Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The Stormers edge the Blues in another dramatic game

The Stormers edge the Blues in another dramatic game

Following a bit of a trend this past weekend in world rugby, the Stormers traveled to Auckland and pulled off a last ditch 28-26 win against the Blues, in yet another game of two halves.

It was a classic match-up as the men from Cape Town were determined to avoid a three game losing streak, but had to fight for it after being down 19-3 at halftime, and playing with fourteen men after Francois Louw was yellow carded.

The Stormers came out pumped up in the second half though, and thanks to some great play by new center pairing Juan De Jongh and Johann Sadie, got within touching distance of a famous win. A controversial late try from Schalk Burger got them equal, then an ice-cool conversion from replacement scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage gave them the win.

Errors and missed tackles were the downfall of the home side, although the stats actually show that the Stormers missed eight more than the Auckland region. Perhaps a telling stat is the linebreaks, with the Stormers making 13 to the 7 of the Blues.

Coach Pat Lam seemed to direct his attention towards the officials though, claiming that the Burger try shouldn't have been given. "Some calls out there made it very tough for us," he said.

"When the touch judge says it's short, and Alby (Mathewson) says it's short, but Keith Brown (referee) believes he saw it over the line. We're very frustrated."

On the plus side, Luke McAlister became the first New Zealand player to break the 100 point mark this season, taking his season tally to 109 points, something that All Black coach Graham Henry will surely take note of.

For the Stormers, the successful center pairing of De Jongh and Sadie are likely to be relegated to the bench for their next game against the Brumbies. If Jaque Fourie and Jean De Villiers are fit, they will be automatic selections, said forwards coach Matt Proudfoot from Sydney.


Time: 05:19

Posted at 6:05 pm | 36 comments

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Monsignor Rustbucket May 25, 2011 5:23 pm

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Dispicable May 25, 2011 5:24 pm

This blues team are clearly trying to copy Leinster

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Saracens4Aviva May 25, 2011 5:25 pm

Really really poor defence.

Aviva teams would defo hammer these two excuses of teams.

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Mike May 25, 2011 5:34 pm

Looks like a fantastic game based on the highlights. Sad to see so many empty seats at such a great game - they deserve a bigger audience.

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RD May 25, 2011 5:35 pm

The North/South bitterness by some of you in the comments is becoming slightly annoying.

This site is for true Rugby fans, no matter where you come from. If you love the game, enjoy the clips and be positive when visiting. If you just want to cause trouble, please take it elsewhere.

Thanks

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 5:44 pm

wierd to see empty stadiums, is this a new thing or have i just noticed?

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Ben May 25, 2011 5:44 pm

I watched this one, it was a really bizarre game. Neither team played particularly well in trying conditions, but the Stormers showed a lot of guts to get the result away from home and with a lot of injuries.

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Canada for RWC11 May 25, 2011 5:55 pm

IMO Bryan Habana is on his last legs...he needs to move on up North where he can be good and make money.

Kind of an odd game, I saw it on tv and it was intense to watch, but disappointing I'm sure as Blues fans, especially with so many players leaving this year.

I saw this and 1 other game from the weekend on tv lol, more S15 please RD!! Doing great tho

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 6:12 pm

Great game! Solid hits from both sides and some lovely runs too.

Rugby is the real winner

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 6:45 pm

I think the SH trolls have finally pissed off everyone sufficiently that there is now an NH troll backlash. Who should we blame? :)

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Darren May 25, 2011 6:54 pm

Word is that Rob Kearney is going to join the Stormers to regain some fitness before the world cup. Hope it goes well for him.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 7:42 pm

The tackling in super rugby is so so poor! It makes the attack look so much better than it is. Both of these teams would get get minced in the premiership, further proof its the toughest rugby league in the world.
Shocking, shocking defence..

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 7:48 pm

Enjoyed Jaque Fourie going mental at 3:19!

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Adam Keni May 25, 2011 7:49 pm

@RD Well said.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 8:18 pm

Whats with the boo's for the last kick?

This aint football. SH fans not doing themselves any favours there.

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The Green Mafia May 25, 2011 10:05 pm

Hmmm, one thing is really ticking in the back of my mind. If this video is an example, then it's true that Smokin Joe Rokocoko is getting back to his best? I surelly hope so, as hes one of my favourite players. He just used to make things look so easy, gracefull and all slow-motion-like

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 10:37 pm

Lol wtf the stormers beat the Blues without their centre pairing and a scrumhalf playing flyhalf and a nz ref in nz against the top nz side with a yellow card and Ricky Januarie playing 80 minutes lol in the face of you

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 11:40 pm

Pretty sure there's just one guy from England whose posting over and over agian, trying to cause trouble.
If this is a bad game, then you are basically saying that the Springboks and All Blacks can't play rugby, since both these teams are shadow international sides.
Funny how these same players smash European players every time they play them.

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Bill May 25, 2011 11:46 pm

The irony is that on the video for the HC final, there's loads of guys from SH countries complimenting the game and the players.
Then you get these bitter NH kids coming on and slagging off Super Rugby, the competition that produces the best players in the world.
Grow up.

