Stormers get bonus point victory against Chiefs



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The Stormers beat the Chiefs by 35 points to 26 in Waikato to earn their second win of the season and they picked up a bonus point in the process.

The Stormers were awarded a penalty try for an offside tackle when the video replay showed that Sireli Naqelevuki’s foot was in touch.


The Penalty Try may have earned them the bonus point but they were the better side on the day so their victory was not undeserved.


The victory was set up by the dominance of their loose forwards in a Super 14 clash on Friday.

The loose forward trio of Luke Watson, Francois Louw and Schalk Burger crushed the Chiefs at the breakdown, setting up victory for the visitors.

In only their second win of the season, the Stormers also had the better of the scrums and lineouts in their four try to two win.

“It’s good to get back-to-back victories. It’s not that easy away from home,” captain Jean de Villiers said.

“It was just great to get the four tries. We showed great commitment on defence at the end and we stuck to our guns.”


To get 10 points from two games on tour is great and it puts us in a good position for a tough match against the (Auckland) Blues.”

A second-half revival by the Chiefs last week gave them a last gasp win against the Central Cheetahs, but they made too many mistakes against the Stormers to repeat the feat, despite drawing close early in the second half.

The Stormers quickly gained an ascendancy in the forwards, and their dominance of possession was helped by poor kicking and handling by the Chiefs.

The South Africans were rewarded with a try in the 14th minute, after they disrupted a Chiefs scrum in the home side’s 22 and won the breakdown.

Flyhalf Peter Grant collected the pass and stepped inside the defence to dot the ball down before converting his own try and going on to notch up 20 points for the match.

Tonderai Chavhanga took the Stormers further ahead eight minutes later with a brilliant 50-metre try which started from yet another turnover.

The tall winger’s blistering pace saw him evade four tackles in the try of the night.

The Stormers found more room on the flanks when another turnover saw halfback Ricky Januarie make the break, with Sireli Naqelevuki linking to put fullback Conrad Jantjes into space for the third try after 28 minutes.

A 50-metre intercept try by Chiefs inside centre Richard Kahui after 32 minutes and a second penalty from Stephen Donald stopped the margin blowing out, with the Stormers going into halftime with a 25-13 lead.

The Chiefs showed more commitment in the second half, coming back to within two points with a third penalty from Donald and a try from winger Lelia Masaga.

But the Stormers increased their lead when referee Matt Goddard awarded a penalty try amid booing from the crowd for an offside tackle by Masaga just short of the tryline. 

Chiefs 26 Stormers 35





Tries -Richard Kahui, Lelia Masaga

Pen – Stephen Donald (4)

Con – Stephen Donald (2)



Tries -Peter Grant,Tonderai Chavhanga, Conrad Jantjes,Penalty.  

Pen – Peter Grant (3)

Con – Peter Grant (2)


Venue – Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Referee: Matt Goddard (Aus)
Ref’s Asst. : Nathan Pearce (Aus), Bryce Lawrence (NZ)
TMO: Glenn Newman (NZ)
Assessor: Kim Eichmann (NZ)




Sosene Anesi; Lelia Masaga, Mils Muliaina (captain), Richard Kahui, Sitiveni Sivivatu; Stephen Donald, Brendon Leonard; Liam Messam, Tom Harding, Faifili Levave, Kevin O’Neill, Toby Lynn, Ben May, Tom Willis, Simms Davison.

Reserves: Vern Kamo, Ben Castle, Hayden Hopgood, Sione Lauaki, Tanerau Latimer, David Bason, Callum Bruce.

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

Reserves – Deon Fourie, Brok Harris, Ross Skeate, Robbie Diack, Bolla Conradie, Gio Aplon, Dylan Des Fountain.




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