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Stormers beat Cheetahs in Cape Town

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Article Published: Saturday 12 May 2012|

The last five matches between the Stormers and the Cheetahs have all been won by the Stormers, whether they have been at home or away.

Match details

We are waiting for the kick-off. Heinrich Brussow runs out first for the Cheetahs as he celebrates his 50th cap.
0.00: Sias Ebersohn gets proceedings under way as he kicks off for the visitors.
2.00: The Stormers gain momentum early on as they set up a rolling maul on half way. They look to build phases but are penalised at the breakdown. Sias Ebersohn will line up a kick at goal for the Cheetahs.
3.00: Sias Ebersohn's kick bounces off the upright and the Stormers punt the ball into touch.
4.00: Siya Kolisi is penalised for offside inside Stormers territory. The Cheetahs opt to kick for the corner instead of have a shot at goal but Sias Ebersohn misjudges his kick and the ball bounces over the dead ball line.
6.00: The Cheetahs are penalised for illegal binding at scrum time. The Stormers kick for the corner.
7.00: The Stormers set up a solid rolling maul off the back of their lineout. They gain 20m as they edge closer to the line.
8.00: The Cheetahs are penalised at scrum time once again, this time just 20m from their own line. Peter Grant will line up a kick at goal.
9.00: Grant's kick sails over, handing the Stormers an early lead.
11.00: The Cheetahs are penalised for lineout interference. Grant will have another shot at goal from 40m out.
12.00: Grant bangs over the kick, extending the Stormers' lead.
13.00: The Cheetahs build phases inside Stormers territory but the home side affect a turnover and move to set up a rolling maul. The Cheetahs are penalised and Aplon kicks for touch to set up a Stormers lineout inside the visitors' 22.
15.00: The Cheetahs are pinged once more and ill-discipline really seems to be costing them. Grant will have another attempt at goal from 20m out.
16.00: Grant slots the kick.
18.00: Joe Pietersen puts in a clever kick down field. Sias Ebersohn is unable to gather, knocking the ball on just 15m from his own line.
20.00: The Stormers gain momentum as they hurtle towards the line. They string together several phases to get within 5m of the line before the Cheetahs are penalised at the breakdown. The Stormers opt for a lineout as Pietersen kicks for the corner.
22.00: Eben Etzebeth dots down for the Stormers' first try as he forces his way over the line.
24.00: Grant adds the extras with a successful conversion.
26.00: The Cheetahs gain momentum as they build phases inside Stormers territory. The home side's defence is resilient, however, and they continue to drive the Cheetahs back.
28.00: Coenie Oosthuizen is penalised at scrum time inside the Stormers' half. Pietersen kicks for touch.
31.00: The Stormers are penalised at the breakdown inside Cheetahs territory. Sias Ebersohn kicks for touch to relieve the pressure.
33.00: Heinrich Brussow is penalised for a dangerous tackle on Juan de Jongh. Grant lines up a kick from 45m out.
34.00: Grant's kick bounces off the cross-bar.
36.00: The Stormers are pinged for going off their feet at the breakdown inside their own 22. The Cheetahs opt to kick for the corner instead of taking a shot at goal.
39.00: The Cheetahs have a put-in at a scrum, on half way, on the stroke of half time. They gain metres as they sting together phases inside Stormers territory.
40.00: The hooter sounds as the ball is knocked on.
The half time score was Stormers 16 Cheetahs 0.
40.00: Pietersen gets the second half under way as he kicks off for the home side.
42.00: The Stormers are penalised at scrum time, 5m from the Cheetahs' line. The visitors clear, getting themselves out of jail early on in the second half.
46.00: The Cheetahs gain momentum as they string together phases inside the opposition 22. They get within 5m of the line before Hennie Daniller dots down.
48.00: Riaan Smit adds the extras with the conversion.
51.00: The Stormers prepare for a put-in at a scrum inside Cheetahs territory.
54.00: The Cheetahs work their way into the Stormers' 22. They string together several phases just 5m from the line. A massive fight breaks out on the pitch with almost all thirty players involved in three seperate brawls.
55.00: Rynhard Elstadt is yellow carded for kneeing a Cheetahs player in the back.
57.00: The Cheetahs work through over twenty-five phases as they are camped on the Stormers' line.
58.00: The Stormers' defence remains impenetrable and Andries Strauss loses control of the ball - a disappointing end to a period of sustained pressure from the Cheetahs.
60.00: The Cheetahs are penalised for offside inside Stormers territory. Pietersen kicks for touch.
64.00: The Stormers gain momentum inside Cheetahs territory. They work through several phases before knocking on.
65.00: Gio Aplon makes a solid break downfield. He runs 40m to get within 15m of the line. Dewaldt Duvenage throws a wide pass from the back of a ruck and it is intercepted by Willie le Roux who runs 75m to score a brilliant solo try for the Cheetahs.
67.00: Riaan Smit converts, reducing the deficit.
72.00: The Cheetahs apply pressure inside Stormers territory. They string together phases but the Stormers are able to secure a high ball and set up an attacking platform.
77.00: The Stormers apply pressure inside the Cheetahs' 22. The visitors are able to affect a turnover, however, and get out of jail with a kick up field.
78.00: The Stormers have a put-in at a scrum just inside opposition territory.
80.00: The hooter sounds and Pietersen punts the ball into touch, handing the Stormers a narrow victory.
The final score is Stormers 16 (16) Cheetahs 14 (0)


Tries - E. Etzebeth
Pen - P. Grant 3
Con - P. Grant
Drop -
Cards - R. Elstadt (yellow)

Tries - H. Daniller, W. Le Roux
Pen -
Con - R. Smit 2
Drop -
Cards -

Match Officials
Steve Walsh
Assistant Ref 1: Jonathan Kaplan
Assistant Ref 2: Christie Du Preez
TMO : Shaun Veldsman



15. Joe Pietersen, 14. Gio Aplon, 13. Juan de Jongh, 12. Jean De Villiers (c), 11. Bryan Habana, 10. Peter Grant, 9. Dewaldt Duvenage, 8. Nizaam Carr, 7. Rynhardt Elstadt, 6. Siya Kolisi, 5. Andries Bekker (vc), 4. Eben Etzebeth, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Deon Fourie, 1. Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg, 17. Frans Malherbe, 18. De Kock Steenkamp, 19. Jebb Sinclair, 20. Louis Schreuder, 21. Burton Francis, 22. Gerhard Van Den Heever.


1 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 3 WP Nel, 4 George Earle, 5 Izak van der Westhuizen, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 7 Justin Downey, 8 Philip van der Walt, 9 Piet van Zyl, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 11 Willie le Roux, 12 Andries Strauss (vc), 13 Robert Ebersohn, 14 Cameron Jacobs, 15 Hennie Daniller.

Replacements: 16. Hercu Liebenberg, 17. Trevor Nyakane, 18. Andries Ferreira, 19. Ashley Johnson, 20. Tewis de Bruyn, 21. Riaan Smit, 22. Philip Snyman.

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