The Stormers The official website for the DHL Stormers Sat, 23 May 2015 19:49:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers too good for Rebels Sat, 23 May 2015 19:09:25 +0000 The hosts led by 18-7 at half-time to register their ninth win of the season – a valuable victory with just three regular-season matches remaining in 2015.

The DHL Stormers will host the Cheetahs back at DHL Newlands next Saturday (May 30), before entertaining the Lions on June 6 and finishing their league fixtures against the Sharks on June 13.

Tonight’s win was made possible by tries from inside centre Damian de Allende and right-wing Dillyn Leyds, the latter crossing for valuable tries either side of half-time, with flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis missing just one shot at goal to end with 16 points from his deadly boot.

De Allende’s try came after a bright start from the home side was turned into scoreboard pressure, the kick-chase of Cheslin Kolbe – after a good run down the left by Seabelo Senatla – seeing the ball end up in the DHL Stormers’ hands and the burly No.12 diving over unopposed.

Catrakilis converted to make it 10-0 after 25 minutes, before the Rebels hit back with a try of their own through outside centre Dom Shipperley, which was converted by Mike Harris.

Catrakilis extended his team’s lead to 13-7 with his second penalty goal of the night, before Leyds – the official Vodacom Man of the Match – pounced to score an intercept try just on half-time, the hosts having been put deep into enemy territory via a raking Catrakilis touch-finder.

The DHL Stormers’ No.10 opened his team’s tally early in the second half, before Leyds crossed in brilliant fashion in the 47th minute for his second try, courtesy of a brutally powerful DHL Stormers scrum, to put the game out of the visitors’ reach – after Catrakilis’ conversion – at 28-10.

The hosts were unable to cross for a fourth, bonus point try in the end – despite their best efforts – but the win saw them move to 38 points on the log; two points ahead of the Lions and three points ahead of the Bulls.

The DHL Stormers are also third on the overall log, with the Waratahs having kept their noses in front thanks to their win earlier today over the multiple-champion Crusaders.

For the DHL Stormers:
Tries: De Allende, Leyds 2
Cons: Catrakilis 2
Pens: Catrakilis 4

For the Rebels:
Tries: Shipperley, English
Con: Harris
Pen: Debreczeni

The teams:

DHL Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Juan de Jongh (vice-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Schalk Burger, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Rebels: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Cam Crawford, 13 Dom Shipperley, 12 Mitch Inman, 11 Tom English, 10 Jack Debreczeni, 9 Nic Stirzaker, 8 Scott Higginbotham (captain), 7 Scott Fuglistaller, 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Lopeti Timani, 4 Luke Jones, 3 Paul Alo-Emile, 2 Pat Leafa, 1 Cruze Ah-Nau.
Replacements: 16 Tom Sexton, 17 Keita Inagaki, 18 Laurie Weeks, 19 Cadeyrn Neville, 20 Colby Fainga’a, 21 Luke Burgess, 22 Jordy Reid, 23 Bryce Hegarty.

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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Q&A with Nizaam Carr Sat, 23 May 2015 12:04:21 +0000 What can you tell us about the virus that affected you earlier in the season?
“It was a bit of a mystery. I saw a number of doctors and they couldn’t quite put their finger on it, which is why I spent three days in hospital. It felt like a mixture of fever and flu, while my breathing was also affected. I went through a tough time. It obviously put me back. I didn’t have much of an off-season because of the Springbok tour and then I was sick in pre-season. I also wasn’t fit enough to play in the warm-up games, so I had to try and regain my fitness off the substitutes’ bench.”

How do you feel now?
“I feel healthy and back to my old self!”

There have been some promising glimpses from you in recent games.
“I’m getting there. I haven’t had enough starts to regain my confidence as a result of the knock-on effect of the virus. To say it’s been a great season so far would be wrong. I’m a firm believer that you play well if you regularly start matches. It’s tough to fight your way back into the side, but that is the nature of rugby. I just have to embrace the challenge. The other guys have been doing really well and I accept that one shouldn’t break combinations that are working. I prefer giving credit where it’s due rather than complaining.”

