The Stormers http://thestormers.com The official website for the DHL Stormers Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:15:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 DHL Stormers 2017 fixtures http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-2017-fixtures/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:15:38 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10798 The DHL Stormers will play the Vodacom Bulls, at DHL Newlands, on 25 February, in the opening round of fixtures of the 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby competition.

It will be the second season for the 17-round, four-conference tournament structure that sees each team play 15 matches and have two byes. As in 2016, each team will play six matches within its own conference and nine matches against other conference teams.

In 2017, the DHL Stormers will face the New Zealand franchises, instead of the Australian franchises, in some exciting clashes, with home games against the Chiefs and Blues and consecutive tour games against the Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes, in New Zealand.

The DHL Stormers will end the league fixtures of the season, with their away conference fixture against the Vodacom Bulls, at Loftus.

The full list of DHL Stormers fixtures are:

· Sat 25 Feb – DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls – DHL Newlands
· Sat 4 March – DHL Stormers v Jaguares – DHL Newlands
· Sat 11 March – Southern Kings v DHL Stormers – PE
· Round 4 – Bye
· Sat 25 March – Sunwolves v DHL Stormers – Singapore
· Sat 1 April – DHL Stormers v Cheetahs – DHL Newlands
· Sat 8 April – DHL Stormers v Chiefs – DHL Newlands
· Sat 15 April – DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions – DHL Newlands
· Sat 22 April – Crusaders v DHL Stormers – Christchurch
· Friday 28 April – Highlanders v DHL Stormers – NZ venue TBC
· Fri 5 May – Hurricanes v DHL Stormers – NZ venue TBC
· Round 12 – Bye
· Fri 19 May – DHL Stormers v Blues – DHL Newlands
· Sat 27 May – Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers – Durban
· Sat 1 July – Cheetahs v DHL Stormers – Bloemfontein
· Sat 8 July – DHL Stormers v Sunwolves – DHL Newlands
· Sat 15 July – Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers – Pretoria

· 21/22 July – Qualifiers
· 28/29 July – Semi Finals
· 5 Aug – Final

Click here for the full Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 Schedule

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Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 schedule announced http://thestormers.com/vodacom-super-rugby-2017-schedule-announced/ Mon, 19 Sep 2016 23:00:41 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10794 Vodacom Super Rugby 2017 will kick off on Thursday 23 February when the Melbourne Rebels host the Blues, while the Cell C Sharks will be the first South African side in action when they take on the Reds in Brisbane a day later.

The Thursday night kick-off (Thursday morning SA time) is a first for Vodacom Super Rugby and is followed a week later by another Thursday match between Force and the Reds in Perth.

The opening round of action will see two South African derbies – both on Saturday, 25 February – when 2016 runners-up, the Emirates Lions, travel to Bloemfontein to face the Toyota Cheetahs, while the DHL Stormers will host the Vodacom Bulls in Cape Town.

The Hurricanes will start off their title defence in Tokyo against the Sunwolves, while 2016 Australian conference winners, the Brumbies, will play the Crusaders in Christchurch.

It will be the second season for the 17-round, four-conference tournament structure that sees each team play 15 matches and have two byes. As in 2016, each team will play six matches within its own conference and nine matches against other conference teams.

In its inaugural year, the 18-team tournament produced some wonderful rugby where analysis of the new bonus point system showed it provided an increased level of competitiveness and rewarded those teams with an attacking mind-set. Despite the increase in the number of matches on previous years the average number of points scored per match increased from 45.3 to 52.0 while tries were up from 5.1 to 6.4 per match.

The 17-round regular season and the finals series produced a final in Wellington between the two best teams in the tournament, the Hurricanes and Emirates Lions, highlighting the integrity of the tournament structure.

The Hurricanes were the fourth new champion in the last five years of Vodacom Super Rugby thereby securing a clean sweep of New Zealand teams having won the title since its inception, and again highlighting the competitiveness of the tournament.

The 2017 June Test window, and in particular the British & Irish Lions series in New Zealand, has an impact on the match schedule. Fixtures in early June and July have therefore been scheduled around the various June Tests and the matches between the British & Irish Lions and the five New Zealand Vodacom Super Rugby teams.

“The new season is set to be another enthralling, action-packed one as we enter the second year of the 18-team conference-style tournament,” said SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos.

“We saw some fantastic rugby earlier this year and we look forward in particular to the continued development of the new franchises that added exciting new territories and colour to the tournament

“The schedule will see four Sunwolves matches played in Tokyo and three matches in Singapore, while eight matches will be hosted by the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. Both these teams made their Super Rugby debuts in 2016, with the Southern Kings from South Africa returning after their brief spell in 2013.

“It is anticipated that all three teams will be better for the experience of 2016 as we look forward to seeing their continued improvement. Super Rugby continues to be the toughest rugby tournament in the world given the high level, week-to-week competition and the travelling that is undertaken.

“We enjoyed a global audience of just over 50 million viewers for the 20th edition of Super Rugby with just over 2 million fans attending the matches. I would like to say a big thank you to all the fans and supporters for their support through 2016 and look forward to having our competition entertain and entice you through 2017,” added Marinos.

