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The Blues have played the Stormers 19 times in Super rugby and the Blues have won 9 matches and lost 10.

Those 9 Super rugby victories give the Blues a record of winning 47% of their matches against the Stormers – regardless of venue.

  • The Stormers have won six of their last seven Super Rugby games against the Blues, including their last three on the bounce; neither team has ever won more than three successive games in the history of this fixture.
  • The Blues have won their last two Super Rugby games on the bounce; the last time they won more was a three-game stretch in April-May 2017.
  • The Blues have won 14 of their last 17 Super Rugby games at home against teams visiting from outside New Zealand.
  • The Blues have missed just 16 tackles per game in Super Rugby 2019, fewer than any other team, they are however the only side to average fewer than 100 completed tackles per game as well.
  • Pieter Steph-du-Toit (Stormers) made 30 tackles in Round 6 – the joint-most of any player in a single round in the last nine seasons – to take his season tally to a joint competition-high 83.

Match detail

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The Blues kick off and the match is underway.

0.30: The Stormers knock the ball on so the Blues have a scrum on the Stormers 22 line.

1.00: The Blues win the scrum but then lose the ball. The Stormers kick it upfield.

2.00: The Stormers win the line out and start their attack from inside their half.

3.00: The Stormers work the ball into the Blues 22 by going through the phases. On the 9th phase they win a penalty (against Akira Ioane). The Stormers take the line out option and kick to the corner.

4.00: The Stormers win the line out and run the ball. Eventually the Blues turn the ball over and kick it out.

5.00: The Stormers take a quick line out and chip the ball ahead but it goes into touch. The Stormers are really trying to play with pace.

6.00: The Stormers attack again in the Blues 22 but they knock on in front of the posts so the Blues have a scrum.

8.00: The Blues win the scrum and run it straight into the Stormers 22 where they win a penalty from the breakdown almost in front of the posts. They choose a scrum.

9.00; The scrum goes down twice. On the third scrum the Blues move the ball wide but then lose it and the Stormers kick to clear the ball – but it goes to the Blues backs who counter attack.

11.00: the go through several phases and start to look threatening just outside the Stormers 22 but the ball is lost. The Blues are awarded a penalty and kick to the 5m line.

12.00: The Blues line out is a mess but they regather the ball. The Blues drive the ball back to the 5m line. They get the advantage and go wide but when the ball is intercepted the whistle goes for the penalty.

14.00: The Blues concede a penalty at the scrum so the Stormers kick for touch.

16.00: The Stormers win their line out and attack the Blues on the 5m line. They get the advantage and go wide. The Stormers are stopped but they play on. 18 phases. The ball changes side and they go wide again – too wide and the ball goes into touch. The Stormers are called back for the penalty. They will kick for posts.

19.00: Jean-Luc du Plessis takes the penalty kick – he nails it. The Stormers lead.

21.00: The Stormers win a scrum near the half way line. They kick the ball well upfield to the Blues who boot it back into touch but the Stormers have made 20 or more metres.

25.00: The Stormers kick to the corner again and set up a line out on the 5m line. The Blues get the put in and win the line out. The ball comes out slowly and they kick it into touch but fail to make much ground. The Stormers will have the line out put in inside the Blues 22.

26.00: The Stormers make a mess of the line out so the Blues win the ball and kick the ball out near the 10m mark inside their half.

29.00: Penalty to the Stormers. They will kick for posts. Du Plessis slots the penalty.

30.00: The Blues hit straight back. From a line out the Blues run the ball across the field – Rieko Ioane dodges one and offloads to Tanielu Tele’a who slips through two tackles and races in to score. TRY!

31.00: Otere Black adds the conversion and the Blues lead.

33.00: The Blues sense a weakness on the same wing and Tele’a goes for another run down the wing. He is stopped and the Blues change sides, Ioane gets through on the wing and is tackled on the 5m line but loses the ball in the tackle.

34.00: The Blues have tasted blood. They are in full attack mode. They get the ball to 5m line but then lose the ball and the Stormers kick it well upfield into touch.

36.00: The Blues win the line out. Ma’a Nonu busts through and passes the ball out wide to Rieko Ioane (a really sweet pass) but he is caught and the Stormers kill of the attack but concede a penalty.

37.00: Black takes the penalty kick and nails it.