It must be important for a guy who plays the same position as an in-form Duane Vermeulen to be a team player?
“It’s difficult to get into the side because I’m competing with some of the best loose forwards in the country. If one of us slips a notch, someone else will get his nose ahead. That’s how serious the competition is. At the same time, it’s a privilege to be able to learn from world-class loosies such as Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger and Siya Kolisi.”

How was your experience with the Springboks in November?
“It was the best feeling ever and exceeded my expectations! I believe it will happen again; I just have to be patient and work hard to get back there.”

How difficult will it be to make the World Cup squad?
“Very! We all know how many world-class loose forwards there are in South Africa. There will probably only be five loose forwards in the 31-man squad for the World Cup. Let’s see what happens!”

How does it feel to be closing in on 50 games for the DHL Stormers?
“It’s been a rollercoaster ride, but when I look back it’s all been worthwhile. A 50th match would be a special achievement. I’m not just representing myself, but also my family and religion. It’s big for me and I know they are all proud of me.”

What have your highlights been for the DHL Stormers thus far?
“I remember my first match against the Blues at DHL Newlands like it was yesterday. The 2014 season was also massive because it was my breakthrough year and I started regularly. The match against the Cheetahs at DHL Newlands in 2012, when I tore my knee ligaments, is also significant as it played a part in shaping me as a person. It taught me the value of hard work and dedication. You also gain the perspective that everything can be taken away from you in a split second, so you should try to cherish every moment.”

How does the team feel about its Super Rugby campaign thus far?
“There’s an increasing belief we can do really well. It was a good call by management to allow us to rest the whole of last week because our bodies had been taking strain. We’re all in a good space.”

Are you finding that opponents are keeping a closer watch on you these days?
“Yup! When I get my hands on the ball these days, I immediately have a few defenders closing my space. At this level, teams analyse you closely. They know what foot you step off, how you carry the ball, how good a tackler you are, your ability on the ground, and so forth.”

How do you relax away from rugby?
“The best way to spend my free time is with family because they play a huge role in my life. They are the reason I am where I am today.”

DHL Stormers Matchday Magazine

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Leier van formaat Sat, 23 May 2015 11:58:43 +0000 Dit was vir baie ‘n verrassing toe die DHL-Westelike Provinsie se afrigter, Allister Coetzee, verlede jaar vir Juan de Jongh as kaptein aangestel het vir hul Absa Curriebeker-veldtog.
Teen einde-Oktober het ondersteuners egter soos een man hul koppe in erkenning geknik. Coetzee het raak gevat.

De Jongh se ontwikkeling is ‘n trappie verder geneem met sy aanwysing as onderkaptein vir die DHL-Stormers se Vodacom Superrugby-veldtog. Dit was veral ‘n sleutel-aanstelling omdat Duane Vermeulen by tye gerus sou word.

Voorts werk dié leierskombinasie baie goed.

“Ek voel die kombinasie van my en Duane werk perfek in terme van ‘n balans handhaaf tussen dissipline en ‘n bietjie vryheid,” sê De Jongh.

“Duane is opreg, sê ‘n ding soos dit is en beklemtoon werketiek. Ek sal seker maak die ouens is ontspanne sonder dat hulle die dissipline prysgee. Dis nie ‘n goeie ding wanneer ‘n span gespanne is nie, want spelers sal in hul doppe kruip.

“Hopelik groei ek en Duane as kombinasie. Ons moet ook die leiers van die toekoms soos Nizaam Carr en Damian de Allende op die regte koers hou.”

De Jongh is op 27 nou die ‘ou man’ van die DHL-Stormers se agterlyn.

“Dit kom met groot verantwoordelikhede,” sê hy.

“Ek het in die verlede baie na ouens soos Jean de Villiers en Bryan Habana gekyk vir rigting. Hulle het diep spore getrap. Nou is dit my beurt om terug te ploeg en my kennis aan jonger spelers oor te dra.”

De Jongh beklemtoon die belangrikheid van ‘n “familiekultuur” in die span.

“Of dit nou goed of sleg gegaan het, het ons binne die sirkel op mekaar staatgemaak vir ondersteuning,” sê hy.

Dis straks daardie benadering wat daarvoor gesorg het dat onervare spelers vanjaar kon stempel afdruk.

