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Stormers blank Bulls 16-0 and blow away Bulls' playoffs hopes in Super Rugby

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CAPE TOWN, South Africa - A dominant first-half performance by the Stormers allowed them to blank the Bulls 16-0 and end the Bulls' slim hopes of qualifying for the Super Rugby playoffs on Saturday.

Fullback Jaco Taute scored the only try as the wet and cold conditions took their toll at Newlands, with flyhalf Kurt Coleman's boot doing the rest of the damage in a game in which all of the points came in the first half.

To stay in playoffs contention, the Bulls had to win with a four-try bonus point, but the odds were against them: They haven't won away from home all season, and scored four tries in a match only twice. Their second defeat in a row put the playoffs beyond reach.

The Stormers were already out of the running after a poor start to the season, but having won their last four on the trot, they are showing the sort of form that made them regular title challengers in recent seasons.

The Stormers' victory was built on an excellent first half in which their forwards rode roughshod over their opposite numbers.

The Bulls conceded four penalties from scrums, were unable to secure their own ball at the breakdown, and even struggled at their traditional strength - the lineout.

As a result, the Stormers were able to camp inside the Bulls' half for much of the first 40 minutes, with Coleman turning that dominance into points with regular penalty kicks.

After an early penalty, Coleman's offload in the tackle in the 14th minute put Nizaam Carr through the Bulls defence before the flanker sent Taute on his way to the tryline.

The Stormers' pressure and intensity remained relentless for the remainder of the half, and Coleman added two further penalties.

Although the Bulls came out reinvigorated after the break with their second-half comeback against the Stormers in the reverse fixture still fresh in the memory, a downpour midway through the second period made it difficult to make any headway, and the Bulls' tally of unforced errors mounted.

An error-strewn final half-hour suited the Stormers, who came closest to scoring points when Coleman's attempted penalty came back off the upright.

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Stormers 16 (Jaco Taute try; Kurt Coleman conversion, 3 penalties) Bulls 0. HT: 16-0.

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