Stormers charge into play-off contention




The Stormers moved into fourth spot on the log after they beat the Hurricanes by 20 points to 12 at Newlands in Cape Town.


The Stormers were in ninth place before the match.

The Stormers led 10-0 at the break and it wasn’t until the 56th minute that the Hurricanes got onto the scoreboard when Hosea Gear scored the Canes only try in the corner.

Two missed penalty kicks by Jimmy Gopperth cost the visitor’s the losing bonus point.

While both teams scored two tries, Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant enjoyed more success with the boot which ultimately separated the teams at the end.

It was also a good defensive effort by the home side who didn’t give the Hurricanes a chance in the first 40 minutes, but they did go to sleep somewhat after the break after charging into a 20-0 lead after 55 minutes.

“We played well in the first half, but started defending (the lead) after the break and that put us under a lot of pressure,” said Stormers captain Jean de Villiers.

“It wasn’t our best game, but I’m happy with the four points.’ Hurricanes captain Rodney So’oialo praised the Stormers defence.

“They didn’t let us get over the advantage line and we made too many errors. It was very frustrating,” he said.

The victory leaves the Stormers in fourth spot with 27 points, just four behind the third-placed Waratahs, while the Hurricanes are sixth with 26 points.

In a game that had few try-scoring opportunities, it took all of 24 minutes before the score-keepers were troubled when home team No 10 Grant slotted a penalty after the Hurricanes’ So’oialo had been caught stomping on a Stormers player by referee James Leckie.

But there were precious few opportunities for either side for the rest of the first period, but just when the fans were thinking they’d only have Grant’s three-pointer to talk about at the interval, the Stormers struck a telling blow moments before the break.

After a number of minutes of the home team hammering away at the Hurricanes’ tryline, without success, big lock Andries Bekker finally found a way through the defences after earlier winning the ball in the lineout.

Grant’s conversion made it 10-0 to the Stormers and a deserved lead at the break.

While Grant added a further three points straight after the restart, it was the Hurricanes who finally found their rhythm and asked plenty of the home team’s defence.

It held firm and then somewhat against the run of play, the Stormers scored a great try through hooker Schalk Brits, after excellent play by winger Sireli Naqelevuki and No 8 Luke Watson.

Grant’s conversion made it 20-0 to the Stormers.

Any thoughts of the game being over as a contest though quickly evaporated as the Hurricanes struck twice in eight minutes to close the gap to just eight points.

First, Hosea Gear dived over in the right corner after breaking through the tackle of Conrad Jantjes and then Conrad Smith finished off after a sustained period of pressure from the New Zealanders.

Jimmy Gopperth converted only one of those tries and also missed a penalty in between which, had both been successful, would have left the visitors just three points away from leveling with the home side.

While both outfits pushed for further tries in the latter stages of the contest, neither added to their score, ensuring a fifth win on six matches for the Stormers.


The full time score is Stormers 20 Hurricanes 12





Tries –  Andries Bekker, Schalk Brits

Pen – Peter Grant (2)

Con – Peter Grant (2)



Tries – Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith

Pen –

Con – Jimmy Gopperth


Man of the match : Schalk Burger


Saturday April 19

Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: James Leckie (Australia)
Touch judges: Ian Smith (Australia), JC Fortuin (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Banks Yantolo (South Africa),
Performance Auditor: Stuart Beissel (New Zealand)




15-1- Conrad Jantjes; Tonderai Chavhanga, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Francois Louw, Schalk Burger, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.

Reserves: Tiaan Liebenberg, Brok Harris, Ross Skeate, Robbie Diack, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Gio Aplon.


15-1: Cory Jane, Hosea Gear, Conrad Smith, Ma’a Nonu, Shannon Paku, Jimmy Gopperth, Piri Weepu, Rodney So’oialo (captain), Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Jason Eaton, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia Tialata, Andrew Hore, John Schwalger.

Reserves: Hikawera Elliot, Tim Fairbrother, Bernie Upton, Scott Waldrom, Willie Ripia, Tane Tu’ipulotu, Zac Guildford.

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