Stormers outplay Bulls
The Stormers beat the Bulls at Newlands 16-0.
CAPE TOWN - The Stormers have beaten the Bulls 16-0 in a Super Rugby clash at a wet and windy Newlands Stadium.
Some good attacking play from the Stormers in the first few minutes of the match resulted in a penalty which Kurt Coleman had no problem slotting to hand the Cape side an early lead.
Coleman was at the heart of every quality move the Stormers put together and played an integral role in the games only try in the 13th minute.
From his base at first receiver, Coleman hit a half gap, before offloading in the contact to Nizaam Carr, who burst through a hole in the Bulls defence into space.
A textbook play saw man-of-the-match Carr draw his defender before sending the ball wide to Jaco Taute, who dotted down virtually unopposed.
Coleman converted to put Allister Coetzee's men 10-0 in front with just under 15 minutes played in the match.
Another successful penalty from Coleman saw the home side stretch their lead to 13-0 after 25 minutes.
The Bulls meanwhile saw little of the ball and were uncharacteristically poor at line out time.
Coleman rounded off the half with a further penalty on the stroke of halftime - the Stormers jogging down the tunnel 16-0 in front after a solid opening 40 minutes.
A resolute Stormers defence ensured a first half clean sheet, which set them in good stead for the second half as no points were scored by either team as the rain and wind continued to batter Newlands.
The Bulls dominated proceedings at the start of the second half but did little with the improved possession they were enjoying.
A second try looked certain for Taute, but he lost the ball just before he could make a dash for the try line.
The returning Gio Aplon, back from an elbow injury he sustained in March, then made a storming run from the Bulls half but was dragged down mere metres short.
Coleman could not manage to keep his 100 percent kicking record, as a penalty attempt late in the second period hit the post.
Despite the lack of scoring in the second half, the home team will be more than happy with the result and their performance.