May 28, 2010 in Uncategorized
I would just like to say that no matter what happens tomorrow in Soweto, the Stormers of the 2010 season can hold their so high, you’d think they all have been smoking the green leaf. Bulls fans, say what you like about this statement above: That im preparing myself to soften the blow of tomorrow’s loss.. Or Im using this blog as an excuse incase we lose.. Say n think whachu like but to be honest, if you had asked any Stormer fan in the beginning of the season if they’d take winning a home semi-final & play their old rival in an epic final in Soweto, They would take it!!!
But now that we’re at the end, lets go back to the beginning… Here are some snippets I took out of one my blogs called: You smell that?? Super Rugby is Back Baby!!
I read the previews of each team the sarugby.com team so comprehensively put out for us rugby fans n the way they see it come semi final time, it will be the Bulls hosting the Stormers & the Saders hosting the Brumbies. They also called the Bulls to win the whole thing. I’m not so sure about that.. & I’m not just saying it because I’m a stormer but I don’t think you can call it so clear cut & dry.
& here are some questions I asked in that same blog:
- Will the real Dan Carter stand up? You know the one that was the best player (let alone flyhalf) in the world just a couple of seasons back. The same can be asked of the Crusaders.
- Will the Bulls again bulk under pressure of being defending champs like they did back in 08?
- Can the Stormers & the Sharks constantly play at a high level throughout the season?
Well the Stormers & Bulls certainly answered my questions in big way and congrats to them both.
Back to my Stormers, because this blog is about them, so join me Stormer fans as take you down memory lane and just SOME of the highlights for me of the season and because it’s the highlights, I’ll only talk about the games we won…
- Opening game against the Lions, Jaque Fourie against his previous team and how does he steal the Stormer fans’ hearts?? By running over his former teammates for a lovely try. Final Score: Stormers 26 – Lions 13
- The game against the Waratahs, I was really nervous about but the Stormers’ tenacious defense (what was to become the backbone of our success) and 2 scintillating tries by Habana put me to sleep that night.
Final Score: Stormers 27 – Waratahs 6
- After a narrow defeat (literally) at the hands of the Brock Harris & George Smith, the Stormers bounce back with a bang, giving the Higlanders a duck with the Newlands faithful accepting their apology for the previous week defeat.
Final Score: Stormers 33 – Highlanders 0
- Next up were the Canes, and after this win, was when I started thinking semis.. I also remember this game for “Slow-mo” Nakelivuki probably having one his best games in a Stormer jumper
Final Score: Stormers 37 – Hurricanes 17
- Ever since the Cheetahs beat us in a Currie Cup semi-final in the mid 2000’s on our homeground, I’ve always been nervous playing against them.. But once against the Stormers defence came to the fore.
Final Score: Stormers 21 – Cheetahs 8
- Coming a bit stuck against the Force, we really handed it out to the Blues the next weekend.. & who can forget Gio Aplon’s break to set up my 3rd favorite try of the season. Awesome!!!!
Final Score: Stormers 33 – Blues 21
- 2004 we put 50 points past the Blues in their own backyard and even though we didn’t manage to get the half century this time against the Chiefs, this game definitely share the honour with that Blues game as: The best game the Stormers played on NZ soil. This game also produced the try of the season (for me that is).
Final Score: Stormers 49 – Chiefs 15
- After losing against the Reds in Brisbane (another aussie opposition we should’ve put away) we came home to play the 7 time champions, Crusaders and I didn’t know what to expect… & I certainly didn’t expect the Stormers to beat them so convincingly. Jaque Fourie scored arguably the individual try of the season and the Stormers loosies shut down McCaw. It was beautiful!!!
Final Score: Stormers 42 – Crusaders 14
- Yes we lost against the Sharks, n thx for that Slow-mo, our attention quickly shifted to the Bulls game. And eventhough they didn’t bring their best side down to Cape Town, a victory against will always and forever be sweet!!!
Final Score: Stormers 38 – Bulls 10
Now throw in there finishing 2nd on the log, conceding the least amount of points and tries AND winning our first home semi-final in our history, you have a very successful season so far. So IF we should lose tomorrow, we should hold our heads high & reflect on how much we have actually achieved this season.
So with that, I’d like to say.. Thank you for an awesome season & Goodluck Stormers!!! I’ll be knap-ses right behind you guys from the beginning till the end!!! NOW GO TO SOWETO N MAKE THE CIRCLE BIGGER!!!!! N LETS SHOW DEM!!!!! one last time: GO STOOOOOOOOORMERS!!!