Stormers coach Allister Coetzee was pleased by the opportunities his side created in their 18-17 loss against the Blues, despite his criticism.
The banning of the ever-improving prop Steven Kitshoff will hit the Stormers hard when play against an All Black front row, says the Stormers' coach.
The relief of finally winning a Super Rugby match overshadowed the grim news that the Stormers will be without Bryan Habana for at least two months.
In two friendly matches the Stormers ran in nine crowd-pleasing tries to beat Boland 57-0 while the Lions triumphed 41-31 over the Southern Kings.
We could still see three South African sides in the Super Rugby play-offs, writes Andy Capostagno.
The Waikato Chiefs move to the top of the Super Rugby table, benefiting from a daring plan by the Crusaders, who beat the Stormers.
The Stormers have beefed up their forward pack for what is shaping up to be a physical South African Super 15 derby against the Bulls at the weekend.
For the second time in two years, Stormers' captain Schalk Burger has been sidelined by a knee injury.
Lions flyhalf Elton Jantjies has been included in the upcoming warm-up match against the Super Kings after missing a game due to injury.
Rassie Erasmus will consider a number of possible options after resigning as senior professional coach of the Stormers.
The Canterbury Crusaders' semifinal upset of the Stormers in Cape Town continued their remarkable odyssey in a tragedy-tinged Super season.
Dan Carter scored 19 points as the Crusaders eased past the Stormers 29-10 in their Super rugby semifinal at Newlands on Saturday.
When Stormers skipper Schalk Burger admits to having pre-match butterflies, one can only imagine how excited the younger players are.
The Auckland Blues and Canterbury Crusaders will attempt to become the first teams since 1999 to win Super Rugby semifinals on foreign soil.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says Conrad Jantjes is a better choice over Gio Aplon for Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal against the Crusaders.
It has been more than a decade since any team won a Super Rugby play-off match outside their own country.
The team from Durban will have to repeat the heroics of their win over the Bulls last weekend if they are to defeat the Crusaders in New Zealand.
The Blues and injury-ravaged Waratahs are due to launch Super Rugby's extended play-offs series 78 days before the Rugby World Cup begins.
The Queensland Reds and the Stormers will have to lie in wait for the two survivors of this weekend's first Super Rugby play-offs round.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has announced that eighthman Duane Vermeulen has been forced out of the Super Rugby semifinal.