The Southern Kings have played the Stormers three times in Super Rugby. All three matches have been won by the Stormers. The last time these teams met in Port Elizabeth the Stormers won 12-24 in 2013.
Welcome to our live match coverage of the Southern Kings versus the Stormers.
The Stormers will be looking to continue their good form. They are suffering a number of injuries in their squad, while the Kings will be looking for their first-ever Super Rugby win over the visitors.
The weather is perfect for running rugby in the Friendly City
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: Kings looking to get out of their half and are taking it through the phases. They win a penalty for offside and kick for touch.
4.00: The home team win another offside penalty and opt for a shot at goal.
5.00: Lionel Cronje continues his 100% kicking record in this year’s competition and the Kings lead.
7.00: Stormers have a scrum inside Kings territory. It is reset.
9.00: The Stormers’ scrum gets the shove and turns the ball over with some pressure Dewaldt Duvenage on Ruaan Lerm, at the base of the Kings’ scrum.
11.00: The Kings turnover Stormers’ ball and are on a sustained attack inside the visitors’ half.
12.00: Kings lineout inside the opposition half after Rober du Preez’s clearance from his 22.
13.00: Both teams are trying to spread the ball. However, they are turning it over at the breakdown. Chris Cloete is causing havoc for the hosts.
15.00: Stormers attacking.
16.00: TRY STORMERS! Dillyn Leyds goes over. The winger, handing two men off after a dummy and the Stormers lead.
17.00: Du Preez missing the conversion.
19.00: Kings’ defence is creaking a bit. Du Preez gets a mini-break but the home team clear the danger.
20.00: Kings have an attacking lineout but Michael Willemse’s throw is not straight. And now there is some argy-bargy after the set-piece. Referee Shuhei Kubo askes the TMO to lok for foul play.
Looks like a few punches were thrown among the pushing and shoving. Rynhardt Elstadt is getting a talking to from Kubo. No card. Citing commisioner might be called upon. PENALTY KINGS!
21.00: Kings kick to touch, five metres out from Stormers’ try line.
24.00: Kings once agian, lose the ball and the visitors clear after a scrum. They’re attacking from inside their half. Game is getting scrappy.
26.00: Game is stopped for an injury. Kings have the scrum near the Stormers’ 22.
28.00: Stormers win the ball at the breakdown and clear. They win the lineout inside Kings territory.
30.00: Llyeds clears and Stormers attack.
31.00: TRY STORMERS! WOW! BASSON! Great interplay between Du Preez and Bjorn Basson sees the winger score in the corner. It all started from a break deep inside the Stormers’ 22 by Leyds and a break at the ruck from Nizaam Carr.
32.00: Du Preez, from the sideline, makes no mistake.
35.00: TRY! Another in quick succession. Stormers take the ball into the 22 and from the ruck, EW Viljoen, passes to Du Preez who gives it to Rynhardt Elstadt, who dots down in the corner.
36.00: The conversion is missed.
39.00: The Kings have a scrum inside their half after the Stormers knock-on.
40.00: Eben Etzebeth is brought down in the air and Du Preez kicks to the corner. Another Stormers lineout comes to nought. That’s it for this half.
The halftime score is Kings 3 Stormers 17
The teams are back out.
BEEP! We are back underway, Du Preez restarts and the Kings knock-on.
42.00: PENALTY! Stormers kick for touch, attack but, the ball is turned over by the Kings.
44.00: TRY! Du Preez scores near the posts after Dan du Plessis’s line-break near halfway.
45.00: Du Preez adds the extras to his try.
47.00: Teams starting to make some sustitions.
48.00: Stormers win another penalty and kick to touch.
50.00: PHEW! Kings win a penalty for Stormers not releasing the ball at the ruck, on their goal-line. The Kings are really under pressure; the opposition’s big ball carriers are starting to make metres on the gainline at every attempt.
53.00: Stormers dominating the breakdown and set-pieces.
54.00: Kings have a lineout and attack.
55.00: TRY KINGS! Makazole Mapimpi collects a beautiful grubber kick by Cronje, beats Bjorn Basson and scores in the corner.
56.00: Cronje slots a hard kick from the touchline.
59.oo: The Stormers come straight back but Sikhumbuzo Notshe knocks on after doing all the hard work and making a break. Scrum Kings.
61.00: Kings concede a free kick at the scrum and Stromers, take a quick tap, and attack inside the Kings 22.
62.00: PENALTY! Dupreez decides toextende the lead to three scores and points to the posts.
63.00: Easy as you like.
65.00: The Kings are on the attack inside Stormers territory. A break in play as teams make more subs. Kings lineout.
66.00: Stormers get a penalty for holding and clear the danger.
70.00: The Kings surge back but are stopped short of the try line. The crowd still, believe and are urging them on. They get a lineout, five out.
71.00: They botch the chance by stepping into touch. Stormers have a lineout and win a penalty. Coleman, on for Du Preez, relieves the pressure with a good kick.
75.00: The hosts will not give up and are attacking at every chance, but handling lets them down.
76.00: TRY! Justin Phillips scores on debut after a wonderful offload from SP Marais.
77,00: Kurt Coleman adds the two. Game over!
79.00: TRY! EW Viljoen scores the Stormers’ sixth try and Coleman adds another two points.
80.00: That’s it, it’s over. The Stormers score six tries and claim a bonus point, remaining unbeaten this season.
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The final score is Kings 10 (3) Stormers 41 (17)
Tries – Mapimpi
Pen – Cronje
Con – Cronje
Tries – Leyds, Basson, Elstadt, Du Preez, Phillips, Viljoen
Pen – Du Preez
Con – Du Preez (2), Coleman (2)
Referee: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2: Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Christie du Preez
15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Bjorn Basson (Stormers debut), 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris Van Zyl, 20 Jaco Coetzee (Super Rugby debut), 21 Justin Phillips (Super Rugby debut), 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Damian Willemse (Super Rugby debut).
15. Masixole Banda, 14. Makazole Mapimpi, 13. Waylon Murray,12. Luzuko Vulindlu, 11. Malcolm Jaer, 10. Lionel Cronje (V/C), 9. Rick Schroeder, 8. Ruaan Lerm, 7. Thembelani Bholi, 6. Chris Cloete, 5. Irne Herbst, 4. Tyler Paul, 3. Ross Geldenhuys, 2. Michael Willemse, 1. Schalk Ferreira (capt)
Replacements: 16. Kurt Haupt, 17. Schalk van der Merwe, 18. Chris Heiberg, 19. Wilhelm van der Sluys, 20. Andisa Ntsila, 21. Johan Steyn, 22. Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23. Berton Klaasen