39.00:  Stormers Prop Wilco Louw is replaced by Frans Malherbe. The Blues kick deep into Stormers territory. The Stormers catch the ball and run it into touch as the siren sounds. It’s half time.

The half time score was Blues 10 Stormers 6

The Stormers kick off for the second half. They immediately win the ball back and start their attack.

41.00: The Stormers keep their attack moving and they go from side to side. A couple of attacks come close but the Blues hold them out. Pieter-Steph du Toit knocks on which ends the spell.

44.00; The Stormers keep the ball moving for an extended spell but the Blues defence holds firm. The Stormers get called back for a penalty. They will have a shot.

46.00: Du Plessis takes the kick and nails it.

47.00: The Stormers come close to scoring as Joshua Stander chases a ball and scores. But the TMO reviews the try and there was a forward pass in the build up. The Stormers do get called back for a penalty though. They kick for touch.

48.00: The Stormers win the line out but Du Toit loses the ball again. The Blues counter attack and Melani Nanai races away but is caught by the Stormers who turn the ball over and kick it into touch.

50.00: The Blues win the line out – Akira Ioane runs through the middle of the Stormers but passes to – no one! The Stormers scramble for the ball and win a penalty.

53.00: Penalty – over the top – to the Blues. Otere Black kicks for touch to set up the line out. He fails to find touch so the Stormers counter attack.

56.00: The Blues break out from the scrum. Akira Ioane offloads to his brother Rieko but he is stopped and he loses the ball.

58.00: The Stormers go on the attack but the ball is taken into touch. The Blues take a quick one and after several phases and attacks the Blues get into the Stormers 22. They attack on the right and then the left and Tom Robinson goes for the corner but is tackled into touch.

5900: The Stormers win the line out and try to run it out of their 22 but Pieter-Steph du Toit knocks it on. His third knock on.

61.00: The Blues win the scrum and Sonny Bill Williams slices through the Stormers and offloads to Otere Black who dives over under the posts and scores. TRY! 

61.00: Black adds the conversion.

64.00; The Stormers look to hit back and get into space on the wing but the final pass is forward.

66.00: The Stormers get some attacking ball but Damian Willemse boots it straight into touch.

69.00: The ball is kicked high into the air. Dillyn Leyds goes high and connects with Teleá who stops in the tackle. Leyds seems to jump over Tele’a and then connects with him and twists over falling onto the ground. Teleá had his arms out so it’s a RED card. The Stormers kick for touch for the penalty.

70.00: The Stormers get an advantage after the line out and then a penalty. SP Marais will have a shot at posts – he misses.

72.00: The Stormers try to grind down the Blues with phase after phase but then Scarra Ntubeni comes in from the side and gives away a penalty. Black boots the ball into touch.

73.00: The Blues win the line out and use the maul. Out of nowhere comes Rieko Ioane who slices through and scores. TRY! Justin Phillips missed his tackle.

75.00: Black takes the conversion kick and nails it. The Blues are a man down but have a 15 point lead.

77.00: The Stormers attack out wide and Sonny Bill tackles Leyds on the shoulder. The TMO reviews it and says carry on. No penalty or offence.

79.00; The Stormers win a line out inside the Blues 22. They have a penalty advantage.

80.00: The Stormers keep the attack moving as the siren sounds. They get the penalty. They take the line out.

81.00: The Stormers win the line out but for the fourth time this match Pieter Steph du Toit loses the ball. Thats it. The Blues have won.

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The full time score is Blues 24 (10) Stormers 9 (6)

Scorers

Blues
Tries – T.Tele’a, O.Black, R.Ioane
Pen – O.Black
Con – O.Black 2
Drop –
Cards – T.Tele’a (69th min red)

Stormers
Tries –
Pen – J-L du Plessis 3
Con –
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1:Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2:Federico Anselmi
TMO :Ben Skeen

Teams

Blues

15 Melani Nanai, 14 Tanielu Tele’a, 13 TJ Faiane, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Otere Black, 9 Jonathan Ruru; 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Sione Mafileo, 2 James Parsons, 1. Alex Hodgman.

Replacements: 16 Matt Moulds, 17 Karl Tu’inukuafe, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 19 Scott Scrafton, 20 Dalton Papalii, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Sonny Bill Williams.

Stormers

15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Juarno Augustus, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 SP Marais.

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