The Stormers The official website for the DHL Stormers Fri, 24 Apr 2015 12:50:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers v Bulls – it’s a sell-out! Fri, 24 Apr 2015 07:00:06 +0000 The match gets underway at 19h10 and spectators are reminded of the DHL Newlands Stadium Rules ahead of this all-South African Derby.

Important points for spectators to remember ahead of Saturday, April 25 (2015):

– In light of the game being sold out, spectators are encouraged to arrive at the ground well before the 19h10 kick-off.
– The DHL Newlands Box Office will open from 14h00, until kick-off, for collections ONLY!
– 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 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 consitute 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 Bulls Thu, 23 Apr 2015 16:01:55 +0000 - In 23 matches between the DHL Stormers and the Vodacom Bulls – since 1998 – the DHL Stormers have won 13 and lost nine, with one match ending in a draw (in Cape Town in 2000).

– The Vodacom Bulls have not won in Cape Town since June 11, 2011 when they beat the DHL Stormers by 19-16. It’s one of only three wins for the team from Pretoria at DHL Newlands – having lost seven games, with one draw.

– The last five meetings between these traditional rivals have been by eight or more points, with the DHL Stormers winning three and the Vodacom Bulls two.

– A losing bonus point has not been scored in any of the last five meetings between these South African rivals.

– The last time one of these teams scored a try-scoring bonus point against the other, was on May 15, 2010 when the DHL Stormers beat the Vodacom Bulls by 38-10 in Cape Town, scoring four tries in the process.

– The DHL Stormers have scored four or more tries on three occasions against the Vodacom Bulls (1998, 2001 and 2010). The Men from Pretoria have done it four times (2002, 2005, 2006 and 2007).

– The last time the DHL Stormers hosted the Vodacom Bulls, the Capetonians won 16-0, which is the lowest scoring game either side has been involved in. That was the third time the DHL Stormers had reduced a side to zero points and the fourth time the Bulls had failed to score a single point in Vodacom Super Rugby.

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Captain Vermeulen returns for Bulls clash Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:55:27 +0000 Vermeulen missed the final two weeks of the DHL Stormers’ Super Rugby tour as part of the SA Franchises’ rest agreement with SA Rugby, but his return marks one of four changes to the starting line-up that defeated the Western Force in Perth last Saturday.

Two of the four changes are injury enforced, with Johnny Kotze and Pat Howard (on debut) replacing the injured wing duo of Kobus van Wyk (knee – six weeks) and Dillyn Leyds (shoulder – one week), respectively. Howard will make his Super Rugby debut, with Kotze set to win his sixth cap.

Nizaam Carr moves to the bench to make way for Vermeulen’s expected return to action, whilst the fourth and final change sees Nic Groom take over at scrumhalf from Louis Schreuder, who, like Carr, reverts to the bench.

Joining Carr and Schreuder amongst the replacements is prop Oli Kebble, with Ali Vermaak – along with Sikhumbuzo Notshe – doing duty for the DHL Western Province Vodacom Cup team this weekend.

Looking ahead to Saturday’s clash, which is already a near sell-out, DHL Stormers coach Allister Coetzee told the website: “It doesn’t get much bigger than a North-South Derby at DHL Newlands, does it?

“The Bulls are the SA Conference leaders, they have six Springboks in their pack and six in their backline with three more on the bench. It’s a powerful team and a team that has won six out of their last seven games – we’re expecting a Test-match like battle on Saturday.

“We know we weren’t at our best last weekend, but we have had to train smartly in this short week to make the necessary improvements and adjustments in our game against this strong Bulls team.”

* Tickets are almost sold out for this match already, but there is still standing room available and some individual seats too.

Supporters can visit to snap up those remaining match tickets, whilst scholars season tickets, at just R170 for the entire year, are still available!

