Stormers tackled into submission

Sat, 23 Feb 2013 11:42
Large bulls v stormers tackle Large morne steyn kicks v stormer Large bulls v stormers tackle3 Large morne steyn bulls kicks Large bulls v stormers tackle2

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke pinpointed his side's defensive efforts and the performance of flyhalf Morné Steyn, following their victory over the Stormers.

Bulls coach Frans Ludeke pinpointed his side's defensive efforts and the performance of flyhalf Morné Steyn as the main factors in their victory over the Stormers in their opening Super Rugby match at Loftus Versfeld on Friday.

"The battle on the gainline was massive and you could see that from all the bumps and bruises, but from our side it required a big effort to keep them out," Ludeke said.

"We are very satisfied and Pine [Pienaar, Bulls defensive coach] made a few small adjustments and the big thing was the work rate and it paid dividends."

Steyn's accurate place-kicking separated the two sides as he contributed 20 points to his side's 25-17 victory over the Stormers.

The hosts went into the half-time break with a nine-point lead which gave them the psychological edge in the second half.

Matters could have looked different had Stormers flyhalf Elton Jantjies succeeded with his three attempts at goal in the first half.

Steyn, however, looked reinvigorated following last year's drop in form, which saw the marksman-like kicker lose his place as the number one pivot in the country.

On Friday his 2012 endeavours seemed in the distant past as he also impressed with his tactical kicking which compounded the pressure on the Stormers.

"That is the thing with senior players they can put a bad season behind them, that is what Morné did, it was a great start for him and it was great to have him back to his best," Ludeke said.

"Especially with a game like this because that was the difference in the first half we kicked our goals and that applied pressure on them and it forced their hand a few times in the second half.

"That gave us some field position with turnovers and it just built momentum for us."

Bulls skipper Pierre Spies said the team could not have asked for a better start to their campaign and felt it would give them the confidence ahead of their next clash.

"It was important to start the season well, it is a high pressure game when you play the Stormers and it is the first game of the season. So there is a lot at stake," Spies said.

"When you win the game you take the confidence and momentum into the next week.

"It was a great team effort tonight and we were clinical and we are happy with the result."

Meanwhile, Stormers coach Allister Coetzee did not mince his words saying it was a poor performance from his charges.

"It is early in the season and we know now where we are as a team … it is just the mistakes and you can't make that many mistakes in a rugby game," Coetzee said.

"It has that snowball effect and you don't get into the game at all and you don't give yourself opportunity to play."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers echoed Coetzee's sentiments and said the team was flat in the first half where they gave away "too many stupid penalties within kickable range".

"It is a massive wake-up call for us and it just shows the difference between Currie Cup and Super Rugby," De Villiers said.

"It is step-up and we didn't make that step today, it is only the first week of the competition but we need to improve from here.

"Last year we managed to take points from every single game we played and this time around we didn't even get a point tonight, it is definitely a couple of steps backwards."

SAPA

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Harlequins v Leicester Tigers 17h45 Twickenham Stoop
Edinburgh v Cardiff Blues 19h05 Myreside
Dragons v Leinster 19h30 Rodney Parade
Munster v Scarlets 19h35 Thomond Park
Sat, 25 February 2017
Sunwolves v Hurricanes 04h15 Tokyo
Crusaders v Brumbies 06h35 Christchurch
Waratahs v Force 08h45 Allianz Park
Saracens v Sale Sharks 12h45 Allianz Park
Northampton Saints v Worcester Warriors 13h00 Franklin's Gardens
Exeter Chiefs v Newcastle Falcons 13h00 Sandy Park
Cheetahs v Lions 13h05 Bloemfontein
Scotland v Wales 14h25 BT Murrayfield
Kings v Jaguares 15h15 Port Elizabeth
Ireland v France 16h50 Aviva Stadium
Stormers v Bulls 17h30 Cape Town
Sun, 26 February 2017
Bristol v Bath 11h00 Ashton Gate
Wasps v Gloucester 12h30 Ricoh Arena
Treviso v Connacht 12h30 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Zebre v Ulster 12h30 Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi
Ospreys v Glasgow Warriors 13h05 Liberty Stadium
England v Italy 15h00 Twickenham Stadium
Mon, 27 February 2017
UCT-Ikeys v Maties 14h45 Cape Town
UWC v TUT 16h30 Cape Town
CUT-Ixias v UJ 16h30 Bloemfontein
Rhodes v Fort Hare 16h30 Grahamstown
UP-Tuks v Wits 16h30 Pretoria
CPUT v UKZN-Impi 16h30 Cape Town
Shimlas v NWU-Pukke 17h00 Bloemfontein
Thu, 02 March 2017
Force v Reds 10h30 Perth
Fri, 03 March 2017
Chiefs v Blues 06h35 Hamilton
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 24 February 2017
Reds v Sharks 28 | 26
Highlanders v Chiefs 15 | 24
Thu, 23 February 2017
Rebels v Blues 18 | 56
Tue, 21 February 2017
CUT-Ixias v Shimlas 13 | 22
Mon, 20 February 2017
UJ v UP-Tuks 18 | 11
UKZN-Impi v Fort Hare 16 | 10
UWC v Rhodes 88 | 8
Maties v NMMU-Madibaz 35 | 16
TUT v WSU 13 | 17
NWU-Pukke v UCT-Ikeys 20 | 15
Sun, 19 February 2017
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 46 | 31
Sale Sharks v Wasps 34 | 28
Sat, 18 February 2017
Connacht v Dragons 14 | 9
Ospreys v Munster 23 | 25
Leicester Tigers v Bristol 50 | 17
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Reds 1 1 0 0 4
Brumbies 0 0 0 0 0
Waratahs 0 0 0 0 0
Force 0 0 0 0 0
Rebels 1 0 0 1 0
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Blues 1 1 0 0 5
Chiefs 1 1 0 0 5
Hurricanes 0 0 0 0 0
Crusaders 0 0 0 0 0
Highlanders 1 0 0 1 0
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 0 0 0 0 0
Bulls 0 0 0 0 0
Cheetahs 0 0 0 0 0
Sunwolves 0 0 0 0 0
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Sharks 1 0 0 1 1
Lions 0 0 0 0 0
Jaguares 0 0 0 0 0
Kings 0 0 0 0 0