Super Rugby

Stormers beat Pumas in Mbombela




The Pumas and Stormers are set to face off in Super Rugby Unlocked for the first time; it will be the first time that the Pumas have faced a team that competed in the 2020 Super Rugby competition.

The Pumas are set to play at home in Super Rugby Unlocked for the first time after picking up one win and one loss from their opening two games on the road in the competition.

  • The Stormers picked up a 23-17 win in their only previous Super Rugby Unlocked fixture; indeed, they are the only team after the opening two rounds to have won a game in which they were trailing at half-time on the day.
  • The Pumas have stolen eight lineouts on their opponents’ throw in Super Rugby Unlocked –twice as many as any other team in the competition.
  • Herschel Jantjies (Stormers) has been directly involved in nine tries in his last nine games across Super Rugby Unlocked and Super Rugby (5 tries, 4 try assists).

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela.

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2.00: The home team wins a penalty after Ginter Smuts seals off the ruck illegally. Eddie Fouche calls for the tee.

3.00: PENALTY! Eddie Fouche opens the scoring from distance. 3-0

3.00: TRY! Rikus Pretorius claims Devon Williams’ left-foot charged down a clearance. Herschel Jantjies put pressure on the fullback, whose mistake is punished. 3-5

5.00: CONVERSION! Tim Swiel adds the extras. 3-7

6.00: TRY! Neil Maritz snaffles Juarno Augustus’ loose pass to score under the sticks. It is the winger’s third try of the season. 8-7

7.00: CONVERSION! Fouche converts. 10-7

10.00: Scrum to the visitors on their line.

12.00: The Stormers clear after Ruan Kramer gives away the free-kick.

13.00: There has been no scoring for six minutes: What’s happening?

14.00: TRY! Jeandre Rudolph scores after Wayne van der Bank collected Fouche’s chip-kick behind the Stormers, spinning out of three tackles, bouncing a defender, and offloading to Rudolph. Sensational score. 15-7

15.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 17-7

16.00: Jantjies knocks the ball forward after a Stormers lineout.

19.00: A superb kick from Williams rolls out inside the visitors’ 22. The Pumas have the Cape team on the ropes.

20.00: Lineout steal from the home team; they win a penalty after Salmaan Moerat does not roll away at the ruck. Shot at goal, coming.

20.00: PENALTY! Fouche increases the Pumas’ lead to 13. 20-7

22.00: Leolin Zas concedes a needless penalty for a dangerous tackle on Erich Cronje.

23.00: PENALTY! Fouche, yet to miss a kick all season, nails it. 23-7

25.00: John Dobson’s men are all at sea, they lose the ball from their own maul. Pumas counter-attack out wide to Maritz. Good play from Jimmy Stonehouse’s men. The attack comes to an end after Fouche’s kick is claimed by Maritz, but lost into touch.

28.00: OH, DEAR! Eddie Fouche is down with a serious knee injury after he fell awkwardly trying to steal the ball at the ruck. His knee is done, that will be Fouche out for at least nine months.

29.00: TRY! Jantjies collects Dan du Plessis’ deft offload, breaks through the gap, and raced away to score. What a player!

30.00: CONVERSION! Swiel slots the sideline conversion. 23-14

31.00: Pumas have the lineout inside the Stormers’ 10m.

32.00: TRY! Darrien Landsberg breaks through the weak Stormers midfield from a four-man lineout. The big lock races to the 22 before popping to the supporting Wayne van der Bank, who wraps around the lock to score under the posts. 28-14

34.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good from Niel Marais. 30-14

36.00: Stormers kick a penalty to the line; they go to their driving maul, but it is halted by the home team.

37.00: Pumas win the turnover, but Nama Xaba pilfers the ball and a penalty. The Stormers go quickly, but they lose the ball after Marais’ side entry at the ruck; poor call by the ref.

38.00: Marais, this time, is pinged for playing the ball on the ground. Stormers, once again, kick to the corner.

39.00: Willie Engelbrecht goes off his feet and from the side. Quick-tap and go by the visitors.

40.00: Juarno Augustus puts his hands in the ruck; the penalty is kicked out, but we have one more play.