See the full schedule below:
 

Day & Date Match Venues Kick Off (Local) Kick Off (GMT) South Africa
ROUND 1
Thursday 23 February Rebels v Blues AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 8:45 Thu 23 Feb 10:45
Friday 24 February Highlanders v Chiefs TBC 19:35 6:35 Fri 24 Feb 8:35
Friday 24 February Reds v Cell C Sharks Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 19:00 9:00 Fri 24 Feb 11:00
Saturday 25 February Sunwolves v Hurricanes Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo 13:15 4:15 Sat 25 Feb 6:15
Saturday 25 February Crusaders v Brumbies AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 6:35 Sat 25 Feb 8:35
Saturday 25 February Waratahs v Force Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 8:45 Sat 25 Feb 10:45
Saturday 25 February Cheetahs v Emirates Lions Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:05 13:05 Sat 25 Feb 15:05
Saturday 25 February Southern Kings v Jaguares Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 17:15 15:15 Sat 25 Feb 17:15
Saturday 25 February DHL Stormers v Vodacom Bulls DHL Newlands, Cape Town 19:30 17:30 Sat 25 Feb 19:30
 
ROUND 2
Thursday 2 March Force v Reds nib Stadium, Perth 18:30 10:30 Thu 2 Mar 12:30
Friday 3 March Chiefs v Blues TBC 19:35 6:35 Fri 3 Mar 8:35
Saturday 4 March Hurricanes v Rebels TBC 17:15 4:15 Sat 4 Mar 6:15
Saturday 4 March Highlanders v Crusaders TBC 19:35 6:35 Sat 4 Mar 8:35
Saturday 4 March Brumbies v Cell C Sharks GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 8:45 Sat 4 Mar 10:45
Saturday 4 March Sunwloves v Southern Kings Singapore National Stadium, Singapore 18:55 10:55 Sat 4 Mar 12:55
Saturday 4 March Emirates Lions v Waratahs Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 15:05 13:05 Sat 4 Mar 15:05
Saturday 4 March DHL Stormers v Jaguares DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:15 15:15 Sat 4 Mar 17:15
Saturday 4 March Cheetahs v Vodacom Bulls Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 19:30 17:30 Sat 4 Mar 19:30
 
ROUND 3
Friday 10 March Chiefs v Hurricanes TBC 19:35 6:35 Fri 10 Mar 8:35
Friday 10 March Brumbies v Force GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 8:45 Fri 10 Mar 10:45
Friday 10 March Cell C Sharks v Waratahs Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 19:00 17:00 Fri 10 Mar 19:00
Saturday 11 March Blues v Highlanders TBC 19:35 6:35 Sat 11 Mar 8:35
Saturday 11 March Reds v Crusaders Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 18:45 8:45 Sat 11 Mar 10:45
Saturday 11 March Cheetahs v Sunwolves Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 17:15 15:15 Sat 11 Mar 17:15
Saturday 11 March Southern Kings v DHL Stormers Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 19:30 17:30 Sat 11 Mar 19:30
Saturday 11 March Jaguares v Emirates Lions Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 16:40 19:40 Sat 11 Mar 21:40
 
BYES: Vodacom Bulls, REBELS
ROUND 4
Friday 17 March Crusaders v Blues AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 6:35 Fri 17 Mar 8:35
Friday 17 March Rebels v Chiefs AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 8:45 Fri 17 Mar 10:45
Friday 17 March Vodacom Bulls v Sunwolves Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:00 17:00 Fri 17 Mar 19:00
Saturday 18 March Hurricanes v Highlanders TBC 19:35 6:35 Sat 18 Mar 8:35
Saturday 18 March Waratahs v Brumbies Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 8:45 Sat 18 Mar 10:45
Saturday 18 March Emirates Lions v Reds Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 17:15 15:15 Sat 18 Mar 17:15
Saturday 18 March Cell C Sharks v Southern Kings Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 19:30 17:30 Sat 18 Mar 19:30
Saturday 18 March Jaguares v Cheetahs Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 16:40 19:40 Sat 18 Mar 21:40
 
BYES: FORCE, DHL Stormers
ROUND 5
Friday 24 March Crusaders v Force AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 6:35 Fri 24 Mar 8:35
Friday 24 March Rebels v Waratahs AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 8:45 Fri 24 Mar 10:45
Saturday 25 March Blues v Vodacom Bulls TBC 19:35 6:35 Sat 25 Mar 8:35
Saturday 25 March Brumbies v Highlanders GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 8:45 Sat 25 Mar 10:45
Saturday 25 March Sunwolves v DHL Stormers Singapore National Stadium, Singapore 18:55 10:55 Sat 25 Mar 12:55
Saturday 25 March Southern Kings v Emirates Lions Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 15:05 13:05 Sat 25 Mar 15:05
Saturday 25 March Cheetahs v Cell C Sharks Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 17:15 15:15 Sat 25 Mar 17:15
Saturday 25 March Jaguares v Reds Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 18:40 21:40 Sat 25 Mar 23:40
 
BYES: CHIEFS, HURRICANES
ROUND 6 (Daylight Savings finishes in AUS and NZ)
Friday 31 March Highlanders v Rebels TBC 19:35 6:35 Fri 31 Mar 8:35
Saturday 1 April Blues v Force TBC 17:15 4:15 Sat 1 Apr 6:15
Saturday 1 April Chiefs v Vodacom Bulls TBC 19:35 6:35 Sat 1 Apr 8:35
Saturday 1 April Reds v Hurricanes Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 18:45 8:45 Sat 1 Apr 10:45
Saturday 1 April DHL Stormers v Cheetahs DHL Newlands, Cape Town 15:05 13:05 Sat 1 Apr 15:05
Saturday 1 April Emirates Lions v Cell C Sharks Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 17:15 15:15 Sat 1 Apr 17:15
Sunday 2 April Waratahs v Crusaders Allianz Stadium, Sydney 16:05 6:05 Sun 2 Apr 8:05
 
