Stormers

Stormers

Rugby

Established in

1997

Location

Cape Town, South Africa

Club History

The Stormers are a South African professional rugby union team based in Cape Town competing in the Super Rugby competition. Despite their lack of silverware over the years, their home stadium, Newlands, typically draws the highest average attendance figures of any ground in Super Rugby.[citation needed].

They are centred on the Western Province Currie Cup side, but also draw players from the Boland Cavaliers (covering the Cape Winelands and West Coast districts, with home matches in Wellington). Through 2005, they also drew players from the SWD Eagles (George), which meant that they drew players from all three unions in the Western Cape Province. However, the general realignment of franchise areas resulting from the expansion of the competition resulted in the Eagles being moved to the area of the Southern Spears (later succeeded by the Southern Kings).

Prior to 1998, South Africa did not use a franchise system for the Super 12, instead of sending the top four unions from its domestic competition, the Currie Cup, into the Super 12. In 1996, the Stormers qualified and competed in the Super 12 as Western Province. In 1997, they did not qualify, the 4th South African team being the Orange Free State (now the Free State Cheetahs at Currie Cup level; the region would later be represented in Super 12 by the Cats (now known as the Lions) and in Super 14 by the Central Cheetahs).

The Stormers played they’re first ever final, against the Bulls in front of 36,000 fans in Johannesburg,[1] in 2010 after beating the Waratahs at the semi-final stage but ultimately lost to the Bulls. In the two previous years in which they reached the semi-finals, 1999 and 2004, they were eliminated by the Highlanders and Crusaders.

They made consecutive home semifinals in 2011 and 2012 but lost both at Newlands to the Crusaders and the Sharks respectively. In 2015 they won the South African conference for a third time, before losing their home quarterfinal against the Brumbies.

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Champion

Super Rugby

1999 Lost semi-final to Highlanders

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Champion

Super Rugby

2004 Lost semi-final to Crusaders

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Champion

Super Rugby

2010 Lost final to Bulls

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Champion

Super Rugby

2011 Lost semi-final to Crusaders

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Champion

Super Rugby

2012 Lost semi-final to Sharks

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Champion

Super Rugby

2015 Lost qualifier to Brumbies

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Champion

Super Rugby

2016 Lost quarter-final to Chiefs
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