“Met die afskop van die reeks het baie mense gedink die DHL-Stormers gaan nie onder die voorste spanne tel nie. Dit gaan egter redelik goed. Ons staan sterk in die Suid-Afrikaanse konferensie,” sê De Jongh.

“Daar is spelers in hul debuutjaar en ander in hul tweede seisoen van Super-rugby. Ons het goeie kombinasies en daar is ‘n paar senior manne wat die jonges kan help deurdruk.”

Behalwe daarvoor dat hy sy rol as leier goed vervul, lewer De Jongh óók uitstekende spel in die middelveld saam met Damian de Allende.

“Ons speel lekker saam en is boonop baie goeie vriende van die veld af. Dis belangrik om daardie kombinasie verder te ontwikkel,” sê De Jongh.

Etlike kenners meen hulle kan nog in groen en goue-truie saam speel.

De Allende se goeie balverspreiding en vermoë om die bal in kontak uit te gee kan die beste uit die vlugvoetige De Jongh haal.

Dis egter meer as net sy voetwerk waarvoor De Jongh geloof word. Hy gee nie ‘n tree terug op verdediging nie.

“Ons beklemtoon steeds die belangrikheid van verdediging en soos die res van die spelers put ek baie trots daaruit,” sê hy.

“Jy kan egter nooit tevrede wees met jou spelpeil nie. Dis belangrik dat ek aanhou skaaf aan elke aspek van my spel – óók aanval en my bydrae by die afbreekpunte.”

De Jongh het voor gedraf vir die DHL-Stormers toe hulle die Waratahs en Force in Australië geklop het. Dit het hul toer ‘n sukses gemaak nadat hulle in Nieu-Seeland teen die Highlanders en Hurricanes kleigetrap het.

Hulle het voor hul vertrek ook teen die Chiefs op DHL-Nuweland verloor.

“Ons het vasgeval teen die Nieu-Seelandse spanne. Dis egter nie asof ons swak was nie. Teen die Chiefs was ons tot voor die laaste halfuur eintlik baie goed,” sê De Jongh.

“Die Hurricanes het ons in die eerste helfte onder druk geplaas, maar ons was uitstekend in die tweede helfte. Dit het baie selfvertroue gevestig.”

Die DHL-Stormers het toe 17 onbeantwoorde punte aangeteken, maar hul agterstand van 3-25 met rustyd het beteken dat hulle met 20-25 verloor het.

Nietemin het die goeie tweede helfte in Wellington hulle met die selfvertroue toegerus om die Waratahs, Force en Bulle op agtereenvolgende naweke te klop.

Die nederlaag van 17-25 teen die Cheetahs in Bloemfontein was onverwags, maar dit het ook die weg gebaan vir die DHL-Stormers om hul karakter te wys deur die Brumbies die volgende week met 25-24 te verslaan.

Dít nadat hulle op ‘n kol met 3-16 agter was.

“Ek is trots op die span se karakter,” sê De Jongh. “Ons het besef dat ongeag die teenstander, ons kan wen. Dis egter belangrik dat ons vir die volle 80 minute ons bes lewer.”

Amathemba eStormers neSpringboks aku Juan de Jongh

Ukuba ngokwenene iStormers zizakufika kwiplay-offs zokuphiswano lwe Super Rugby kulo nyaka, uJuan de Jongh uyakuba yenye yezizathu zalonto.

Ibinguye lo wakwa De Jongh othe wakhokhela iqela leWestern Province kulonyaka uphelileyo xa bephumelela indebe ye Currie Cup.

Sezibonakalisile uDe Jongh kulonyaka ukuba ongomnye wabadlali abagqamileyo phaya esuswini kwaye engoyena mdlali ongathatha indawo ka Jean de Villiers kwiqela lesizwe.

Ayingomdlalo ka De Jongh qha osematheni, nendlela athe wakhokhela ngayo iqela leStormers kulo nyaka ngexesha bebephesheya libanike ithuba lokuba zintshatsheli zekomfa yase mzantsi kwaye no kubethelela indawo yabo kwiplay-offs.

uDe Jongh uzanawo namava wokuba ngumdlali kwiqela lesizwe ngo2011 kwindebe yomhlaba eNew Zealand, yiyo lonto inguye imphendulo umqeqeshi wesizwe uHeyneke Meyer asikhangelayo ukuvala indawo ka Jean de Villiers owenzakeleyo.