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

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Johnny Kotze
13. Juan de Jongh (vice-captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Pat Howard (On Super Rugby debut for the DHL Stormers)
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Nic Groom
8. Duane Vermeulen (captain)
7. Siya Kolisi
6. Schalk Burger
5. Ruan Botha
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Bongi Mbonambi
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Scarra Ntubeni
17. Oli Kebble
18. Vincent Koch
19. Jean Kleyn
20. Nizaam Carr
21. Louis Schreuder
22. Kurt Coleman
23. Huw Jones

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Jason Jaftha (South Africa), Francois Pretorius (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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DHL Stormers injury report – 21/04/15 Tue, 21 Apr 2015 15:10:21 +0000 Van Wyk limped off the field in the 29th minute of Saturday’s hard-fought Vodacom Super Rugby clash in Perth (won 13-6 by the DHL Stormers) and he will be unavailable until June.

Fellow wing Dillyn Leyds sat out training on Tuesday (the DHL Stormers’ first training session of the week since returning from Australia), but squad captain Duane Vermeulen – fresh off his two-week rest period – rejoined squad training at the HPC in Bellville.

The DHL Stormers, in second place on the SA Conference log, will host the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands this coming Saturday (kick-off 19h10). The team, to take on the Bulls, will be announced at midday on Thursday.

The full DHL Stormers injury report (21/04/15):

– Wing Kobus van Wyk (patella) will be out of action for six weeks. However, his injury is not as serious as first suspected and he will not have to undergo surgery.
– Wing Dillyn Leyds (shoulder) sat out training on Tuesday. A final call on his participation – against the Bulls – will be made at training on Thursday.
– Lock Manuel Carizza (cut on the inside of his mouth) is once again available for selection after missing the Force clash.
– No.8 Nizaam Carr (cut on the head) came through the Force match unscathed and trained full-out on Tuesday.
– Utility back Jaco Taute (knee) is still following a conservative route ahead of his playing return. He has rejoined split training and should be back in action in two weeks’ time.
– Flank Mike Rhodes (hamstring tear) is responding well to treatment after sustaining his injury on tour against the Waratahs.


On Kobus van Wyk’s injury:

“It’s obviously a blow to lose a player like Kobus ahead of a big game like this, but we have players like Johnny Kotze, Huw Jones and also Pat Howard who are hungry for a starting opportunity.

“We have a few days to mull over our selection options and will make those final decisions ahead of Thursday’s team announcement.”

On facing the Bulls:

“It doesn’t get much bigger than a North-South Derby in Cape Town.

“We had a fantastic tour and the guys spent some quality time together, but there is nothing better than being back at home in front of our passionate fans at DHL Newlands. We’re certainly looking forward to the challenge!”

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2015 Super Rugby review – Rd 10 Sun, 19 Apr 2015 16:52:48 +0000 However, the Toyota Cheetahs and Cell C Sharks both lost at home as the teams from Pretoria and Cape Town opened up a bit of a gap in the local conference and the Vodacom Bulls moved up to second on the overall log.

The DHL Stormers were made to work hard for a deserved win in Perth on Saturday afternoon as they defeated the struggling Force by 13-6, the only five-pointer of the encounter a penalty try to the visitors after yet another superb scrum. The win concluded their best Australasian tour in three years.

Back home, the Vodacom Bulls and Cell C Sharks delivered a typically hard local derby in Durban with the three-time champions from Pretoria ultimately winning by 17-10, with each team scoring a solitary try.

The Toyota Cheetahs unfortunately could not build on their good win in Perth last weekend when they were beaten by 18-17 by the Reds in Bloemfontein.

Down Under, the defending champions, the Waratahs, and the Chiefs recorded impressive victories in Wellington and Christchurch, respectively.

Force 6 (6) DHL Stormers 13 (10)

It took some serious grind and wasn’t flashy, but the DHL Stormers won’t sweat the small stuff as they finished their Australasian tour with a second win when they beat the Force by 13-6 in Perth on Saturday afternoon.

The Capetonians had to dig deep defensively late in the match as the Force launched numerous attacks which could’ve seen them draw the game, but the DHL Stormers held on with the home team actually crossing the try-line without dotting down as the final whistle went.

The visitors got the only try of the match as they were awarded a penalty try for crushing the Force’s scrum under the uprights early in the match. Thereafter the kickers dominated proceedings in a match that won’t be remembered for too long.

The DHL Stormers showed a lot of character in this victory which means they will return to Cape Town with a haul of 10 log points from their four matches abroad, their best since 2012 when they won three encounters on the other side of the Indian Ocean. Last year the Capetonians lost all four tour matches and in 2013 they won only once.


