Stormers Beat The Bulls In Tight Derby

The Stormers held on for a narrow 15-13 North-South Derby win as they defeated the Bulls in a scrappy Super Rugby match at a sold-out Newland Stadium on Saturday.

Demetri Catrakilis opened the scoring through a fifth minute penalty after Dean Greyling was penalised for not rolling away to give his team the lead. Catrakilis slotted away two more penalties to have the hosts leading 9-0 after 13 minutes played as the visitors struggled to get into the game.

Despite a sluggish start the Bulls got points on the board after Frans Malherbe was penalised for scrumming in and Handre Pollard stepped up to convert the penalty. 9-3 after 25 minutes.

Juan De Jongh had the ball over the line for the Stormers in the 39th minute but the try was ruled out as there was a foward pass in a phase of play leading up to the try. However, the home team got a penalty which Catrakilis converted and Allister Coetzee’s men lead 12-3 at the break.

Frans Ludeke’s men got off to a flying start in the second half as Nick Groom failed to get the ball under his control and Francois Hougaard pounced to launch the counterattack with Bjorn Basson getting the ball over the line for the try. Pollard converted the extras as the Bulls cut the deficit down to two points after 43 minutes played.

Catrakilis and Pollard exchanged penalties as the momentum had gradually swung to the visitors. The hosts however did well to repel the waves of Bulls attacks and hung on for the crucial win, which took them up to second on the combined conference log.