Emva koba iStormers zothuse umzi kuleveki iphelileyo ngobethwa ziCheetahs eBloemfontein, kuzo funeka abadlali abafana noDe Jongh umkhokheli weStormers uDuane Vermeulen namagqala oSchalk Burger bazibonakalise futhi xa iqela labo lijongana neBrumbies eNewlands.

Onke amathemba eStormers ajonge kwabadlali abafana noDe Jongh, ingalilo necebo elihle ukuba neqela lesizwe lingathembela kuye kulo nyaka wendebe yomhlaba.

DHL Stormers Matchday Magazine

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Stadium rules reminder: DHL Stormers v Rebels Fri, 22 May 2015 14:06:42 +0000 The day’s action will get underway at 16h30, with DHL Western Province hosting the Blue Bulls in their 2015 Vodacom Cup semifinal fixture, before the DHL Stormers face up to the Rebels in a massive Vodacom Super Rugby clash.

* Match tickets, priced between R80 and R140, can still be purchased ahead of Saturday’s matches at DHL Newlands – either online, at, or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite & Checkers stores nationwide.

Some important points for spectators to remember ahead of Saturday, May 23 (2015):

– The DHL Newlands Box Office will open from 09h00 (until kick-off), for ticket sales and collections.
– The Box Office – and stadium shop – will close for approximately ten minutes for the two team bus arrivals on matchday at +/- 17h40/45.
– As per rule No.14 (of the DHL Newlands Stadium Rules), “Only small, personal umbrellas, with no sharp points – i.e. with a blunt rubber tip only – will be allowed into the stadium”.
– (As per rule 10) WP Rugby shall be entitled to refuse admission to, or to eject from the Ground, any person whose behaviour or conduct could in the reasonable opinion of WP Rugby constitute a source of danger, nuisance or annoyance to spectators or other persons.
– Obviously intoxicated individuals will either be declined entry to the ground or removed from the ground.
– Please ensure you sit in your allocated seat(s). If there are any problems, please ask your nearest stand official/security guard.
– Smoking is not permitted on the stands and is allowed only in the designated areas. This includes any and all forms of smoking, including but not limited, to electronic cigarettes and smoking devices.
– Braaiing is not allowed in car parks near the stadium, nor in the DHL Newlands parking garage. (No open flames of any sort are allowed.)


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Stat attack – DHL Stormers v Rebels Fri, 22 May 2015 08:41:52 +0000 The Rebels have never won in South Africa, losing all eight so far, picking up just two losing bonus points in the process and conceding an average of 40 points per game.

– The Rebels’ only victory outside Australia was earlier this season, when they beat the Crusaders in Christchurch in the opening round of the competition.

– In total, the Rebels have won only two matches out of 17 against teams from South Africa, both in Melbourne – in 2013 against the DHL Stormers (30-21) and last year against the Toyota Cheetahs (35-14).

– This weekend will see the Rebels’ second visit to Cape Town – their last match at DHL Newlands finished in a 26-21 win for the DHL Stormers, with the visitors scoring three tries to two.

– The DHL Stormers are on a four-match winning streak against Australian opposition, despite trailing at half-time in two of these matches. Their longest winning run against Aussie teams is seven (2011-13).

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DHL Stormers and adidas do it for charity Fri, 22 May 2015 07:12:12 +0000 On May 9, the day before Mother’s Day, the DHL Stormers took on the Brumbies at DHL Newlands in once-off jerseys adorned with pink roses in honour of their mothers and the women of South Africa.

For two days after the nailbiting match, where the DHL Stormers beat the Brumbies by 25-24, five of the players’ jerseys went on auction on Twitter, with all proceeds being pledged to Sisters Incorporated, a charity supporting abused women and their children.

“We auctioned our match day Mother’s Day jerseys on Twitter and were overwhelmed by the response that we got from our fans,” said DHL Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen.

“The five jerseys raised R78,000 for Sisters Incorporated and we are proud to be able to make a difference to the lives of the women and children who call the charity home.”

In addition to the R78,000 raised through the Twitter auction, adidas (the DHL Stormers’ technical and apparel sponsors) then went on to pledge a further R22,000 to bring the donation to R100,000.