BYES: BRUMBIES, JAGUARES, Southern Kings, SUNWOLVES
ROUND 7
Friday 7 April Hurricanes v Waratahs TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 7 Apr 9:35
Saturday 8 April Sunwolves v Vodacom Bulls Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo 14:15 5:15 Sat 8 Apr 7:15
Saturday 8 April Highlanders v Blues TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 8 Apr 9:35
Saturday 8 April Brumbies v Reds GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 9:45 Sat 8 Apr 11:45
Saturday 8 April Cell C Sharks v Jaguares Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 15:05 13:05 Sat 8 Apr 15:05
Saturday 8 April DHL Stormers v Chiefs DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:15 15:15 Sat 8 Apr 17:15
Sunday 9 April Force v Southern Kings nib Stadium, Perth 14:05 6:05 Sun 9 Apr 8:05
 
BYES: CHEETAHS, CRUSADERS, Emirates Lions, REBELS
ROUND 8 (Easter)
Friday 14 April Crusaders v Sunwolves AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 7:35 Fri 14 Apr 9:35
Saturday 15 April Reds v Southern Kings Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 15:05 5:05 Sat 15 Apr 7:05
Saturday 15 April Blues v Hurricanes TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 15 Apr 9:35
Saturday 15 April Rebels v Brumbies AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 9:45 Sat 15 Apr 11:45
Saturday 15 April Cheetahs v Chiefs Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:05 13:05 Sat 15 Apr 15:05
Saturday 15 April DHL Stormers v Emirates Lions DHL Newlands, Cape Town 17:15 15:15 Sat 15 Apr 17:15
Saturday 15 April Vodacom Bulls v Jaguares Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:30 17:30 Sat 15 Apr 19:30
 
BYES: FORCE, HIGHLANDERS, Cell C Sharks, WARATAHS
ROUND 9 (Anzac Day Weekend)
Friday 21 April Hurricanes v Brumbies TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 21 Apr 9:35
Friday 21 April Emirates Lions v Jaguares Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 19:00 18:00 Fri 21 Apr 20:00
Saturday 22 April Highlanders v Sunwolves TBC 17:15 5:15 Sat 22 Apr 7:15
Saturday 22 April Crusaders v DHL Stormers AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 7:35 Sat 22 Apr 9:35
Saturday 22 April Waratahs v Southern Kings Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 9:45 Sat 22 Apr 11:45
Saturday 22 April Force v Chiefs nib Stadium, Perth 19:55 11:55 Sat 22 Apr 13:55
Saturday 22 April Vodacom Bulls v Cheetahs Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:15 15:15 Sat 22 Apr 17:15
Saturday 22 April Cell C Sharks v Rebels Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 19:30 17:30 Sat 22 Apr 19:30
 
BYES: BLUES, REDS
ROUND 10
Friday 28 April Highlanders v DHL Stormers TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 28 Apr 9:35
Saturday 29 April Chiefs v Sunwolves TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 29 Apr 9:35
Saturday 29 April Reds v Waratahs Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 19:45 9:45 Sat 29 Apr 11:45
Saturday 29 April Force v Emirates Lions nib Stadium, Perth 19:55 11:55 Sat 29 Apr 13:55
Saturday 29 April Cheetahs v Crusaders Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 17:15 15:15 Sat 29 Apr 17:15
Saturday 29 April Southern Kings v Rebels Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 19:30 17:30 Sat 29 Apr 19:30
Saturday 29 April Jaguares v Cell C Sharks Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 16:40 19:40 Sat 29 Apr 21:40
Sunday 30 April Brumbies v Blues GIO Stadium, Canberra 16:05 6:05 Sun 30 Apr 8:05
 
BYES: Vodacom Bulls, HURRICANES
ROUND 11
Friday 5 May Hurricanes v DHL Stormers TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 5 May 9:35
Friday 5 May Cheetahs v Highlanders Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 19:00 17:00 Fri 5 May 19:00
Saturday 6 May Rebels v Emirates Lions AAMI Park, Melbourne 15:00 5:00 Sat 6 May 7:00
Saturday 6 May Chiefs v Reds TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 6 May 9:35
Saturday 6 May Waratahs v Blues Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 9:45 Sat 6 May 11:45
Saturday 6 May Cell C Sharks v Force Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 15:05 13:05 Sat 6 May 15:05
Saturday 6 May Vodacom Bulls v Crusaders Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:15 15:15 Sat 6 May 17:15
Saturday 6 May Jaguares v Sunwolves Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 18:40 21:40 Sat 6 May 23:40
 
BYES: BRUMBIES, Southern Kings
ROUND 12
Friday 12 May Blues v Cheetahs TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 12 May 9:35
Friday 12 May Brumbies v Emirates Lions GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 9:45 Fri 12 May 11:45
Saturday 13 May Crusaders v Hurricanes AMI Stadium, Christchurch 19:35 7:35 Sat 13 May 9:35
Saturday 13 May Rebels v Reds AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 9:45 Sat 13 May 11:45
Saturday 13 May Vodacom Bulls v Highlanders Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 15:05 13:05 Sat 13 May 15:05
Saturday 13 May Southern Kings v Cell C Sharks Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 17:15 15:15 Sat 13 May 17:15
Saturday 13 May Jaguares v Force Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 18:40 21:40 Sat 13 May 23:40
 
