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The Stormers hung on to an early lead to beat the Reds 27-24 after the Reds had started a late comeback on Friday at Newlands in Cape Town.


The match started with a bang as Quade Cooper scored a try for the Reds in under a minute. The problem for the Reds was that it took them another 61 minutes to add to their points tally.


The Reds enjoyed a late surge that saw them score another three tries which earned them two bonus points.

 

The Stormers played and controlled most of the match and with 20 minutes to go the Reds looked to have been beaten comprehensively until they started a brave comeback which almost got the better of the Stormers.

 


After suffering the heaviest loss of the opening round last weekend, when they slumped to a 33-20 defeat against the Bulls, the visitors appeared in trouble again when trailing 27-5 early in the second half.


But the Australian forwards got in on the scoring act and replacement hooker Saia Fainga’a, flanker Scott Higginbotham and lock Van Humphries crossed for tries, two of which replacement scrum-half Ben Lucas converted.


Defeat was difficult for the Reds to accept as they created more scoring chances in the first half only to trail 10-5 at half-time and after a poor third quarter, reasserted their territorial dominance.


The Reds did secure two bonus points after being the only side to take nothing away from the first round, one for scoring four tries and the other for losing by less than eight points.


And they collected the points despite losing two senior backs, centre and captain Berrick Barnes and wing Peter Hynes, to injury early in the second half of a match that attracted a good crowd to the 45,000-seat Test venue.


Cape Town-based Stormers rarely lived up to pre-tournament expectations that they would challenge for a semi-finals place in the annual southern hemisphere championship.


While they secured four points for the win and rose four places on the table to eighth, the four-try bonus point that seemed likely early in the second half eventually eluded them.


“I’m happy with the win although we came up short in several areas, including the breakdown and defence,” said winning captain and Springbok centre Jean de Villiers, back in action after being carried off last weekend.


Reds flanker and acting skipper Daniel Braid said: “We fought back well and showed we can play good rugby despite losing two key players. Now it’s back to Brisbane for a game against the Cheetahs we must win.”


Stormers fly-half Peter Grant contributed 12 points from two penalties and the conversions of tries by wing Tonderai Chanhanga, lock Andries Bekker and Fijian wing Sireli Naqelevuki.


Fly-half and official man-of-the-match Quade Cooper, just 50 seconds after the kick-off, Fainga’a, Higginbotham and Humphries crossed the line for the Reds and Lucas landed two conversions.


Stormers host the Blues of New Zealand next Saturday and the Reds tackle the Cheetahs a day later.


The Reds have not won at Newlands in Cape Town since 2003.


 

Final score Stormers 27 Reds 24

 

Scorers


Stormers
Tries -Tonderai Chavhanga,Andries Bekker,Sireli Naqelevuki    
Penalties -Peter Grant 2
Conversions -Peter Grant 3
Drop Goals –

 

Reds
Tries -Quade Cooper,Saia Faingaa,Scott Higginbotham,Van Humphries
Penalties –
Conversions -Ben Lucas 2
Drop Goals –

 

Man of the match : Quade Cooper

 

Match # 11

Match -Stormers v Reds
Venue – Cape Town
Time pm – 19.10
Referee – C Pollock (NZ)
Ass Ref. 1 – C Joubert (SA)
Ass Ref. 2 – J Noonan (NZ)
TMO – M Cupido (SA)
Performance Reviewer – G Cooper


Teams


Stormers


15. Conrad Jantjes ,14. Tonderai Chavhanga,13. Gcobani Bobo,12. Jean De Villiers (C) / Dylan Des Fountain,11. Sireli Naqelevuki ,10. Peter Grant,9. Ricky Januarie,8. Duane Vermeulen,7 Francois Louw,6. Schalk Burger,5. Andries Bekker,4. Adriaan Fondse,3. Brian Mujati,2. Schalk Brits,1. JD Moller


Reserves:16. Deon Fourie,17. Wicus Blaauw,18. AJ Venter,19. Luke Watson,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Dylan Des Fountain / Nick Koster,22. Percy Montgomery


Reds


1-15: Mark McLinden, Brando Va’aulu, Digby Ioane, Berrick Barnes (c), Peter Hynes, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, Leroy Houston, Daniel Braid, Scott Higginbotham, Adam Byrnes, Van Humphries, Laurie Weeks, Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes.


Reserves: Saia Faingaa, Dayna Edwards, Robert Simmons, Poutasi Luafutu, Ben Lucas, Anthony Faingaa, Blair Connor.

 

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