Force: Penalty goals: Luke Burton (2).
DHL Stormers: Try: Penalty try. Conversion: Demetri Catrakilis. Penalty goals: Catrakilis, Kurt Coleman.

Cell C Sharks 10 (3) Vodacom Bulls 17 (8)

The Vodacom Bulls were too strong for the Cell C Sharks moved and into the second position on the log after winning a bruising South African derby at Growthpoint Kings Park in Durban on Saturday afternoon by 17-10.

The highlight of the first half was a superb try by Bulls wing Francois Hougaard, who rounded off after a sniping blindside break by scrumhalf Rudy Paige. The interplay by the two men from Pretoria was good as Hougaard rounded off in the corner shortly before the break.

At that stage the scores were tied at 3-3 after Fred Zeilinga and Handré Pollard traded earlier penalty goals, but the Springbok flyhalf missed the conversion.

The Sharks hit back immediately after the break and took a 10-8 lead when Zeilinga converted Springbok flank Marcell Coetzee’s try in the 42nd minute, but that was the last points scored by the home team.

Pollard added three more penalty goals to his tally as the visitors took control of the match to record their second win over the Cell C Sharks in 2015.


Cell C Sharks: Try: Marcell Coetzee. Conversion: Fred Zeilinga. Penalty goal: Zeilinga.
Vodacom Bulls: Try: Francois Hougaard. Penalty goals: Handré Pollard (4).

Toyota Cheetahs 17 (10) Reds 18 (3)

A late drop-goal by the Reds, coupled with a missed penalty goal by the Toyota Cheetahs late in the match, saw the side from Queensland record only their second ever win in Bloemfontein on Saturday evening.

Nick Frisby’s drop-goal in the 73rd minute was the final points after an impressive second half by the Reds where they scored both their tries.

Sadly for the home team, Joe Pietersen hit the upright with a penalty attempt in the 79th minute. It would be unfair to blame the Toyota Cheetahs’ pivot for the defeat though as the team from Central South Africa failed to build on a very good first-half performance after the break.

Ryno Benjamin scored a wonderful try in the opening 40 minutes after the Cheetahs capitalised on the Reds’ inability to control the ball after a partially charged down kick, while Boom Prinsloo went over in the second half after a strong rolling maul.

It was the Cheetahs’ sixth defeat of the season and they remain in 12 position on the log and injuries to a number of key players will make it hurt even more.


Toyota Cheetahs: Tries: Ryno Benjamin, Boom Prinsloo. Conversions: Joe Pietersen (2). Penalty goal: Pietersen.
Reds: Tries: Adam Korczyk, Samu Kerevi. Conversion: James O’Connor. Penalty goal: O’Connor. Drop-goal: Nick Frisby.

Other results – Round Ten:

Crusaders 9 Chiefs 26
Hurricanes 24 Waratahs 29
Highlanders 30 Blues 24
Brumbies 8 Rebels 13

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DHL Stormers’ character shines through Sun, 19 Apr 2015 07:04:12 +0000 The DHL Stormers led by 10-6 at half-time, after leading 10-3 after ten minutes, and they were forced to withstand a serious onslaught in the final few minutes from their hosts before finishing their tour on a high.

It means the Men from Cape Town will return from tour with ten log points – a satisfactory haul made up of two wins (one with a bonus point) and a losing bonus point.

Coetzee told the website: “It wasn’t our best performance, but I am pleased with the result.

“Our fundamentals were poor (on the night),” added Coetzee. “We created a lot of opportunities with ball in hand, but we lost the ball on attack a lot.

“(But) it’s important to keep on winning, especially to build on our fantastic win over the Waratahs. I thought the guys showed plenty of character to win a dog-fight… our will to win was certainly there.”

The DHL Stormers will return to South Africa in sixth position on the overall Super Rugby log and in second place on the SA Conference standings – just two points behind the Vodacom Bulls, who, of course, are due in Cape Town next week.

“On the whole, I would say the tour was satisfactory (from a results perspective),” said Coetzee.

“We are right up there on the log, in sixth place, with a string of home games ahead of us – starting next week against the Bulls at DHL Newlands.