BYES: CHIEFS, DHL Stormers, SUNWOLVES, WARATAHS
ROUND 13
Friday 19 May Chiefs v Crusaders TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 19 May 9:35
Friday 19 May DHL Stormers v Blues DHL Newlands, Cape Town 19:00 17:00 Fri 19 May 19:00
Saturday 20 May Hurricanes v Cheetahs TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 20 May 9:35
Saturday 20 May Force v Highlanders nib Stadium, Perth 17:45 9:45 Sat 20 May 11:45
Saturday 20 May Sunwolves v Cell C Sharks Singapore National Stadium, Singapore 19:55 11:55 Sat 20 May 13:55
Saturday 20 May Southern Kings v Brumbies Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 15:05 13:05 Sat 20 May 15:05
Saturday 20 May Emirates Lions v Vodacom Bulls Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 17:15 15:15 Sat 20 May 17:15
Sunday 21 May Waratahs v Rebels Allianz Stadium, Sydney 16:05 6:05 Sun 21 May 8:05
 
BYES: JAGUARES, REDS
ROUND 14
Friday 26 May Blues v Chiefs TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 26 May 9:35
Friday 26 May Reds v Force Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 19:45 9:45 Fri 26 May 11:45
Saturday 27 May Sunwolves v Cheetahs Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo 14:15 5:15 Sat 27 May 7:15
Saturday 27 May Highlanders v Waratahs TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 27 May 9:35
Saturday 27 May Rebels v Crusaders AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 9:45 Sat 27 May 11:45
Saturday 27 May Vodacom Bulls v Hurricanes Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 15:05 13:05 Sat 27 May 15:05
Saturday 27 May Cell C Sharks v DHL Stormers Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 17:15 15:15 Sat 27 May 17:15
Saturday 27 May Jaguares v Brumbies Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 18:40 21:40 Sat 27 May 23:40
Sunday 28 May Emirates Lions v Southern Kings Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 14:30 12:30 Sun 28 May 14:30
 
ROUND 15 (AUS and NZ only)
Friday 2 June Blues v Reds TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 2 Jun 9:35
Saturday 3 June Crusaders v Highlanders AMI Stadium, Christchurch 14:35 2:35 Sat 3 Jun 4:35
Saturday 3 June Chiefs v Waratahs TBC 17:05 5:05 Sat 3 Jun 7:05
Saturday 3 June Brumbies v Rebels GIO Stadium, Canberra 19:45 9:45 Sat 3 Jun 11:45
Saturday 3 June Force v Hurricanes nib Stadium, Perth 19:55 11:55 Sat 3 Jun 13:55
 
ROUND 16 (NZC Only)
Friday 9 June Hurricanes v Chiefs TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 9 Jun 9:35
 
BYES: BLUES, CRUSADERS, HIGHLANDERS
Round 15 (SA1 and SA2 only)
Friday 30 June Jaguares v Southern Kings Velez Sarsfield, Buenos Aires 20:05 18:05 Sat 1 Jul 1:05
Saturday 1 July Emirates Lions v Sunwolves Emirates Airlines Park, Johannesburg 14:30 12:30 Sat 1 Jul 14:30
Saturday 1 July Cheetahs v DHL Stormers Toyota Stadium, Bloemfontein 15:05 13:05 Sat 1 Jul 15:05
Saturday 1 July Cell C Sharks v Vodacom Bulls Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 17:15 15:15 Sat 1 Jul 17:15
 
ROUND 16 (AC, SA1 and SA 2 only)
Friday 7 July Reds v Brumbies Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane 19:45 9:45 Fri 7 Jul 11:45
Friday 7 July Force v Rebels nib Stadium, Perth 19:55 11:55 Fri 7 Jul 13:55
Saturday 8 July Waratahs v Jaguares Allianz Stadium, Sydney 19:45 7:35 Sat 8 Jul 11:45
Saturday 8 July Vodacom Bulls v Southern Kings Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 17:15 15:15 Sat 8 Jul 17:15
Saturday 8 July DHL Stormers v Sunwolves DHL Newlands, Cape Town 19:30 17:30 Sat 8 Jul 19:30
 
BYES: CHEETAHS, Emirates Lions, Cell C Sharks
ROUND 17
Friday 14 July Highlanders v Reds TBC 19:35 7:35 Fri 14 Jul 9:35
Friday 14 July Rebels v Jaguares AAMI Park, Melbourne 19:45 9:45 Fri 14 Jul 11:45
Friday 14 July Southern Kings v Cheetahs Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth 19:00 17:00 Fri 14 Jul 19:00
Saturday 15 July Sunwolves v Blues Prince Chichibu Memorial Stadium, Tokyo 12:05 3:05 Sat 15 Jul 5:05
Saturday 15 July Chiefs v Brumbies TBC 17:15 5:15 Sat 15 Jul 7:15
Saturday 15 July Hurricanes v Crusaders TBC 19:35 7:35 Sat 15 Jul 9:35
Saturday 15 July Force v Waratahs nib Stadium, Perth 19:55 11:55 Sat 15 Jul 13:55
Saturday 15 July Cell C Sharks v Emirates Lions Growthpoint Kings Park, Durban 17:15 15:15 Sat 15 Jul 17:15
Saturday 15 July Vodacom Bulls v DHL Stormers Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria 19:30 17:30 Sat 15 Jul 19:30
 
Super Rugby Qualifiers
Friday 21 July
Friday 21 July
Saturday 22 July
Saturday 22 July
 
Super Rugby Semi Finals
Friday 28 July
Saturday 29 July
Super Rugby Final
Saturday 5 August
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SANZAAR planning for the future http://thestormers.com/sanzaar-planning-for-the-future/ Tue, 13 Sep 2016 06:54:11 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10788 An EXCO meeting and a 2016 Super Rugby season review took place in Sydney over the last two days with SANZAAR hosting over 80 stakeholder representatives.

