Sunday, April 18, 2010
The Stormers scored one of the team tries of the season in Hamilton on Friday as they beat the Chiefs 49-15 in the Super 14. Bryan Habana got on the end of a great movement to stroll over, but it was the build up that was sensational to watch.
The Stormers, who have the best defensive record in the tournament this season, scored six tries as the injury ravaged Chiefs tried in vain to break through the defences of the well organised Cape Town based outfit.
The six-tries-to-two win for the touring Stormers means that they are now joint table toppers with the Bulls, but are now strongly fancied as favourites by many.
With the game finely balanced at 6-3 after twenty minutes, they managed to counter attack from a dangerous position, thus producing one of the tries of the season as both forwards and backs handled the ball with incredible ability, offloading in the tackle and retaining possession when they were finally brought down short of the tryline.
A long pass out to supreme finisher Bryan Habana meant he could stroll over to score the try that featured Jaque Fourie twice, Schalk Burger twice, Tiaan Liebenberg twice, Francois Louw, Sireli Naqelivuki, the galloping Andries Bekker, and then scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenhage and flyhalf Peter Grant.
Schalk Burger, who was everywhere on the night and featured prominently in this try, said his side werent going to get carried away with the great win, but would enjoy it.
"For a change we're playing some good rugby right up there and the last few seasons we've been labeled the perennial underachievers.
"So obviously it's nice to be up there on the log but you only need one week to put yourself under pressure again in this competition and next week across the ditch we're playing the Reds, who had a really successful tour of South Africa.
"It's tough to go back-to-back in this competition but we managed to do it, so it's been a pretty awesome week," he added.
New Zealand coach Graeme Henry had earlier in the day named the Stormers as the side he feels are the best in the tournament currently. After this performance, and what is without a doubt a contender for Try of the Season, hes probably not far off.