Super Rugby Team Preview – The Stormers

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What happened to the Stormers?

Three years ago the Stormers had their worst season ever finishing in 11th place. They finished third on the log the following year with a young team that dominated the scrums via Frans Malberbe, Vincent Koch, Steven Kitshoff, Scarra Ntubeni and Bongi Mbonambi. Last year they again finished third on the log thanks more to the new format than their performance. At least 80% of the New Zealand franchises were better than the Stormers.

The men from the Cape bashed and bruised their way to the playoffs in try-less style. Then they were deservedly thumped 61-21 by the Chiefs. The scoreline showed they were a team in an era that had left them behind. The Stormers were not alone. It happened so fast to all SA franchises bar the Lions. The rugby world, spearheaded by New Zealand, left the antiquated Boks/Bulls style of play behind.

Ribbie Fleck has been appointed as Head Coach for three years to transform the team. Time will tell if he can manage to bridge the gap.

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Scout pick: Damian de Allende beat 76 defenders last season

Round 1 - Stormers vs Bulls

Sat 23 Feb Stormers Bulls Cape Town 17:05 SA time

History

There have been 26 Matches between the Stormers and the Bulls. The Stormers have won 15 of the encounters for a 58% win record. The average score line is tied up at 22-21 to the Stormers with the try average sitting at 2 tries each. Both teams have scored a half century of tries against one another since Super Rugby began.

The biggest win for the Stormers came in 2010 when Bulls fielded an under-strength team having already qualified for the final. The men from Cape Town won 38-10 at Newlands. The biggest win for the Bulls was 49-12 in Pretoria 2007.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Bulls Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 26 13 50.0% 13 50.0%
Wins 15 57.7% 9 69.2% 6 46.2%
Losses 10 33.5% 3 23.1% 7 53.8%
Draws 1 3.8% 1 7.7% 0 -

 

Round 2 - Jaguares vs Stormers

Sat 4 Mar Jaguares Stormers Newlands 17:15 SA Time

History

The Stormers won the only encounter 13-8 at Estadio Jose Amaltifani in round 2 last season. Cheslin Kolbe scored the Stormers only try and Kurt Coleman kicked a couple of penalties. Jeronimo De La Feunte scored a try for Jaguares. 

Round 3 - Kings vs Stormers

Sat 11 Mar Kings Stormers Port Elizabeth 19:30 SA Time

History

The Stormers have a 100% win record against the Kings having won all three encounters against the men from PE. Last season the Stormers won 52-24 scoring 8 tries to 3.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Kings Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 3 2 66.7% 1 33.3%
Wins 3 100% 2 100% 1 100%
Losses 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%
Draws 0 0% 0 0% 0 0%

 

Round 4 - BYE

Round 5 - Sunwolves vs Stormers

Sat 25 Mar Sunwolves Stormers Singapore 18:55 13:55 SA Time

History

The Stormers thumped the Sunwolves 46-19 in Cape Town last years scoring seven tries to one. When they played in Singapore the teams drew 17-all.

Round 6 - Stormers vs Cheetahs

Sat 1 Apr Stormers Cheetahs Cape Town 15:00 SA Time

History

There have been 17 Matches between the Stormers and the Cheetahs. The Stormers have won 12 of the encounters for a 71% win record. The average score line is 25-18 points to the Stormers who outscore the Cheetahs by three tries to two. 

The Stormers have won the last three matches. The record win for the Stormers is 42-12 in Cape Town, 2015.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Cheetahs Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 17 100.0% 9 53% 7 47%
Wins 10 71% 8 89% 4 50%
Losses 5 29% 1 11% 4 50%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

 

Round 7 - Stormers vs Chiefs

Sat 8 Apr StormersStormers ChiefsChiefs Cape Town 19:10 SA Time

History

The Chiefs have been riding rough over the Stormers having won the last three encounters.  The history is 50-50 but after their 60-21 defeat at home last season the men from the Cape have a rot to stop.

Statistics

Stormers vs Chiefs Total Stormers Home Stormers Away
Played 18 100.0% 9 50.0% 9 50.0%
Wins 9 50.0% 5 55.6% 4 44.4%
Losses 9 50.0% 4 44.4% 5 55.6%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

 

Round 8 - Lions vs Stormers

Sat 15 Apr Stormers Lions Cape Town 17:15 SA Time

History

On the 22nd of February 2015 the Lions broke a cold, dark and miserable 13 match losing streak to the Stormers. The history still looks bleak with the Stormers having won 68% of the encounters. So the overall record is played 22, Stormers 15 – 6 Lions with a draw at Newlands in 2015. The average score is 24-20 to the Stormers who outscore the home side thee tries to two on average.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Lions Total Home Away
Played 22 100.0% 10 45.5% 12 54.5%
Wins 15 68.2% 7 70.0% 8 66.7%
Losses 6 27.3% 2 20.0% 4 33.3%
Draws 1 4.5% 1 10.0% 0 -

 

Round 9 - Crusaders vs Stormers

Sat 22 Apr CrusadersCrusaders StormersStormers Christchurch 09:35 SA Time

History

History does not look good for the Stormers in this one. There is no silver lining in the land of the long white cloud. They have never beaten the Crusaders in New Zealand. The Stormers have only won four matches out of 19 against the men from Christchurch. They have won just one out of the last eight matches. 

