Dobson proud of Stormers triumph in cold Paris


The Stormers qualified for the play-offs of the Champions Cup after beating Stade Français 24-20 on Saturday night in freezing cold Paris.

Together with Jacques Nienaber’s Leinster from Group 4, the Capetians advanced to the next round. This group includes teams such as the Leicester Tigers, La Rochelle and Sale Sharks.

“We are delighted with the result,” said John Dobson proudly.

According to the Stormers coach, his team stood strong in very tough conditions – it is not hot at all in France at this time of year.

“During the game you could see how the playing surface started to freeze and the players shivered. We have never played in such conditions before.”

Manie Libbok’s try in the 71st minute of the showdown swung the momentum scale in the visitors’ favour.

Dobson also praised the substitutes (read here Hendré Stassen’s name in bold letters) for their impact play; especially after a half-time deficit of 15-10 faced the Capetians.

As usual, Deon Fourie also played a cracking game and was named the player of the match.

“To qualify for a play-off match on your home field from such a tough group is simply incredible. We are very pleased with how things went.”

  • Scorers:

Stormers: Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Ruben van Heerden, Hendré Stassen and Manie Libbok. Goals: Libbok (2).

Stade Français: Tries: Andy Timo, Lester Etien and Mathieu Hirigoyen. Goal kick: Joris Segonds. Penalty kick: Seconds.

  • Scoring (Group 4):
  1. Leinster: 19 points after four games
  2. Stormers: 14 points after four games
  3. Leicester Tigers: 9 points after four games
  4. La Rochelle: 7 points after three games
  5. Sale Sharks: 5 points after three games
  6. Stade Français: 2 points after four games