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Stormers v Reds

Stormers v Reds

In their second week in South Africa the reds head to Newlands in Cape Town to take on one of the toughest assignments in Super rugby. The Stormers at home! They’re smarting from a defeat to the Cheetahs. The Reds were done by the Bulls at altitude. Two teams with a point to prove, one team with points on the board and the other team is the Reds.

The Match

The first half was played at a cracking pace with both sides looking to run the ball. The Reds scored first from a ruck penalty but it was the Stormers who were making big metres around the ruck area. The Stormers turned that go forward into well worked tries to Johnny Kotze and Leolin Zas. With Zas’s work to plant the ball over the line especially pretty to watch.

The Reds managed to pull back a try later in the half when Liam Gill snuck a try close to the uprights after a hit up off a five metre scrum. The Reds scrum and lineout was in control without dominating while the Stormers were winning the ruck and maul battle. Both teams handling was letting them down but I think the Stormers coach would be ruing his sides effort more with two or three mistakes in their 22 costing them badly. The Stormers kicked a late penalty to lead 17-10 at half time.

The Reds roared into the second half with a better ruck and maul game and two quick tries. Karmichael Hunt scored his first Super rugby try after some good lead up work from Curtis Browning. Eto Nabuli was then rewarded for a strong game with a try on the same wing. Suddenly the Reds were leading 22-17 but it was short lived with the Stormers Nic Groom stealing a cheeky try by placing the ball against the goal post.

The Reds now started to lose their way. The Stormers replacements strengthen their team while the Reds didn’t make an impact. They started to give away penalties and the Stormers sharp shooters never missed a kick. The 24-22 scoreline after the try was quickly 33-22 with time running out for a comeback. Sam Talakai was sinbined for something with eight minutes to go and while the Reds tried valiantly to close the gap the extra man made that nearly impossible. Right on full time the Stormers scored their forth try to blow the score out a little the 40-22 score not reflecting how well the Reds had played.


The Game Changer

In a entertaining see-sawing game it’s hard to pick a turning point. It would be easy to point out the mystifying Talakai yellow card but the Stormers reserves bench, led by Sckalk burger, clearly made a huge difference and lift their team and propelled them accross the line.


Samu Kerevi had a great game. Jean-Luc du Plessis was the official man of the match but the guy who caught my eye was the Stormers fullback Cheslin Kolbe. He was solid in defence and elusive in attack. His deft little kicks at the line caused no end of trouble for the Reds defence and e is the GAGR MOTM

Wallaby watch

Ant Fainga’a is a long way behind Toomua and then Beale but he deserves a mention. His centre partner Samu Kerevi was the Reds best player again and took on a huge work load with the ball in hand. James Slipper seems to be back in top form. Andrew Ready again put his hand up for a Wallaby squad place. Is Eto Nabuli eligible for the Wallabies? I should really find out. He could be a dark horse for the wing spot that Tomane doesn’t want.

The Details

Crowd: 20231

Score & Scorers

Stormers: 40
Tries: Johny Kotze, Leolin Zas, Nic Groom, Vincent Koch
Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis 3, Brandon Thomson
Penalties: Jean-Luc du Plessis, Brandon Thomson 3
Reds: 22
Tries: Liam Gill, Karmichael Hunt, Eto Nabuli
Conversions: Jake McIntyre 2
Penalties: Jake McIntyre 1

Cards & citings

Sam Talakai YC

  • skip

    You’re bang on about the bench. The Reds shape & decision making went in he last 20, just like against the Bulls. The TV got a real spray when Goromaru booted it straight down their throat and it was returned with interest. Just one example but it was the one that stuck out as he’s our marquee player.

    That said, after the Force debacle, I would’ve told you’d we’d be lucky to get 3 in either of these games so there’s hope. For 60 minutes the guys look like a good side and the Cheetahs at home is a good chance to go better.

    • RobC

      Wasnt just the bench.
      – Jake missed a bankable 3 pointer at 59′
      – Tui dropped it cold at 63 at the Stormers redzone
      – Jake missed the restart 10m at 65′
      – No Reds jumped at the Reds own lineout 71′ (Simmo’s call)
      – Frisby didnt clear the ball at death, leading to the Koch try

      • skip

        That’s what i meant by shape i guess, which of course isn’t just the bench but when new guys come on the cohesion seems to go.

