Game 2: Schalk’s Stormers versus Richie’s Crusaders

It’s Schalk Burger versus Richie McCaw at Newlands because the 2010 Stormers host the 2006 Crusaders in sport two of the Biggest Tremendous Rugby Staff event.

Within the event opener, the 1996 Sharks claimed a convincing 32-18 victory over the 2001 Brumbies, due to a brace of tries from fullback Andre Joubert.

This week’s interactive showdown options two of the sport’s most tenacious openside flanks and headlines a blockbuster matchup that pits the Tremendous Rugby champions of 2006 in opposition to the 2010 runners-up.

Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has picked a beginning lineup that includes three 2007 World Cup winners in centre Jaque Fourie, wing Bryan Habana and captain Burger and the rising stalwarts of the Springbok group that may win the 2019 World Cup in No 8 Duane Vermeulen and flank Francois Louw.

Opposing them is the backbone of an All Blacks group that may win the 2006 Tri-Nations, together with fullback Leon MacDonald, wing Rico Gear, flyhalf Dan Carter and lock Chris Jack.

In a few of the juicy matchups the ever-reliable and durable halfback pair of Peter Grant and Dewaldt Duvenage will tackle the enterprising Carter and Kevin Senio, whereas Aaron Mauger and Casey Laulala must be on their toes in opposition to Juan de Jongh and Fourie.

The 2010 Stormers could have misplaced 4 video games on their option to the Tremendous Rugby closing, however had been comfy in opposition to New Zealand opposition, beating the Blues (21-33) and Chiefs (15-49) away, and getting comfy residence wins over the Highlanders (33-0), Hurricanes (37-13) and Crusaders (42-14).

Coetzee’s troopers ended up ending second on the general desk, three factors behind eventual champions the Vodacom Bulls, however boasting a superior factors distinction of 194. They progressed to the ultimate due to a 25-6 victory over the Waratahs at Newlands, the place Grant slotted six penalties.

Nevertheless, they ran out of steam within the historic closing on the Orlando Stadium in Soweto, because the Bulls got here away with a 25-17 win regardless of being outscored two tries to 1.

The 2006 Crusaders, in the meantime, dominated their division, dropping simply as soon as and being held to a draw as they completed prime of the desk, 4 factors away from the Hurricanes.

A lot of their progress needed to do with Carter, who scored a large 221 factors in 14 video games to complete because the season’s prime points-scorer.

It ought to be famous that their solely defeat that 12 months got here by the hands of the Stormers, who powered to a 26-17 victory at Newlands.

In a notoriously foggy closing in Christchurch, the Crusaders had been in a position to beat the Hurricanes 19-12, with Laulala scoring the sport’s solely strive.

2010 Stormers – 15 Joe Pietersen, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Adriaan Fondse, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Subs: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 JC Kritzinger, 18 Anton van Zyl, 19 Pieter Louw, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Willem de Waal, 22 Tim Whitehead.

Coach: Allister Coetzee.

2006 Crusaders – 15 Leon MacDonald, 14 Rico Gear, 13 Casey Laulala, 12 Aaron Mauger, 11 Scott Hamilton, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Kevin Senio, 8 Mose Tuiali’I, 7 Richie McCaw (c), 6 Reuben Thorne, 5 Ross Filipo, 4 Chris Jack, 3 Greg Somerville, 2 Corey Flynn, 1 Wyatt Crockett.
Subs: 16 Tone Kopelani, 17 Campbell Johnstone, 18 Johnny Leo’o, 19 Tanerau Latimer, 20 Stephen Brett, 21 Cameron McIntyre, 22 Caleb Ralph.

Coach: Robbie Deans.


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