Bulls hold off Stormers
It was a traditional North-South contest as it was the Bulls who eventually won the arm wrestle as they played the pressure moments better, held their nerve when it mattered and exhibited a water tight defence to pick up a vital win at Loftus.
The Stormers started the match brightly enough yet the Bulls succeeded in slowing the game down into a physical contest. In such a physical, tight match the winner would always be decided by the set phases and at the breakdown. The referee was particularly harsh on the visitors at scrum time as the Capetonians clearly missed the influence of JC Janse van Rensburg at loosehead.
The Stormers had the majority of ball possession but could not muster much in terms of attacking opportunities. The men in red on this occasion stuttered in attack as there was often a forward like Schalk Burger acting as first received rather than flyhalf, Jean-luc du Plessis taking charge and running the attack. The Bulls were easily able to contain their visitors and often turn over the ball at the tackle area.
After being deadlocked at the break Piet van Zyl had the home fans cheering when he got the opening try. The ball was once again turned over by the Bulls as Arno Botha ripped it in the tackle. The ball came out to Jan Serfontein who put in the chip which SP Marais gathered and fed to Van Zyl.
The Stormers would throw everything into getting back into the game and Damian de Allende would eventually be rewarded for a strong showing as he brought the match to within a ten point margin with ten minutes left to play. At fortress Loftus the men in blue were able to keep their cool and seal the much needed win over their conference rivals.