  • muffy

    Great write up on the game sully, but this is all far too polite.

    The first half was fair (except the offside calls and the fact the stormer were off their feet at every ruck). The last half was an abject display is typical SA reffing where marginal calls go against the visitors and SA teams get away with chaos.

    The Stormers would have probably won, but it would have been a better game without the usual BS. Additionally, the replays in SA are amazingly selective.

    This was a great game by the Reds, and I can handle the loss (I’m used to it now) but my enjoyment tarnished by the usual SA shit. That no one really is doing anything about or talking about for fear of the usual “blame the ref” comments that follow.

    • Big Ted

      Couldn’t have said it better myself! You just beat me too it is all. I uttered similar sentiments on here a few weeks ago after the stormers played the Brums. Both the assist. ref’s were worse than the on field ref and he wasn’t very good.

      Ref’s aside, I thought it was a big step forward for the Reds who were still a chance with 10 mins to go. Would love to see them continue progressing this season and knock a few teams over.

  • Brisneyland Local

    I have to echo the sentiments of Muffy and Big Ted. By half time I was repairing the plasterboard in my tv room from the things I had thrown at the wall.
    There must be neutral umpires, SANZAR have to get off their ass and do something about this.
    About the game, I thought Ant Faianga looked really good, he certainly adds some starch to the defence, and straightens up the attack.
    There are definitely signns of improvement across the board for the Reds. As a long suffering Reds fan, I am certainly feeling a lot more positive.

    • When you go to South Africa you have to expect a certain standard of refereeing and allow for it in you game plan. Is it fair? Does anyone in South Africa care? We have to be better than them and that is all that matters.

      The Reds had plenty of opportunities to score a lot more points and blew them. That’s a fact. The ref didn’t take that away. They did it to themselves.

      @disqus_qGtNVRD6Un:disqus and @disqus_NDUBd9iUgw:disqus and @brisneylandlocal:disqus Have at me.

      • muffy

        Ooooh it’s on big fella, it’s on! I don’t think that in a set up worth millions we need to just accept it as OK that That’s how it is. If you lower the bar, the bar is forever lowered. And fcuk me its a low bar in SA

        • First time long time

          I agree with you both, the Reds have themselves to blame for plenty but shouldn’t have to cop the way the refs have been rostered.
          Eg reds v Tahs in Sydney, Sydney ref, and for the return match in Brisbane SA ref, what’s good for the geese should be good for the Tahs.
          Just remove the perception of bias and have neutral refs.

      • Simon

        Nobody’s blaming the ref for the loss. Everybody agrees the Reds needed to be better than that, had their chance and blew it.

        But that doesn’t mean this continual bias in SA reffing should be excused or accepted. It’s past time for neutral refs – and that’s in SA’s best interest too, because their wins always have this issue hanging over their heads, even when those wins are well deserved like the Stormers’ was yesterday.

        And it’s not to say there’s no bias in Kiwi or Aussie refs either. It’s just nowhere near as blatant, but again the argument for neutral refs is there.

  • RobC

    Thanks Sully. Curtis Browning, did alright I thought as well.

    My fav Reds moments:

    – 50′ LFG takes over scrummie duties (Frisby was slow to the mark) to get quick ball out from the Kerevi break to Nabuli try
    – 57′ TH scrum win by Sef Avatar Holmsey. You dont win TH scrums against the Stormers
    – 61′ Browning does an LFG and runs 20m from the ruck base offload to Nabuli. (who should have passed to an open Frisby to his left for a try)
    – 77′ Untacklable Nabuli. Stormers fail to wrap around his spritely legs

    My abso fav is at 13′ by Reds 13:
    – Samu K, strips the pill off Kolbe
    – In attack, he fends Kolbe knocks him down and back, onto his back
    – Dismissed 115kg lock Pieter Steph Du-Toit
    – Runs it into the Stormers half.

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