The series of meetings were designed to fully review all tournament deliverables on and off the field, and involved national union CEOs, team CEOs and coaches, rights holder broadcasters and SANZAAR operational staff.

The review is consistent with those undertaken in previous years and an essential part of tournament management that is designed to ensure Super Ruby continues to be one of the top rugby tournaments in the world.

During the series of meetings SANZAAR and Accenture also took the opportunity to report to its partners and 28 stakeholders on the progress of the strategic review it is currently undertaking. Accenture presented a workshop on the outcomes of its various discussions with each set of stakeholders, feedback on potential tournament improvements raised by them and the next steps in the process that has a timeline to present a final report at the end of the year.

SANZAAR CEO Andy Marinos stated, “The aim of the meetings this week was to ensure we examine the first year of the new 18-team Super Rugby tournament and take onboard feedback from the coaches and CEO’s who are at the coal face of the competition. Discussions took place on many aspects of the tournament including, but not limited to, tournament structure and finals series, travel, broadcasting, tournament rules, match officiating, judicial and the 2017 match schedule.”

“This continuous review and feedback process is an essential part of our structure as we aim to ensure we deliver a compelling and action-packed tournament in 2017. It was also the perfect time to update everyone on the strategic plan that has the aim of mapping out the long-term future of SANZAAR by examining three core areas: the structure of competitions; the commercial structure; and the governance model.”

“A number of potential options were considered in line with the feedback that we have received through our series of consultations between May and July. We have requested further analysis and inputs from Accenture as an outcome of the workshop,” added Marinos.

SANZAAR will announce the 2017 Super Rugby match schedule for the regular 17-round season on Tuesday 20 September.

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DHL Stormers 2016 season review http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-2016-season-review/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:04:45 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10759 The 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby season saw the DHL Stormers take some bold steps into a new era.

With a new format which featured 18 teams, four different conferences and a new management team of Head Coach Robbie Fleck, Forwards Coach Russell Winter and Defence Coach Paul Treu, the DHL Stormers topped Africa Conference One and qualified for the play-offs seeded third.

Fleck and his team pledged to play fearless rugby in a campaign which would see them pitted against teams from South Africa, Japan, Argentina and Australia, and they managed 10 wins from their 16 games with five defeats and a draw.

The season started with convincing victories against conference rivals the Vodacom Bulls and the Toyota Cheetahs, and they would end the regular season nine log points ahead of the team from Pretoria who were their nearest challengers in Africa Conference One as the DHL Stormers collected their fourth conference title in the last six years.

There were many talented young players who were exposed to Vodacom Super Rugby in 2016, with props JC Janse van Rensburg and JP Smith, locks Pieter-Steph du Toit, Chris van Zyl and JD Schickerling, loose forward Kobus van Dyk, scrumhalf Jano Vermaak, flyhalves Jean-Luc du Plessis and Brandon Thomson, centre Daniel du Plessis and outside backs Leolin Zas and Scott van Breda all making their DHL Stormers debut.

There were also some stalwarts who played their last DHL Stormers match in 2016, with veteran loose forward Schalk Burger (Saracens), scrumhalves Nic Groom (Northampton Saints) and Louis Schreuder (Koboto Spears), prop Vincent Koch (Saracens) and lock Jean Kleyn (Munster) all leaving the franchise at the end of the season.

All four games the DHL Stormers lost during the regular season (against Cell C Sharks, Waratahs, Emirates Lions and Vodacom Bulls) saw them claim bonus points for finishing within seven points of their opponents.

The regular season ended with four consecutive victories as they beat the Toyota Cheetahs a second time at DHL Newlands ahead of the June international break, and then claimed bonus-point victories against the Rebels and Force on their tour of Australia before returning to DHL Newlands where they ran in eight tries in a big win against the Kings to secure a home quarterfinal.

In their 15 regular season matches the DHL Stormers conceded just 28 tries, which was the least of any team in the competition, and managed to score 49 tries of their own.

The DHL Stormers had the best defensive line-out in the competition, stealing 24% of opposition ball and winning 86% of their own ball.

Having qualified for the play-offs as third seeds, the DHL Stormers hosted the Chiefs in their quarterfinal at DHL Newlands, but fell short against the two-time champions from Hamilton.

Fleck said that while it was disappointing to lose in the quarterfinal, there were many positives in the 2016 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign which bodes well for the franchise going forward.

“Obviously it is really disappointing and it is going to be a tough one to swallow, but for me as a coach it has been a great experience, I have had good leadership around me and the players have been fantastic in terms of their buy-in.

“I am certainly excited about what we can do as a group going forward.

“We brought through a lot of talented young players this season who now have a taste of what Vodacom Super Rugby is all about.

“We have learned a lot in this campaign as a squad and as management staff and we are very motivated to apply those lessons next year,” he said.

Fleck added that it is vital for the squad and management to build on what they achieved this season going forward.

“It takes time to build a team, a culture and a style of play, but we still managed to achieve the goals that we set ourselves at the start of the season by playing a home play-off match.