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Anonymous May 25, 2011 11:54 pm

Bill, you've got that totally arsewards. Count how many bitchy comments there were about NH and SH rugby on that thread. You will find a lot more comments running down the NH competitions.

Having said that, it goes without saying that there are also a lot of intelligent SH posters on RD as well as the arse-clowns who think that moaning about something they don't understand is interesting to others..

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Alexander May 26, 2011 12:34 am

Cannot believe this post is absolutely riddled with the bitter and childish NH/SH debate. For God's sake, just enjoy the rugby. I really enjoyed that, and like the look of De Jong and Sadie...

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Bill May 26, 2011 12:48 am

To be fair it goes both ways.
Shit stirrers are shit stirrers.

But the HC was a very good game, and Leinster play a very good style of rugby the majority of the time. They have a great mentality, trying to use skills and ambition to win games, instead of grunt and negative tactics.

But anyway, this video is about Stormers vs Blues (Western province vs Auckland).

And it was a good high quality game, with All Blacks and Springboks throughout both teams.

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 3:11 am

There were 22,000 people there.
Not a terrible attendence for a league fixture.

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Wolfman21 May 26, 2011 4:13 am

Green Mafia - Joe Rokocokokokoko is getting back to his best, he has dumped the idea that all he is good for is running straight into people, and is making some excellent line breaks and mazey runs again. It is fun too watch.

The crowd looks bad because it is a massive stadium, and for some reason in New Zealand and South Africa, they don't fill it up from the front, closing off the top tier, or seats furthest away from the pitch, as they do in Australia. You end up with people sitting in row ZZZ when there are other seats available.

As noted, 22,000 isn't bad.

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AndyMo May 26, 2011 7:55 am

Poor Juan De Jongh, can't catch a break, our best center of colour in the country (haha Adi J is too old) and he has to play in a team with Jean DV and Jacque F.

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 12:13 pm

not trying to say anything towards the pointless north/ south bitchfight, but everyone who watched that video must admit there were some shockingly bad missed tackles there.

Obviously cos it's the highlights we don't see how many open phases there had been before and how tired the players might have been, but that kind of tackling is unacceptable.

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 4:03 pm

^ Let's not forget it was howling down with rain and wind

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Guy May 26, 2011 10:36 pm

Awesome run by Smokin'Joe (the tackle wasn't half bad either).

As a neutral spectator from a country with no rugby heritage whatsoever, to me the NH rugby seems more structured with more solid defense.

The SH type looks a bit more chaotic (at least in the highlights) but therefore a bit more unexpected and exciting.

I enjoy both kinds. They are just different styles.

Anyway, no matter how much bitchin' is going on between NH/SH, League/Union, 7's/15's: it's undeniable that whe are all united in the greatest God-given sport in the universe.

So let's just cut the crap and sing Christmas songs together,
muh-kay??!

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 11:15 pm

Jesus, of course the defence is better in Super Rugby, the players are better.
Look at the line ups of these two teams. They are half the NZ team and half the SA team.
You know, the teams that have no trouble defending against the best Europe has to offer.
The attack in the SH is much more complicated and intelligent, which is why these guys also have no trouble scoring more points than European opposition.

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Anonymous May 26, 2011 11:17 pm

I love how some guy on the internet has the gall to tell a bunch of the best players in the world, who play for the current world champions and the best ranked team in the world, that their tackling is "unacceptable".
Whatever internet guy.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 12:24 pm

I wonder if southern hemisphere defence was so bad, why it is that out of 6 world cups, 5 have been won by southern hemisphere teams? And why is it that when southern hemisphere teams tour up north they still manage to win games? Surely with such crappy defence, NH teams should be walking all over SH teams. Let's just enjoy the rugby instead of resorting to childish northern vs southern hemisphere comments.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 1:13 pm

as I said, it was not a comment on NH vs SH debate.

But when I play, even at my level, and I miss a simple tackle, I know I've let my team down. If several players miss tackles and they score, then your team looks and feels like shit.

I don't care whether you've won 100 world cups or if you play once a week for a scratch team and never train. The above scenario is true of every single rugby player. So yes, missing tackles at any level of the game is unacceptable.

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Laz May 27, 2011 1:22 pm

Absolute rubbish. If nobody ever missed tackles and defenses were 100% perfect, then no tries would ever be scored.

Also, some of you judge clips of missed tackles that lead up to tries, and ignorantly believe that that goes on all match?! Has it never crossed your mind that the scores would be like, 100-90 if that were the case?

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 2:50 pm

@ Laz

quoting myself from a few posts back: "Obviously cos it's the highlights we don't see how many open phases there had been before and how tired the players might have been"

see, I like to cover my back when I know the sort of people who disagree with me won't have thought about their arguments very much at all.

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Anonymous May 27, 2011 11:34 pm

The all blacks went 2 NH tours without having a try scored against. Man they must have horrible defence. Bahahaha. Dreamers.

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Russell May 29, 2011 11:27 am

guys don't feed the trolls!

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