“We’re looking forward to heading back home after four weeks on the road and we’re looking forward to playing in front of our home fans again.”

Right-wing Kobus van Wyk is the only DHL Stormers injury worry after Saturday’s win over the Force, having twisted his knee.

Said Coetzee: “Kobus went over his knee, it was an awkward sort of twist on his knee… but we will know more over the next 24 hours and will be able to say for sure when we get home.”

The DHL Stormers will leave Perth for South Africa on Sunday evening (local time). They will arrive in Cape Town, via Johannesburg, on Monday morning (local time).

The players will not train on Monday, before starting preparations for next weekend’s Bulls match (at DHL Newlands, kick-off 19h10) on Tuesday.

“It’s quite a challenge for us,” admitted Coetzee, when asked about the short week of training.

“But it’s not something we haven’t done before. We have gone on tour before facing similar scenarios, but at least we know what to expect.

“We will begin our planning in Perth, before we fly, it’s a matter of ensuring our players are all fit and ready to go for the Bulls.”

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DHL Stormers win Perth scrap Sat, 18 Apr 2015 13:43:33 +0000 The visitors, looking for back to back wins in Australia for the first time since 2012, started strongly to lead by 10-3 after ten minutes.

A powerful scrum from the DHL Stormers – an area they dominated all night long – gave them a deserved penalty try to lead by seven points, that after a penalty by Demetri Catrakilis had put the Men from the Cape ahead by 3-0 after one minute of action.

The DHL Stormers led 10-6 at half-time and although they scored just three points in the second half – via a Kurt Coleman penalty goal – they were deserved winners, despite a fierce onslaught from the hosts in the last four minutes.

The DHL Stormers will now head home – they land in Cape Town on Monday morning – having picked up 10 points on their tough four-match tour of New Zealand and Australia, a more than useful return for the 2011 and 2012 SA Conference leaders.

The victory, the DHL Stormers’ sixth of the season, also sees them return to the summit of the SA Conference log (with two games left to play in Round Ten) – that on a weekend which saw the unbeaten Hurricanes slip up at home to the Waratahs. Of course, just last week the DHL Stormers recorded an impressive 32-18 bonus point win over the selfsame ‘Tahs in Sydney.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we will take the four points,” said a slightly disappointed-looking DHL Stormers skipper Juan de Jongh afterwards.

“It was a tough game, the Force kept the ball very well – so credit to our defence, but we’re looking forward to being back at home (against the Bulls) next weekend.

“A 50% return from a tough tour like this isn’t too bad, but we’re obviously looking forward to heading home after four weeks on the road.”

The DHL Stormers will host the Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands next Saturday (April 25 – kick-off 19h10). CLICK HERE to buy your tickets!

The scorers:

For the Western Force:
Pens: Burton 2

For the DHL Stormers:
Try: Penalty try
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis, Coleman

The teams:

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (captain), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.

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

Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees, Will Houston
TMO: Ian Smith

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DHL Stormers change four for Force Thu, 16 Apr 2015 08:09:58 +0000 Hooker Bongi Mbonambi, lock Ruan Botha, flanker Siya Kolisi and scrumhalf Louis Schreuder will all start this week, with prop Ali Vermaak and loose forward Sikhumbuzo Notshe the new faces on the bench.

Notshe joins the matchday 23 this week as a replacement for Kolisi, who will start at No.6 – with Schalk Burger moving across to No.7 – in the absence of Mike Rhodes, who flew home with a hamstring tear suffered against the Waratahs last weekend.

The only other injury-enforced change from the Waratahs game – won 32-18 by the DHL Stormers – is Botha in for Manuel Carizza in the No.5 jersey, with the latter still battling with a cut on the inside of his mouth.

Hooker Scarra Ntubeni and scrumhalf Nic Groom will provide an impact from the bench this week as the DHL Stormers chase a second successive win on tour (after their bonus point triumph in Sydney), before they return to South Africa for five home matches – at DHL Newlands – in seven weeks.

Coach Coetzee told the website: “I would’ve loved to have given more opportunities to more players, but we didn’t want to make too many changes.

“It’s important that we take momentum from the Waratahs match into this weekend (in what is an important match) as we look to end our tour on a high.

“We have a positive feeling in our camp,” added Coetzee.

