The Vodacom Bulls celebrated their biggest ever Super 12-victory and the Stormers suffered their biggest ever defeat as the home team ran out comfortable winners 75-14 Saturday at Securicor Loftus.
Morné Steyn, the Man of the Match, did not just land 13 out of 13 kicks and scored a try, but in doing so also scored the most points ever by a Bulls player.
The Bulls kicked the game off like men possessed and played their best rugby of the season. From the word go it looked like boys against men and although the Stormers spent time in the Bulls’ half, the defense was solid.
The pressure the Bulls created, set the scene for the rout, and the first tries by Bryan Habana and were the result of turnover possession.
At this stag it looked as if there was no stopping the Bulls, but after half an hour’s play, the Stormers got onto the scoreboard courtesey of Gus Theron after a brilliant piece of individual play.
After this, the Bulls never looked back and another try by Habana gave the Bulls a 30-7 cushion at the break.
In the second half, the Bulls did not take the foot off the accelerator and JP Nel scored a scintillating try after a quickly-taken penalty by Richard Bands. After this, the forwards dominated to set up further tries by Pedrie Wannenburg and Morné Steyn.
The Stormers were offered scat respite via Eddie Andrews’ try, but thereafter it was back to behind the posts for them as Ettienne Botha followed up his own kick brilliantly to go over. To further compound the Stormers’ problems, Riaan Olckers was docked a red card for dirty play.
The props, Richard Bans and Wessel Roux, rubbed further salt in the wounds with tries of their own.