41.00: The ball is kicked into touch by Smuts. What a half by the home side, who scored three tries to two and lead by 16.

The halftime score was Pumas 30 Stormers 14 

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Mpumalanga.

43.00: The Pumas continue to swarm the breakdown, the Stormers struggle to get the ball before kicking possession away. The kick is won by the visitors, who counter-attack. Scrum to the Stormers after a knock-on by the hosts.

44.00: YELLOW CARD! Jeandre Rudolph throws Jantjies into the advertising hoardings after the scrumhalf was pushed into touch. The referee is having none of it. 30-14

46.00: Augustus carries the ball in the wrong arm trying to bounce a defender. Scrum to the hosts.

48.00: The Stormers have made six handling mistakes, gifting possession to the opposition far too easily. The preparation of Dobson’s men must be questioned because they do not look focused.

50.00: Big scrum by the visitors, but the Pumas get the ball out of the scrum in time and clear.

52.00: TRY! Maritz at the double! What a player. This Pyumas side means business. Van Der Bank’s chicken-wing offload is gratefully taken by the winger to score in the corner. The Pumas look like the team with the extra man as they attack the opposition, who look ragged. 35-14

53.00: CONVERSION! Marais slots the sideline kick. 37-14

57.00: The Stormers need to make a game of this, they are looking lethargic, under-prepared, and like they have given up.

60.00: Swiel kicks a scrum-penalty to touch at the home team’s 10m.

61.00: Warrick Gelant’s pass is forward, killing an attack. The ref seems to have missed the forward pass, but left-wing Leolin Zas knocked on anyway before he crossed.

62.00: TRY! Neethling Fouche crashes over from close range. 37-19

63.00: CONVERSION! Swiel knocks over the easy conversion. 37-21

66.00: The Pumas look gassed, they are trying to defend their three-score lead, and taking time to go down for ‘medical’ water breaks.

69.00: Stormers win the reset scrum-penalty after the home team collapsed the set-piece. The kick is not out, but the Stormers win the turnover, attack with width, however, the ball is knocked on. Ref brings back the players for a Stormers scrum inside the hosts’ 22.

71.00: TRY! Bongi Mbonambi flops over the whitewash after a powerful driving maul. 37-26

72.00: CONVERSION! Swiel adds the extras. 37-28

74.00: TRY! Leolin Zas scores his team’s fourth after the Stormers go coast-to-coast. 37-33

75.00: conversion! Swiel makes no mistake. Game on! 37-35

78.00: NO TRY! Warrick Gelant is off to the races after another scintillating break. The Stormers lead, the Pumas are dejected.  The TMO checked for a forward pass by JD Schickerling but awarded the score. The pass did look forward, though. 37-40

79.00: CONVERSION! Swiel makes no mistake. 37-42

80.00: A forward pass by the Pumas kills the last attack. Oh, dear!

81.00: The hooter sounds, the scrum sets; the ball is booted out by Swiel. Game over.


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The final score is Pumas 37 (30) Stormers 42 (14)


Tries – Maritz (2), Rudolph, Van der Bank
Pen – E. Fouche (3)
Con – E. Fouche (2), Marais (2)
Drop –
Cards – Rudolph (Yellow, 44′)

Tries – Pretorius, H. Jantjies, N. Fouche, Mbonambi, Zas, Gelant
Pen –
Con – Swiel (6)
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Aimee Barrett-Theron
Assistant Ref 2: Griffin Colby
TMO: AJ Jacobs


15 Devon Williams, 14 Neil Maritz, 13 Erich Cronje, 12 Wayne van der Bank, 11 Etienne Taljaard, 10 Eddie Fouche, 9 Ginter Smuts, 8 Jeandre Rudolph, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Francois Kleinhans, 5 Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), 4 Darrien Landsberg, 3 Ruan Kramer, 2 AJ le Roux, 1 Morgan Naude

Replacements: 16 Simon Westraadt, 17 Liam Hendricks, 18 Heath Backhouse, 19 Phumzile Maqondwana, 20 Dian Badenhorst, 21 Niel Marais, 22 Ali Mgijima, 23 Ig Prinsloo


15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Edwill van der Merwe, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Tim Swiel, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Leon Lyons.

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Nama Xaba, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Eksteen

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