The Stormers inhaled new life into their feeble Super Rugby campaign with a 24-23 triumph over the Bulls in a furious South African derby at Newlands on Saturday.
The Cape Town-based side had endured four thrashings in their last five matches, and lost 40-3 to the Bulls in Pretoria on the opening few days of the Super Rugby season, however indicated improved application and coherence to guarantee a merited success.
Their attempts were scored by wings Sergeal Petersen and Seabelo Senatla, while scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies did his Springbok risks no damage with a vivacious act that was topped with a third try for the home team.
The Bulls defeated a poor begin to remain in the contest, and snatched a losing reward moment that trade Manie Libbok crossed for a changed over attempt in the last play of the match. Scrumhalf Ivan van Zyl dealt with their other score.
“It has been an intense couple of weeks, we continued falling off the field and saying, ‘we could have won that’. Today we said it doesn’t make a difference how it comes, we simply need to win,” Stormers skipper Siya Kolisi said.
“We committed two or three errors in our very own half, yet our backs are great at giving the ball air and the advances we need to ensure we give them front-foot ball.”
The Stormers were remunerated for a positive begin as Petersen crossed for their opening score, before they included a second when substitution wing Senatla demonstrated his rankling pace after great connection up play with fullback Damian Willemse.
But the Bulls ensured they remained in the game by compelling the home side into surrendering punishments and flyhalf Handre Pollard kicked three as they trailed just 14-9 at the break.
The guests hit the front only minutes into the second time frame when they edged towards the Stormers line with some patient belonging play, before Van Zyl killed in to score the attempt from short proximity.
Substitution flyhalf Josh Stander handled a punishment to recapture the lead for the home side, before a splendid keep running from Dillyn Leyds beat four Bulls safeguards and he sprung up a go for Jantjies to score.
“I thought the Stormers were splendid in that initial 20 minutes. They were extremely physical and the folks conveyed well,” Bulls chief Pollard said.
“We stuck in there and battled well, yet two or three plays conflicted with us. It is something we can gain from.”