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The Stormers won their first game of the Super 14 season and secured a bonus point with a four tries to two defeat of hapless Queensland on Saturday.


Flyhalf Peter Grant scored the opening try, kicked two penalties and four conversions for a 19-point haul, landing his last kick after fulltime to cap a 34-16 win.


“There was a lot of mistakes, but we’ve got our first win,” Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said. “We’ve got a lot to work on, but I’m elated with the win. We’ll definitely take some confidence out of this game.”


Queensland scored the first try of the second half via No. 8 Leroy Houston in the 56th minute for a 16-13 lead but the Stormers replied immediately with a long-range try finished off by flanker Luke Watson to regain the lead.


The Cape Town team added two more tries, making it three tries in the last 22 minutes, as Reds defenders started falling off tackles and leaving big holes in the line.


Replacement back Bolla Conradie went back to collect a loose last pass from Grant and reached over just inside in the left corner to give the Stormers a 27-16 lead.


Then flying winger Tonderai Chavhanga ensured the bonus point when he stepped off his right foot and ran around near the posts after some quick handling by his inside backs in the last minute.


After scoring only one try in three previous losses, the Stormers started their four-match road-trip with a comprehensive win.


Queensland, coming off a humiliating loss to an under-manned ACT Brumbies in Canberra last week, now have lost three in a row after opening the season with a win.


The Stormers made 10 linebreaks and, on top of the four tries, were held up over the line three times.


The Reds missed 28 tackles, contributing to a glut of possession for the South Africans.


Queensland’s Chris Latham scored his first try of the season just before halftime to cut the margin at the break to 10-8 and flyhalf Berrick Barnes landed dropped goals off his left and right feet before being replaced late in the game.


Stormers hooker Schalk Brits created the attacking movement of the match.


He hit and spun to get around Reds scrumhalf Sam Cordingley, ran into a gap between the two Reds props near his own quarter before sprinting 40 meters upfield and finding two flankers in support.


He passed inside to Francois Louw, who drew the cover and unloaded to unmarked Watson to dive over to the right of the posts.

 

 


Score Reds 16 Stormers  34

 

Scorers

 

Reds 

Tries –  Chris Latham,Leroy Houston
Pen –
Con – 
Drop Goal – Berrick Barnes (2)

 

Stormers

Tries – Peter Grant, Luke Watson,Bolla Conradie,Tonderai Chavhanga
Pen – Peter Grant (2)
Con – Peter Grant (4)

 

Saturday March 8
Venue :
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Referee’s Asst. : Lyndon Bray (New Zealand), Simon Moore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Gus Erickson (Australia)

 

Teams

Reds


(15-1): Chris Latham, Brando Va’aulu, Peter Hynes, Morgan Turinui, Clinton Schifcofske, Berrick Barnes, Sam Cordingley, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe (c), James Horwill, Ed O’Donoghue, Dayna Edwards, Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes. Reserves (16-22): Stephen Moore, Rodney Blake, Van Humphries, AJ Gilbert, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Charlie Fetoai.


Stormers


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


Reserves: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg,17. Brok Harris,18. Ross Skeate,19. Pieter Myburgh,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Gio Aplon,22. Dylan Des Fountain.

 

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