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Crusaders vs Stormers Total Home Away
Played 19 100.0% 10 52.6% 9 47.4%
Wins 4 21.1% 4 40.0% 0 -
Losses 15 78.9% 6 60.0% 9 100.0%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

 

Round 10 - Highlanders vs Stormers

Fri 28 Apr HighlandersHighlanders Stormers Otago 19:45 (NZ) 9:35 (SA)

History

In 2015 the Highlanders ended a 6-match losing streak against the Stormers. In the first 11 matches between the two side the Stormers won just two games. The Stormers have had the best of it in recent times leaving the record fairly even at 9-8 to the men from Otago.

 

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Highlanders Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 18 100.0% 10 55.6% 8 44.4%
Wins 8 44.4% 6 60.0% 2 25.0%
Losses 9 50.0% 4 40.0% 5 62.5%
Draws 1 5.6% 0 - 1 12.5%

Round 11 - Hurricanes vs Stormers

Fri 5 May HurricanesHurricanes StormersStormers Wellington 19:45 (NZ) 9:35 (SA)

History

In 2015 the Hurricanes ended a 4-match losing streak against the Stormers. The Stormers have had the best of it with a 59% win record against the men from Wellington.

Super Rugby Results Statistic

Stormers vs Hurricanes Total Home Away
Played 18 100.0% 10 55.6% 8 44.4%
Wins 8 44.4% 6 60.0% 2 25.0%
Losses 9 50.0% 4 40.0% 5 62.5%
Draws 1 5.6% 0 - 1 12.5%

 

 

Round 12 - BYE

Round 13 - Stormers vs Blues

Fri 19 May StormersStormers BluesReds Cape Town 19:00 SA Time

History

The have been 17 Matches in total with the Stormers having scalped the Blues 8 times! The average scoreline lies at 26-24 to the Blues and the average try count sits at three to two in favour of the visitors.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Blues Total Stormers Home Stormers Away
Played 17 100.0% 8 47.1% 9 52.9%
Wins 8 47.1% 4 50.0% 4 44.4%
Losses 9 52.9% 4 50.0% 5 55.6%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

Round 14 - Sharks vs Stormers

Sat 27 May Sharks Stormers Durban 17:15 SA Time

History

There is no closer rival in Super Rugby than the one between the Sharks and the Stormers. This is how close it is: the Stormers have scored 506 points against the Sharks and conceded 512. There have been 25 Matches with 12 wins each to the Stormers and 13 to the Sharks. The average score line in 20 points all with the try average sitting at 2 tries each.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Sharks Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 25 13 52% 12 48%
Wins 12 48% 7 54% 5 42%
Losses 13 52% 6 46% 7 58%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

 

Round 15 -Cheetahs vs Stormers

Sat 1 Jul Cheetahs Stormers Bloemfontein 15:00 SA Time

History

There have been 17 Matches between the Stormers and the Cheetahs. The Stormers have won 12 of the encounters for a 71% win record. The average score line is 25-18 points to the Stormers who outscore the Cheetahs by three tries to two. 

The Stormers have won the last three matches. The record win for the Stormers is 42-12 in Cape Town, 2015.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Cheetahs Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 17 100.0% 9 53% 7 47%
Wins 10 71% 8 89% 4 50%
Losses 5 29% 1 11% 4 50%
Draws 0 - 0 - 0 -

 

Round 16 - Sunwolves vs Stormers

Sat 8 July Sunwolves Stormers Singapore 19:45 Singapore Time

History

Not much history here. This will be the fourth time these sides meet, last season the Stormers won the first match in Cape Town. They drew 17-all in Singapore.

Round 17 - Bulls vs Stormers

Sat 21 May Bulls Stormers Pretoria 19:10 SA Time

 

History

There have been 26 Matches between the Stormers and the Bulls. The Stormers have won 15 of the encounters for a 58% win record. The average score line is tied up at 22-21 to the Stormers with the try average sitting at 2 tries each. Both teams have scored a half century of tries against one another since Super Rugby began.

The biggest win for the Stormers came in 2010 when Bulls fielded an under-strength team having already qualified for the final. The men from Cape Town won 38-10 at Newlands. The biggest win for the Bulls was 49-12 in Pretoria 2007.

Super Rugby Results Statistics

Stormers vs Bulls Total Stormers at Home Stormers Away
Played 26 13 50.0% 13 50.0%
Wins 15 57.7% 9 69.2% 6 46.2%
Losses 10 33.5% 3 23.1% 7 53.8%
Draws 1 3.8% 1 7.7% 0 -
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