The DHL Stormers maintained their recent run of form with a clinical 16-0 Vodacom Super Rugby win over the Bulls at DHL Newlands on a cold Saturday night.
The hosts scored the game’s only try – a first-ever try in DHL Stormers colours for fullback Jaco Taute – and they were deserved winners against the Men from Pretoria, who had beaten the Stormers in Pretoria last time out.
DHL Stormers flyhalf Kurt Coleman converted Taute’s try in the 14th minute – having made the initial break before feeding a rampaging Nizaam Carr, who, in turn put Taute away – and he also slotted three penalties for a match-haul of 11 points.
Flanker Carr, meanwhile, was voted as the official Vodacom Man of the Match, having once again impressed in all facets of play for the DHL Stormers.
The Stormers were clinical with ball in hand and offered nothing in defence as they kept the Bulls scoreless and did not even give them a kick at goal. They have now won their last four matches in succession, their previous defeat having been against the selfsame Bulls on May 10.
The weather conditions were the talk of town in the lead-up to tonight’s match. Although it was cold, some 33,565 spectators still braved the low temperatures and had to put up with a bit of rain early in the second half.
The DHL Stormers will finish their 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign against the Sharks next Saturday, at DHL Newlands (kick-off 19h10), whilst the Bulls will host the Rebels next weekend.
For the DHL Stormers:
Pens: Coleman 3
DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Manuel Carizza, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Seabelo Senatla.
Bulls: 15 Ulrich Beyers, 14 Akona Ndungane, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Jan Serfontein, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Handré Pollard, 9 Francois Hougaard, 8 Grant Hattingh, 7 Jacques Engelbrecht, 6 Jono Ross, 5 Victor Matfield (captain), 4 Paul Willemse, 3 Werner Kruger, 2 Callie Visagie, 1 Dean Greyling.
Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Marcel van der Merwe, 18 Marvin Orie, 19 Roelof Smit, 20 Piet van Zyl, 21 Jacques-Louis Potgieter, 22 William Small-Smith, 24 Morné Mellett.
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
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