in Round 7 this season.
  • Each of the Stormers’ last 10 games has been won by the home team on the day; the Stormers have won four games in that time.
  • The Bulls have won their last two South African derbies away from home; the last time they won more was a three-game streak in 2013.
  • The Bulls have won the most lineouts per game (15) of any team this season, with the highest success rate (92%).
  • Siya Kolisi has made an average gain of 6m per carry this season, the most of any forward to have made at least 50 carries (58 carries for 350m).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a sunny Newlands for this South African derby.

2.00: Siya Kolisi makes his 100th Super Rugby appearance today.

2.00: Chris van Zyl thinks he’s scored but the TMO chalks off the lock’s try because of a forward pass by Dewaldt Duvenage to Van Zyl before he crossed the line.

5.00: The Stormers beasts the Bulls’ pack. Duvenage picks up the spilt ball and sends an inverted left-hand pass to Damian Willemse. The flyhalf threads himself through the gap to score the opening try. 5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! Willemse converts his try. 7-0

9.00: Willemse kicks a monster penalty across the field and into the Bulls’ half.

10.00: The Stormers win another scrum-penalty; that’s two from two. Willemse kicks to the corner.

11.00: TRY! Wilco Louw powers over from close range. The Stormers battered the Bulls defence before finally, they cracked and the prop was over. 12-0

12.00: MISS! The kick from Willemse is wide. 12-0

14.00: The Stormers are all over the Bulls, who just can’t find any reprieve from the onslaught.

15.00: The Bulls are pinged at a ruck, then again for offsides. Kolisi points to the poles.

16.00: MISS! Willemse’s kick is wide. 12-0

18.00: Glen Jackson awards the Bulls a rare penalty which Handre Pollard launches into the opposition’s half.

20.00: TRY! Lood de Jager finds another hole and ghosts through the Stormers midfield. De Jager is becoming legendary for his nose for a gap. His offloading is Barrettesque, too. 12-5

21.00: CONVERSION! Pollard adds the extras. 12-7

24.00: The Stormers win another scrum-penalty. Steven Kitshoff and Louw are eating the Pretoria pack.

25.00: Pieter-Steph du Toit knocks on with his team on the charge towards the try-line. Poor from Du Toit.

27.00: Ramone Samuels is singled out by referee Glen Jackson for collapsing the scrum: strange call.

28.00: Marco van Staden wins the penalty at the ruck. The Bulls are hanging in here. Pollard kicks deep into the opposition’s half.

29.00: Sikhumbuzo Notshe is pinged for collapsing the maul; the Bulls kick to the corner. The Stormers are under the pump.

31.00: The Bulls go nine phases before Jackson penalises them for going off their feet at the breakdown. It’s a very soft penalty and a let-off for the home team.

33.00: The Bulls have turned things around and are starting to dominate the game. However, another promising move comes to nought with a handling error.

33.00: YELLOW CARD! Ramone Samuels is sent to the bin for a late tackle on Pollard.

34.00: PENALTY! Pollard slots the long-range penalty. He needed somebody to hold the ball on the tee because the wind is blowing a gale. 12-10

37.00: The momentum has swung in favour of the away team. The Bulls have been superb after their dismal start saw them go 12-nil down in the 12th-minute.

39.00: The Stormers have a lineout, but substitute hooker Siyabonga Ntubeni needs to find his jumper in this swirling wind.

41.00: The hooter sounds. Andre Warner attempts to kick the ball into the stand, but his kick does not go out. Instead, it is caught by Johnny Kotze, who runs the ball out.

The halftime score was Stormers 12 Bulls 10

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Cape town after an absorbing first-half.

43.00: The Bulls are on an early attack inside the Stormers 22, but Damian de Allende clears the danger.

45.00: The Bulls have an attacking lineout on the Stormers 5m.

48.00: TRY! Jason Jenkins takes Warner’s pass and is in for the Bulls’ second try. They were camped on the Stormers line and made their possession count. 12-15

49.00: CONVERSION! Pollard adds the extras. 12-17

50.00: TRY! The restart kick is taken and the Stormers move it out wide quickly to Marais. The fullback ghosts through a gap along the edge of the pitch, and goes all the way. Wow! 17-all

51.00: CONVERSION! Willemse gives his team another lead. 19-17

53.00: PENALTY! Marais slots the long-range kick to extend his team’s lead. 22-17

54.00: The game is opening up early, after the break.

56.00: Raymond Rhule and Pollard contest for the ball, but it’s the flyhalf who loses it forward. Scrum to the Stormers.

57.00: Big scrum by the Bulls; they win the ball and clear to touch.

59.00: The Bulls are starting to take control of the match.

61.00: Robbie Fleck’s men take over possession and are marching into the opposition’s half.

62.00: TRY! Samuels is over for the Stormers. It came from some smart offloading after De Allende’s carry near the goal line. 27-17

63.00: CONVERSION! Willemse adds another two points. 29-17

65.00: The Bulls win a penalty and Pollard finds touch inside the Stormers’ 22. The visitors need a score to give themselves any chance.

66.00: both teams are starting to empty their benches.

68.00: The Stormers scrum is – again – dominating the Bulls pack, winning another penalty.

70.00: The home team is in complete control, and they have an attacking lineout close to the goal-line.

72.00: Time is running out for John Mitchell’s men, but they are attacking inside the Stormers’ half.

75.00: The Bulls keep making handling errors, but somehow, get possession of the ball back. This time the Stormers knock on, giving their rivals a scrum.

76.00: The Stormers win a penalty, and clear the danger.

77.00: The Bulls have a penalty and waste no time in taking the quick tap – the match is beyond their reach now but they are still a chance of salvaging a bonus point.

80.00: The Bulls keep coming. The hooter sounds and the ball is kicked out. The away team steal the lineout and launch one last attack.

81.00: The ball is in touch. Game over.


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The final score: Stormers 29 (12) Bulls 17 (10)


Tries – Willemse, Louw, Marais, Samuels
Pen – Marais
Con – Willemse (3)
Drop –
Cards – Samuels (Yellow, 33′)

Tries – De Jager, Jenkins
Pen – Pollard
Con – Pollard (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 1: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 2: Rasta Rasivhenge
TMO: Willie Vos



15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla.


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Johnny Kotze, 13 Jesse Kriel, 12 Burger Odendaal (captain), 11 Divan Rossouw, 10 Handre Pollard, 9 Andre Warner, 8 Thembelani Bholi, 7 Jason Jenkins, 6 Marco van Staden, 5 Lodewyk de Jager, 4 Rudolph Snyman, 3 Trevor Nyakane, 2 Adriaan Strauss, 1 Lizo Gqoboka.

Replacements: 16 Jaco Visagie, 17 Nqobisiwe Mxoli, 18 Conrad van Vuuren, 19 Hendre Stassen 20 Roelof Smit, 21 Ivan van Zyl, 22 Manie Libbok, 23 Travis Ismaiel.

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