The DHL Stormers secured a house semi-final after claiming a complete quarter-final victory over the Vodacom Bulls at a packed Cape City Stadium on Saturday.
The defending champions constructed on a 17-7 half-time result in declare a 33-21 victory over their rivals, taking the successful streak within the north-south derby to 6 within the Vodacom United Rugby Championship.
The Stormers will host Connacht within the semi-finals, after the Irish facet produced a large upset of their derby victory away to Ulster on Friday night time.
A roar from a file crowd of 46, 800 greeted the groups to the sector and it was the hosts who harnessed that power to produced an totally dominant efficiency.
It took simply six minutes for the Stormers to get the ball over the tryline for the primary time after a powerful maul, however a possible opening rating was chalked off for a knock-on. Three minutes later, Hacjivah Dayimani wouldn’t be denied, cantering in to complete off a transfer that began with a break from Libbok.
The Stormers playmaker got here again to hang-out his former facet with an aesthetic Man of the Match efficiency, slotting all of his makes an attempt at aim and inflicting mayhem on assault with a mixture of silky runs and intelligent kicks.
The operating by Manie Libbok 🔥
The arms by the Stormers 😍
The attempt by Hacjivah Dayimani 👏
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It obtained worse for the Vodacom Bulls as Johan Goosen put a kick out on the total, earlier than Libbok slotted a 42-metre penalty. Goosen then missed a long-range penalty try of his personal and the Vodacom Bulls have been decreased to 14 males for an important interval after Cyle Brink was proven yellow for a cynical deal with on Dayimani.
From there, the Stormers continued their dream begin by extending their result in 17 factors when Zas dotted down on his return to the workforce, following extra good work from Libbok.
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To their credit score, the Vodacom Bulls continued to combat. The guests decreased the deficit to simply 10 factors when Brink atoned for his sin-binning by reaching over the tryline simply earlier than the break.
Nonetheless, the away facet made the worst doable begin to the second half when Goosen was concussed in a collision with Dan du Plessis and needed to be stretchered off.
A penalty from Libbok and check out from Angelo Davids after a robust run down the left wing from Zas took the Stormers to a 20-point lead.
The Stormers did should hunker down in defence for a 10-minute interval, throughout which Embrose Papier sniped over for a attempt, however Libbok continued his excellent break day the kicking tee to steer the hosts house, regardless of a comfort attempt from Bismarck du Plessis on the full-time hooter.
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