“It was a real storm in a teacup with the special edition jersey creating quite a stir on social media and amongst fans,” said Adrian de Souza, Head of Rugby at adidas South Africa.

“Whether you loved it or hated it, the jersey created great conversation and achieved its aim of paying tribute to mothers and women and raising an amazing amount of money for Sisters Incorporated.”

Sisters Incorporated is a charity based in Cape Town which was established in 1959. It acts as a safe house for abused women and their children and helps the women get back on their feet by supporting them and helping them with training and skills development. The organisation also offers a safe place to call home, counselling and access to medical care and schooling for the children.

The Twitter auction included the jerseys of Duane Vermeulen, Siya Kolisi, Damian de Allende, Nic Groom and Schalk Burger using the @adidasZA handle and the players’ individual bidding hashtags (#bidDuane, #bidSiya, #bidDamian, #bidNic, #bidSchalk).

“Besides the money that we raised, the Storm in a Teacup campaign also aimed to say thank you to all the mothers and women of South Africa – including our own moms – and it was a real honour to play in a jersey inspired by the women in our lives,” said a proud Vermeulen.


* A limited number of replica jerseys are still available at selected sports retail stores in the Western Cape.

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Senatla to wing it for DHL Stormers Thu, 21 May 2015 11:03:58 +0000 Senatla will start in the No.14 jersey – with Johnny Kotze missing out – in one of just three changes from the starting XV that beat the Brumbies at DHL Newlands a fortnight ago.

DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told the website: “It’s great to welcome Seabelo back from SA Sevens duty, as he did for us last season (before also going on to play in the Absa Currie Cup).

“He’s keen and excited to get stuck back in, as he said when he arrived back in the country, and Seabelo knows what we expect from him and why we have selected him – after all, he is quality player and he trained well today.

“Johnny Kotze has done remarkably well for us, as a stand-in No.14 for us, and I’m pleased with his attitude and work ethic. But, in the same breath, Seabelo is an out and out winger and we look forward to seeing how he goes.

“As the season nears its business-end, it’s nice to be able to build our squad capacity,” added Coetzee.

“(Flanker) Mike Rhodes must still come back and so too (winger) Kobus van Wyk and of course Seabelo is now back with us – these are essentially nice and healthy problems to have.”

In other changes, meanwhile, Louis Schreuder comes in for Nic Groom at scrumhalf and Scarra Ntubeni will start at hooker ahead of Bongi Mbonambi.

“The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team,” warned Coetzee.

“We need to pitch up for this weekend’s match – we need to bring attitude and ensure our physicality is spot-on. This is a much-improved Rebels team; they’re well-coached and we know we’re in for a tough time of it on Saturday.”

* Match tickets, priced between R80 and R140, can still be purchased ahead of Saturday’s matches at DHL Newlands – with DHL Western Province hosting the Blue Bulls in the 2015 Vodacom Cup semifinals beforehand (kick-off 16h30) – either online, at, or from Computicket outlets and Shoprite & Checkers stores nationwide.

The DHL Stormers team to face the Rebels (home) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Seabelo Senatla
13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Dillyn Leyds
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Duane Vermeulen (captain)
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Schalk Burger
5. Manuel Carizza
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Scarra Ntubeni
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Bongi Mbonambi
17. Ali Vermaak
18. Vincent Koch
19. Jean Kleyn
20. Nizaam Carr
21. Nic Groom
22. Kurt Coleman
23. Huw Jones

Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Rodney Boneparte (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)

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DHL Stormers injury report – 18/05/15 Mon, 18 May 2015 11:41:02 +0000 Johnny Kotze sat out Monday’s afternoon session with a minor niggle, whilst fellow wing Kobus van Wyk remains on track for the Lions match on June 6.

Tickets for Saturday’s Vodacom Super Rugby clash between the DHL Stormers and the Rebels can be purchased from – with prices starting at R80 for standing and seating prices ranging between R90 and R140.

The full DHL Stormers injury report (18/05/15):

– Wing Johnny Kotze (ankle stiffness) took part in the morning session today but sat out the afternoon session. He is not in doubt for this weekend.
– Flanker Michael Rhodes missed training with a cold but will hopefully join team training soon as he nears his comeback from a hamstring injury.
– Centre Jaco Taute will play Vodacom Cup rugby (DHL Western Province are in the semifinals) as his comeback from a knee injury continues to gather momentum. He has now played two games in a row for DHL WP.
– Wing Kobus van Wyk (knee) is still on track for the Lions match, having started pitch-side running today.


