Rudolph Jacobs
Rugby Journalist
1 minute read
7 Jul 2014
6:00 am

Schalk Burger: We’re not spoilers

Rudolph Jacobs

Stormers captain Schalk Burger claimed there has never been a deliberate intention from his side to deny fellow SA teams spots in the Super Rugby play-offs.

FILE PICTURE: Stormers captain Schalk Burger during the Super Rugby match between DHL Stormers and Vodacom Bulls at DHL Newlands Stadium on July 05, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Shaun Roy/Gallo Images)

The Capetonians ended the Bulls’ slim play-off hopes with a battling 16-0 triumph at Newlands on Saturday and this weekend they are in a position to also deny the Sharks a possible home semifinal.

“It’s never been our intention to be spoilers, but this is the best reality TV you can get, but we feel we have to repay our loyal spectators,” said Burger, above.

With a brilliant converted try in the 15th minute by fullback Jaco Taute, a dominant first-half performance saw flyhalf Kurt Coleman kick three penalties, with the scoreboard remaining passive in the second half.

“The plan was always to keep ball in hand and that first half was as good as any time we played this year, while in the second the old gremlins crept in and the Bulls put us under pressure,” said Burger.

Bulls captain Victor Matfield, who was left very frustrated as he contested several of referee Craig Joubert’s calls, said they only have themselves to blame.

“I think in that first half we simply made too many mistakes as the Stormers kept on attacking and we simply couldn’t hold onto the ball,” he said. “It went better in the second half as we managed to create a few turnovers at the scrums and a few at the lineouts and we manage to put some pressure on with ball in hand.”

The Stormers were resolute in defence in the second period while they have found a winning mixture between defence and attack which eluded them in the first half of the competition.

“The Stormers are a difficult side to stop once they have built up some momentum,” said Matfield.