The Stormers displayed a strong performance - Vermeulen
DHL Western Province Stormers captain, Duane Vermeulen, has said that he is very happy with the way his team performed in their second Super Rugby match against the Blues at Newlands this past weekend, where they won 27-16.
So far, the Stormers have won both their Super Rugby matches, the first being against the Vodacom Blue Bulls where they won 29-17 at Loftus on the 14th of February.
Vermeulen was in a great mood after their win, as his team displayed a strong performance throughout the game.
“It was a very good performance against the Blues from the boys. We got what we wanted out of it,” Vermeulen said.
“We played with a positive mind-set. We pursued the try early in the game as we got the penalty close to the touchline, and it worked out for us as Nic Groom scored from the following lineout.”
“We decided to kick to poles during the second half to close out the game. I thought it was the best decision against a dangerous Blues team, who can change a game in an instant. Five minutes is a long time in rugby, so we didn’t want to take any chances. At the end of the day, we’re happy with the win.”
Vermeulen was also involved in an incident during the first half of the match. Blues lock, Hayden Triggs, punched the captain and received a red card.
It was announced earlier today that Triggs has been suspended for one week after his disciplinary hearing.
“It’s a tough situation to be in, especially in the heat of the moment. It was hard not to retaliate, but I managed to keep my cool. Hopefully the youngsters can learn from that incident. In rugby, you have to keep your calm, and let the referee control the disciplinary issues,” Vermeulen explained.
The Stormers will next be facing the Emirates Golden Lions at Ellis Park, this coming Saturday.
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