“We are determined to build on the base that we have created next year. Even though the quarterfinal against the Chiefs was a disappointment, there was a lot that we took from that game going forward, and we are looking forward to the challenge of playing against New Zealand teams next year,” said Fleck.

DHL Stormers Vodacom Super Rugby 2016 results:

DHL Stormers 33-9 Vodacom Bulls (DHL Newlands)
Toyota Cheetahs 10-20 DHL Stormers (Toyota Stadium)
DHL Stormers 13-18 Cell C Sharks (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 33-9 Brumbies (DHL Newlands)
Jaguares 8-13 DHL Stormers (Estadio Jose Emalfitani)
DHL Stormers 46-19 Sunwolves (DHL Newlands)
Emirates Lions 29-22 DHL Stormers (Emirates Airline Park)
DHL Stormers 40-22 Reds (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 30-32 Waratahs (DHL Newlands)
Sunwolves 17-17 DHL Stormers (Singapore National Stadium)
Vodacom Bulls 17-13 DHL Stormers (Loftus Versfeld)
DHL Stormers 31-24 Toyota Cheetahs (DHL Newlands)
Rebels 31-57 DHL Stormers (AAMI Park)
Force 3-22 DHL Stormers (nib Stadium)
DHL Stormers 52-24 Southern Kings (DHL Newlands)
DHL Stormers 21-60 Chiefs (DHL Newlands)

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Etzebeth raises Bok half-century http://thestormers.com/etzebeth-raises-bok-half-century/ Thu, 08 Sep 2016 07:04:14 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10783 DHL Stormers lock Eben Etzebeth will play his 50th Test match for the Springboks against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

The imposing second-row giant becomes the youngest player to reach the milestone, having made his debut against England in June 2012.

Etzebeth is the 32nd Springbok to reach 50th Test matches, at the age of 24 years, nine months and 12 days, surpassing the record previously held by Pat Lambie (25y, 14d). Meanwhile, the big No.4 will also play in his 27th consecutive match for the Springboks.

The 24-year lock said he and his team mates are looking forward to face the Wallabies in Brisbane and explained that he is enjoying the game of rugby in the same way as when he first started playing as a youngster.

“I enjoy the game and for me it a massive honour to play in the Green and Gold and to represent my country,” said Etzebeth.

“I am here in Australia with a special group of friends, playing for my country and I really do enjoy playing rugby. However, it’s all about the team and not the individual and I hope to make a meaningful contribution to our team effort on Saturday.”

Etzebeth cautioned that although the Wallabies have experienced some difficulties this season, that they are definitely a force to be reckoned with.

“They are a quality team and a good lineout side and we are looking forward to our battle on Saturday. We will have to be at our best to match them and to try to steal some balls,” said the Bok lock.

He is joined in the starting line-up by fellow DHL Stormer Juan de Jongh, with Bongi Mbonambi and Pieter-Steph du Toit amongst the replacements.

Coach Allister Coetzee made four changes in total to the back division which featured in the loss to Argentina in Salta two week ago. One of them is because of injury while another is a positional switch.

Francois Hougaard comes into the side as replacement for Ruan Combrinck, who suffered a fractured leg against the Pumas, and he will play on the left wing, meaning the experienced Bryan Habana moves over to the right.

The new centre combination of De Jongh and Jesse Kriel gets a run in the place of Damian de Allende and Lionel Mapoe, who has been included on the replacements bench. De Jongh and Kriel both featured as replacements for South Africa in the first two Tests against Argentina, in Nelspruit and Salta.

Franco Mostert has been included as one of the six forward replacements, and the bench also features prop Trevor Nyakane, who has shrugged off his ankle niggle.

Coetzee said he is excited to see what impact the new players in the team can make in what will be a big challenge on Saturday.

“Looking at the impact that Juan and Jesse made when they came off the bench in Nelspruit and Salta, then I think now is the right time to give them a starting opportunity,” he said.

“It’s a great opportunity for them to play together as a centre combination and both have Test match experience. Juan’s ability to organise at 12 and his calmness in that role will help to guide Elton in his flyhalf duties.”

Coetzee also said the ability of Australia to hold on to the ball through long spells means the Springbok defence will have to be patient and solid.

“The Wallabies are known for their ability to hold onto the ball for long phases, so we are preparing ourselves to make a lot of tackles and to be organised on defence,” said Coetzee, who added that he is expecting the players on the bench to yet again make a strong impact.

“Our bench has made a real impact in each match we’ve played this season. After looking at the Australia versus New Zealand matches, we realise the physical intensity of the forward exchanges, and that’s why we feel that a fresh tight five can sustain the physical intensity.”

Springbok team to face Australia:

15 Johan Goosen (Racing 92)
14 Bryan Habana (Toulon)
13 Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls)
12 Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers)
11 Francois Hougaard (Worcester Warriors)
10 Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions)
9 Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions)
8 Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions)
7 Oupa Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs)
6 Francois Louw (Bath)
5 Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs)
4 Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers)
3 Lourens Adriaanse (Cell C Sharks)
2 Adriaan Strauss (captain, Vodacom Bulls)
1 Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks)
Replacements:
16 Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers)
17 Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux)
18 Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls)
19 Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions)
20 Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers)
21 Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions)
22 Morné Steyn (Stade Francais)
23 Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions)

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Six DHL Stormers in Bok squad http://thestormers.com/six-dhl-stormers-in-bok-squad/ Sat, 06 Aug 2016 14:21:22 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10767 There are six DHL Stormers in the Springbok squad for the opening two matches of the 2016 Castle Lager Rugby Championship against Argentina.