“In Super Rugby you always need to pitch up, otherwise your opposition will knock you off your perch. We need to ensure that we show intensity and urgency against the Force, and really be up for it, before we can even think about returning to South Africa.”

The DHL Stormers and the Western Force have met on four previous occasions in Perth, with the Men from the Cape tasting victory three times and losing by one point in 2010. Overall, these two sides have come up against each other in eight Super Rugby matches, with the DHL Stormers winning six times and losing twice.

* Saturday’s match will get underway at 19h45 local time, which is 13h45 SA time, and will be televised live on SuperSport One.

The DHL Stormers team to face the Force (away) is as follows:

15. Cheslin Kolbe
14. Kobus van Wyk
13. Juan de Jongh (captain)
12. Damian de Allende
11. Dillyn Leyds
10. Demetri Catrakilis
9. Louis Schreuder
8. Nizaam Carr
7. Schalk Burger (vice-captain)
6. Siya Kolisi
5. Ruan Botha
4. Eben Etzebeth
3. Frans Malherbe
2. Bongi Mbonambi
1. Steven Kitshoff

16. Scarra Ntubeni
17. Ali Vermaak
18. Vincent Koch
19. Jean Kleyn
20. Sikhumbuzo Notshe
21. Nic Groom
22. Kurt Coleman
23. Huw Jones

Referee: Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Andrew Lees (Australia), Will Houston (Australia)
TMO: Ian Smith (Australia)

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SARU congratulates Burger Wed, 15 Apr 2015 14:43:35 +0000 Burger, who turned 32 on Monday, has been playing Test rugby for almost 12 years. He has represented South Africa 75 times and was a Rugby World Cup winner in 2007.

However, serious injury and a life-threatening illness meant Burger was out of action for 18 months before making his comeback to the playing field late in 2013.

After a string of impressive performances for the DHL Stormers in Vodacom Super Rugby, Burger was selected for the Springboks again in 2014 and capped a fine season with the Man of the Match award in the Test victory over England at Twickenham last November.

“What Schalk has gone through in the last couple of years and what he has achieved makes it one of the most inspirational sporting stories in our recent history,” said Mr Hoskins.

“He has been an icon of inspiration and the fact that he always seems to have a smile on his face, makes it even more joyous to watch Schalk in action.

“On behalf of everyone in South African rugby, I would like to congratulate him on this amazing achievement but knowing Schalk, I know he will be itching to get back to Perth where the DHL Stormers are playing on Saturday.”

Burger is a two-time SA Rugby Player of the Year winner (2004 and 2011) and was also the World Rugby Player of the Year in 2004. He attended the glittering ceremony in Shanghai on Wednesday and will return to Perth in time for the DHL Stormers’ match against the Force.

The other nominees in the category for the World Comeback of the Year Award were Italian soccer player Francesco Acerbi, Diego Milito (Argentina, soccer), Jo Pavey (UK, athletics), Pierre Vaultnier (France, snowboarding) and Oliver Wilson (UK, golf).

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2015 tour update: Robbie Fleck live from Perth Tue, 14 Apr 2015 11:09:19 +0000 The DHL Stormers recorded an excellent 32-18 bonus point win over the defending champion Waratahs last weekend and Fleck would like to see the team back up their victory before they return to South Africa.

“We’ve always had a great mood in our camp, but obviously things are especially good after our win over the Waratahs,” Fleck told the website on Tuesday afternoon.

“It was a vital win, one of our best, but we need to back it up this week against the Force – who are a tough team to beat, especially at home.

“To come home with 10/11 points would really make it a successful tour ahead of three important games back in South Africa (two of them at home) before our next bye (in mid-May).”

Looking ahead to the challenge of facing the Force on their home turf, Fleck added: “The Force are always a competitive side with a strong kicking and defensive game.

“They’ve had a poor run of late, but they’ve been competitive in every game thus far and they’re not an easy side to play against.

“We need to have a bit of patience against a side with a strong kicking game and good chase lines… we need to work hard and recognise when opportunities arise and when they (opportunities) do we need to take advantage.”

The DHL Stormers will face up to the Force at Perth’s nib Stadium on Saturday at 13h45 SA time (19h45 local time).


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