On Seabelo Senatla’s potential return from SA Sevens duty:

“We will need to take a look at him, to see where he is at mentally and physically, but we could give him off this week to energise him before getting him back into the mix.

“I want to ensure that he is 100% ready and in the right frame of mind before making a call on him (selection-wise) and we will see him on Tuesday.”

On facing the Rebels at DHL Newlands this Saturday:

“The Rebels have beaten the Crusaders and the Brumbies away this year, so it shows their capacity as a team. We’ve had a good bye, with three big games coming up at DHL Newlands, but it’s all about this weekend and getting the victory.

“We need to get certain things right again, and we’ve looked at that, so it’s more about ensuring we are strong and better as a team rather than worrying about our opponents.”

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2015 Super Rugby review – Rd 14 Sun, 17 May 2015 18:55:48 +0000 It was the first time in more than eight years that four South African teams lost to sides from the other side of the Indian Ocean on one weekend.

In Round 9 in 2007, on 30 and 31 March, the Toyota Cheetahs, Cell C Sharks and Vodacom Bulls all came up short in tour matches Down Under, against the Highlanders, Force and Hurricanes respectively, while the Emirates Lions were beaten at home by the Brumbies.

Round 6 in 2008 and Round 8 in 2014 saw three South African defeats offset by a solitary draw against opposition from Australasia.

Just more than a month ago, in Round 9, four Australian lost on one weekend – three of them against South African opponents – when the Force went down to the Toyota Cheetahs in Perth, the Waratahs lost to the DHL Stormers in Sydney, the Reds were beaten by the Vodacom Bulls in Pretoria and the Brumbies came up short against the Blues in Auckland.

A similar scenario with New Zealand teams happened 15 years ago, in Round 12 in 2000, when all five of their sides lost to teams from South Africa and Australia.

On Friday morning, the Vodacom Bulls had to be happy with a losing bonus point in their first tour match as they went down by 23-18 to the Blues in Auckland.

Saturday kicked off with the Cell C Sharks losing in Sydney to the defending champion Waratahs (33-18), while the Emirates Lions lost in Johannesburg to the Brumbies (30-20) and the Highlanders were too for the Toyota Cheetahs in Bloemfontein (45-24).

The DHL Stormers had a bye this weekend, as they did way back in 2007 when their four South African counterparts also lost.

Blues 23 (16) Vodacom Bulls 18 (13)

The Vodacom Bulls only have themselves to blame for not kicking their Vodacom Super Rugby Australasian tour off on a winning note when they were beaten by 23-16 by the Blues in Auckland on Friday morning.

It was the Bulls’ eighth successive defeat Down Under, but it was a game they could and should have won against a team that has been struggling this year.

The Men from Pretoria struggled to put points on the board in the first half, where they dominated territory and possession. Despite being in firm control of the match, the Vodacom Bulls actually trialled 16-13 at the break.

The Vodacom Bulls’ defence was a bit shoddy and their kicking game also did not come off in Auckland. They looked dangerous at times and Jan Serfontein scored two good tries for the visitors, but it was not enough on a disappointing evening for the three-time champions from Pretoria.


Blues: Tries: Lolagi Visinia, George Moala. Conversions: Ihaia West (2). Penalty goals: West (3).
Vodacom Bulls: Tries: Jan Serfontein (2). Conversion: Handré Pollard. Penalty goals: Pollard (2).

Waratahs 33 (13) Cell C Sharks 18 (6)

Waratahs flyhalf Bernard Foley scored 23 points as the Cell C Sharks went down by 33-18 against the defending champions from New South Wales in Sydney on Saturday.

The visitors can hold their heads high though – the final score was probably not a fair reflection of the contest and they certainly didn’t have the ball bounce in their direction, while still making too many defensive errors.

The match started in the worst possible way for the Cell C Sharks when Waratahs centre Adam Ashley-Cooper went over in the first minute, but the Durbanites never gave up.