Damian de Allende, Juan de Jongh, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit, Bongi Mbonambi and Sikhumbuzo Notshe were all named by coach Allister Coetzee in his squad of 31 players.

Overall, seven changes have been made to the squad that did duty against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Test Series in June. Injured players not considered for selection are Frans Malherbe, Coenie Oosthuizen, Jan Serfontein, Pat Lambie, Handré Pollard, Cobus Reinach and Siya Kolisi.

The Springbok squad will assemble in stages in Johannesburg. The nine Emirates Lions players who featured in the Vodacom Super Rugby Final earlier on Saturday will join on Wednesday with the six overseas-based players and two Olympians due to join on Sunday, 14 August.

The remaining squad members assemble tomorrow for a week’s preparations before the full squad of 31 players move camp to Nelspruit (14 August) to continue their preparations for the first Test against Argentina, on 20 August in the Mbombela Stadium.

Coetzee was excited to start preparations for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and to work with the new players in the 31-man Bok squad.

“I’m excited to get Malcolm Marx involved with the Boks on the back of a very strong Vodacom Super Rugby season,” said Coetzee. “It’s also great to welcome back Oupa Mohoje and Vincent Koch to the Boks – both of them have worked incredibly hard and played very well recently.

“Johan Goosen has been in outstanding form for his club in France and gives us a number of options in the backline with his versatility, while Francois Hougaard, Juan de Jongh and Bryan Habana were previously not available because of Springbok Sevens commitments.

“We are fortunate to welcome back an experienced player such as Bryan, who will be able to provide great guidance to our young backs, while Juan and Francois also bring vast experience with them.”

The Bok coach explained the decision not to select the experienced winger JP Pietersen and Willie le Roux: “JP and I recently held discussions and I have decided to give him a much-needed break because he has played a lot of rugby the past three years. Although he has joined English club Leicester, he will still be available for the Springboks. The same applies to Willie, who has just signed with Wasps.

“The other players who were part of the squad in June but have missed out on selection, will continue to be part of the process going forward. We have to build depth because this is a long haul and a tough competition, and they are not out of our plans. It is important that a player such as Scarra Ntubeni, for example, gets playing time in the Currie Cup with his provincial team.

“Losing Siya, Pat and Frans to injury is a huge blow as they are part of our leadership group. However, Oupa also brings leadership to the squad having captained the SA ‘A’ side earlier year against the England Saxons and also leading the Toyota Cheetahs towards the end of their Vodacom Super Rugby campaign,” added Coetzee.

“We will use our experience and learnings from the Ireland series as the stepping stone for the Castle Lager Rugby Championship and keep on growing our depth in our squad and improve on our overall game.”

The selection of prop Trevor Nyakane is subject to medical clearance.

Meanwhile, Coetzee has decided that Chean Roux will take charge of the Bok defensive coaching duties. Roux, who previously assisted the Boks as part of the Mobi Unit on refereeing and technical aspects, fills the vacancy left by Jacques Nienaber who recently left SA Rugby to take up a post at Irish club Munster.

Springbok squad: Ruan Combrinck (Emirates Lions), Damian de Allende (DHL Stormers), Lood de Jager (Toyota Cheetahs), Juan de Jongh (DHL Stormers), Faf de Klerk (Emirates Lions), Pieter-Steph du Toit (DHL Stormers), Eben Etzebeth (DHL Stormers), Johan Goosen (Racing Metro), Bryan Habana (Toulon), Francois Hougaard (Worcester), Elton Jantjies (Emirates Lions), Steven Kitshoff (Bordeaux), Vincent Koch (Steval Pumas), Jaco Kriel (Emirates Lions), Jesse Kriel (Vodacom Bulls), Francois Louw (Bath), Lionel Mapoe (Emirates Lions), Malcolm Marx (Emirates Lions), Bongi Mbonambi (DHL Stormers), Teboho Mohoje (Toyota Cheetahs), Franco Mostert (Emirates Lions), Tendai Mtawarira (Cell C Sharks), Lwazi Mvovo (Cell C Sharks), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (DHL Stormers), Trevor Nyakane (Vodacom Bulls), Rudy Paige (Vodacom Bulls), Julian Redelinghuys (Emirates Lions), Morne Steyn (Stade Francais), Adriaan Strauss (captain – Vodacom Bulls), Duane Vermeulen (Toulon), Warren Whiteley (Emirates Lions).

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DHL Stormers injury report – July 27 http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-injury-report-july-27/ Wed, 27 Jul 2016 11:27:31 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10756 DHL Stormers flank Siya Kolisi has undergone surgery on his ankle and will be out of action for the next three months.

Kolisi sustained the Syndesmosis injury in the opening stages of the DHL Stormers’ Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs at DHL Newlands.

Nizaam Carr’s shoulder injury will be monitored by the medical staff, and at this stage he is expected to be out for two weeks.

DHL Stormers co-captain Frans Malherbe has also been ruled out for three months due to a neck injury.

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DHL Stormers to come back stronger http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-to-come-back-stronger/ Sun, 24 Jul 2016 10:06:26 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10752 The DHL Stormers are determined to take some valuable lessons from their Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal defeat to the Chiefs and come back stronger next season.

The Hamilton-based side were simply too strong for the hosts at DHL Newlands on Saturday, and DHL Stormers Head Coach Robbie Fleck gave credit to what was a superb performance from the visitors.

