Right from the start, this year’s competition looked to be a Super 12 with no outright winner. Teams lifted their performances and it was very difficult to predict the likely outcome, as the semi-finals were only determined right at the death.
For the Investec Stormers, the 2004 Vodacom Super 12 competition can be described as a satisfying one. For the first time in three years a South African team qualified for the Super 12 semi-finals. The Stormers also continued to build on their unbeaten record against any South African side in three years.
Below is final sum up of milestones achieved by the Investec Stormers and individual players during this year’s competition:
50 GAMES REACHED DURING 2004 VODACOM SUPER 12
Hendrik Gerber : 54 games, played in his 50th vs Reds, 10 April, Brisbane
Corne Krige : 56 games, played in his 50th vs Hurricanes, 6 March, Cape Town
MOST CAPPED INVESTEC STORMERS PLAYER
Pieter Rossouw : 65 games
TOP POINT SCORERS FOR INVESTEC STORMERS IN 2004
1. Chris Rossouw : 77 points (1t;12c;16p)
2. Gaffie du Toit : 45 points (1t;11c;5p;1dg)
3. Marius Joubert : 25 points (5t)
TOP TRY SCORERS
Marius Joubert: 5 tries
Tonderai Chavhanga: 4 tries
Breyton Paulse: 4 tries
Adri Badenhorst: 3 tries (top try scorer for forwards)
MOST TRIES IN A GAME
8 tries – Investec Stormers vs Blues, in Auckland, New Zealand
RECORD WINS IN 2004 SEASON
Biggest winning margin was 28 points – Stormers vs Blues 51-23 in Auckland.
Lowest winning margin was 1 point – Investec Stormers vs Reds 21-20 in Brisbane.
CLOCKING UP VOYAGER MILES
The four weeks before the semi-finals and the trip to the semi-final venue, Auckland, the Stormers travelled 26, 300 km. (Auckland, Hamilton, Christchurch, Durban, Christchurch)
In contrast, the other teams travelled the following distances:
-Crusaders : 12, 400 km
(Johannesburg, Home, Home, Wellington, Home)
-Brumbies : 5000 km
(Bye, Sydney, Home, Hamilton, Home)
-Chiefs : 14, 500 km
(Durban, Home, Home, Home, Canberra)