Two well-worked tries in the second half by Odwa Ndungane – following some quick thinking by Lionel Cronje who cross-kicked a penalty and caught the home team napping – and Frans Steyn saw the Sharks close the gap to 20-18 with 20 minutes to go.

They were still in it late in the game, but Foley scooped up the ball in the 80th minute following another handling error by the Sharks to give the Waratahs their eighth successive home win over the team from KwaZulu-Natal.


Waratahs: Tries: Adam Ashley-Cooper, Teqele Naiyaravoro, Bernard Foley. Conversions: Foley (3). Penalty goals: Foley (4).
Cell C Sharks: Tries: Odwa Ndungane, Frans Steyn. Conversion: Steyn. Penalty goals: Steyn (2).

Emirates Lions 20 (6) Brumbies 30 (22)

The Emirates Lions ran into some strong Brumbies defence at Emirates Airline Park in Johannesburg as they went down by 30-20 to the Australian Conference leaders.

The same thing that has been happening to the Lions in recent weeks, happened again on Saturday – despite a solid start, they found themselves behind on the score board at the break.

The Brumbies scored three quick tries midway through the first half, with the home team not converting their opportunities into points.

This week however, the visitors held out in the second half and despite tries by Jaco Kriel and Andries Coetzee late in the game, the Lions simply never had enough left in the tank to trouble the Brumbies, who took a full-house of five log points home from Johannesburg.


Emirates Lions: Tries: Jaco Kriel, Andries Coetzee. Conversions: Elton Jantjies, Jaco van der Walt. Penalty goals: Jantjies, Ruan Combrinck.
Brumbies: Tries: Tevita Kuridrani, Ita Vaea, Christian Lealiifano, Joe Tomane. Conversions: Lealiifano (2). Penalty goals: Lealiifano, Jesse Mogg.

Toyota Cheetahs 24 (3) Highlanders 45 (26)

The Highlanders started like a house on fire as they kept their unbeaten record in South Africa against the Toyota Cheetahs intact with a 45-24 victory at the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.

The visitors from New Zealand had their try-scoring bonus-point in the bag after half an hour, with debutant Ryan Tongia crossing for a brace of tries in the first 20 minutes. Ten minutes into the second half the Highlanders had scored six tries and were leading by 38-3.

That was roughly when the Cheetahs finally woke up from their slumber.

Three tries in seven minutes by Ryno Benjamin, Carl Wegner and Francois Venter gave their supporters a little bit of hope that they might claw their way back into the match, but the founds another gear late in the match as Ben Smith dotted down for their seventh try to put the result beyond any doubt.


Toyota Cheetahs: Try: Carl Wegner, Francois Venter, Ryno Benjamin. Conversions: Francois Brummer (3). Penalty goal: Brummer.
Highlanders: Tries: Aaron Smith (2), Ben Smith, Gareth Evans, Patrick Osborne, Ryan Tongia (2). Conversions: Lima Sopoaga (4), Marty Banks.

Other results – Round 14:

Reds 46 Rebels 29
Hurricanes 22 Chiefs 18

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Jano Vermaak to join WP Rugby Fri, 15 May 2015 16:27:35 +0000 The 30-year-old will make the move back to South Africa from French giants, Toulouse; joining Nic Groom, Louis Schreuder and Godlen Masimla as the senior scrumhalf options for the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province.

The quicksilver Vermaak won three Test caps for the Springboks in 2013, making his debut against Italy on June 8 (2013), before also featuring against the Wallabies and the All Blacks.

WP Director of Rugby Gert Smal commented on “Jano is a quality signing and not only will he add some quality to our halfback resources, but he will also be able to pass on all his experience to Nic, Louis, Godlen and our younger No.9s (like Justin Phillips).

“His rugby CV speaks for itself, but Jano is also a great team man. His signing is a positive step for us at WP Rugby.”

Vermaak, who has also represented the Lions and the Bulls in South Africa with much success, added: “I have been watching with interest how the DHL Stormers and DHL Western Province have performed and achieved so much success over the past few seasons.

“I would love nothing more than adding to that success, but I am also very excited to be joining this young team and working with an already talented group of players.

“I remain committed to Toulouse, but once I have finished the season here I look forward to returning home and giving my all for Western Province Rugby.”

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