“They blew us away in that first half and the tempo they played at just killed us.

“You have got to give credit where it is due, and everything they tried came off for them,” he said.

Fleck said the challenge will be to learn from this experience and work hard to come back stronger next year when they will face New Zealand instead of Australian sides.

“For us it is a taste of what is to come next year, and some of our young guys now know what it is like. We are going to have to lick our wounds, and they are big ones.

“We have got a lot of work to do, and we have still got to get to grips with the intensity that they play at,” he said.

Looking back on the season captain Schalk Burger said that there has been encouraging growth which bodes well for the future.

“Of course it hurts, but you have got to have a little perspective – this team has come a long way. We started on a journey, we are a young side and I think we did remarkably well to get into a quarterfinal.

“I think the challenge for this group is to stay true to their culture, and everyone must have introspection and improve.

“Fleckie and the management did remarkably well, at the beginning of the year I don’t think a lot of people gave us much of a chance, but we were comfortably winners of our conference.

“Tonight was painful, but I have really enjoyed working with this group of players who are super talented,” he said.

Fleck added that while there is room for growth, there is also a lot of potential in the current squad.

“I think that we can catch up, what we started this year we would like to continue next year.

“I certainly believe that this group can get there, we have had a taste of it now and we are going to work incredibly hard. It is about picking up the pieces now and I certainly believe that this group of players can go in that direction.

“I am certainly excited about what we can do as a group going forward.

“Obviously it is really disappointing and it is going to be a tough one to swallow, but for me as a coach it has been a great experience, I have had good leadership around me and the players have been fantastic in terms of their buy-in but I think we all realise that we are a fair bit off where we need to be and we have a lot of work to do next year,” he said.

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DHL Stormers go down to Chiefs http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-go-down-to-chiefs-2/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:45:39 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10747 The DHL Stormers went down 60-21 to the Chiefs in their Vodacom Super Rugby quarterfinal at DHL Newlands on Saturday.

The team from Hamilton proved too strong for their hosts, scoring four tries in each half to book their place in the Vodacom Super Rugby semifinals.

After some intense opening exchanges the visitors struck first with a penalty from fullback Damian McKenzie, but the DHL Stormers would score the first try as tighthead prop Vince Koch barged over to cap a period of pressure and give the hosts a 7-3 lead after the first 10 minutes.

However, that lead did not last long as the Chiefs responded with two quick tries of their own as first wing Sam McNicol and then scrumhalf Brad Weber dotted down to put them 17-7 ahead after 20 minutes.

The next try came courtesy of a charge down in the DHL Stormers 22, with Chiefs No.8 Tom Sanders getting the last touch after the ball had gone loose in-goal, and their lead was stretched to 27-7 with another penalty from McKenzie shortly afterwards.

They were not done there, and wing James Lowe was next to get on the scoresheet when he collected his own grubber to score in the corner.

However, the DHL Stormers would have the final say in the first half as Koch barged over for his second try to cut the deficit to 34-14 at the break.

The Chiefs were first to strike in the second half as a counter attack was moved wide to McKenzie who scored in the corner to take the lead out to 39-14.

The DHL Stormers refused to give in and they were finally rewarded for their efforts when flank Nizaam Carr burst over for a try with eight minutes left.

However, the Chiefs would have the final say as late tries from replacement hooker Hika Elliot, Tevita Koloamatangi and Tawera Kerr-Barlow sealed the victory.

The scorers:

For DHL Stormers:
Tries: Koch 2, Carr
Cons: Du Preez 2, Thomson

For Chiefs:
Tries: McNicol, Weber, Sanders, Lowe, McKenzie, Elliot, Koloamatangi, Kerr-Barlow
Cons: McKenzie 7
Pens: McKenzie 2

DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Huw Jones, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger (co-captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Ezebeth, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Rynhardt Elstadt, 21 Nizaam Carr, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Brandon Thomson.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sam McNicol, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tom Sanders, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Taleni Seu, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Atu Moli, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 18 Mitchell Graham, 19 Tevita Koloamatangi, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Toni Pulu, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

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DHL Stormers 67 minutes for Mandela at Children’s Hospital http://thestormers.com/dhl-stormers-67-minutes-for-mandela-at-childrens-hospital/ Sat, 23 Jul 2016 08:18:16 +0000 http://thestormers.com/?p=10740 The DHL Stormers visited the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital on Thursday to give their 67 minutes for Mandela.

As part of the Mandela Week initiative in memory of the iconic former statesman in the week of his birthday, the DHL Stormers visited the hospital in Rondebosch following their training session at DHL Newlands as they prepare for the Vodcam Super Rugby quarterfinal against the Chiefs on Saturday.

The players were taken for a tour of the facilities and then divided into groups that made visits to five different wards to interact with the children and hand out goodie bags.

The wards they visited were for Burns, Surgery, Cardiac and Tracheostomies and Renal and Specialised Medical care.

Communications Officer for the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital Angelique Jordaan said that having the DHL Stormers visit meant a lot to the children.

“I would really like to thank the team for taking time out of their busy schedules to spend some time with our patients. Spending time in hospital can be really tough, but visits such as this inspire hope, create memories that last a lifetime and make the patients’ stay in hospital more bearable by taking their mind off of what they are going through, even if just for a while.

“It was a visit that won’t be forgotten soon – it was not just the children that couldn’t contain their excitement at meeting and spending time with their sporting heroes, but staff members and parents as well,” she said.

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