Stormers too good for Cheetahs



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The Stormers showed that their away form picked up in Australasia was no fluke as they beat the Cheetahs by 34 points to 22 on Saturday.

The Stormers were by far the better team on the day and they managed to score five tries earning them the bonus point for the first four.

Sireli Naqelevuki scored two tries in the match but it was Tonderai Chavhanga who won man of the match.

The match was a great display by the Newlands-based outfit, who increased their chances of making the season-end play-offs.

A great kick-off by Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant set up the platform for the team’s opening try in the second minute.

Grant’s kick went into touch five meters from the Cheetahs tryline and from the resultant line-out which the Cheetahs won, the Stormers pack forced a five-meter scrum.

There was no stopping the Stormers and after a fine break by Grant who lost the ball in a tackle, Stormers scrumhalf Ricky Januarie swooped on the stray ball to dot down next to the posts.

Grant added the conversion (7-0).


The early advance seemed to lift the Stormers’ game, and there were some enterprising runs in the ensuing play by eighthman Luke Watson, fullback Conrad Jantjies and rightwing Tonderai Chavhanga.

It seemed the Cheetahs had to settle for a defensive role as the Stormers ran the ball at every opportunity, and it came as no surprise when they went further ahead through a try by lock Andries Bekker.

Grant’s conversion attempt failed after it struck the upright to make it 12-0.


The Cheetahs remained undeterred and kept plugging away with strong runs into the Stormers’ half and they came desperately short on three occasions when try-scoring opportunities beckoned.

Their only advance during this stage was a penalty by their flyhalf Jacques-Louis Potgieter.

Once the Stormers weathered this storm, all hell broke loose and the home scored two more tries before the halftime hooter sounded.


First centre Jean de Villiers burst through the Cheetahs’s defence and set up a move for Jantjies to score and then Sireli Naqelevuki scored in extra time of the first half.

Naqelevuki showed great touches by holding on to a well-flighted crossfield kick by Grant, who managed one more conversion to round off the 24-3 halftime score.

The Stormers returned to their dressing room assured of a bonus point for scoring four first-half tries.

Whatever Stormers’ coach Rassie Erasmus may have said to his troops during their halftime break certainly fired up the side for the start of the second half.

The result was that the Stormers put in a highly motivated start to the second half much to the appreciation of the 45 000 crowd. They cheered wildly as Sireli ran in for his second try of the match after centre Gcobani Bobo had put in all the hard yards. Grant added the conversion (31-3).

That advance seemed to taken the spark out of the Stormers’ attack and they seemed quite content to sit on their commanding lead, which gave the Cheetahs a chance to change from defensive to attacking mode.

They looked good for a try or two during a 10-minute pressure spell but they had to wait until the 58th minute when flanker Heinrich Brussow managed to cross the WP tryline, for an unconverted try (31-8).

After WP struck back with a Grant penalty for a 34-8 lead, Cheetahs’ surge continued and they were rewarded with two converted tries in quick succession as they managed to claw their way back to a more respectable scoreline in the final 13 minutes of play.

Substitute flyhalf Conrad Barnard and hooker Adrian Strauss were the try scorers.


Final score Stormers 34 Cheetahs 22


Man of the match – Tonderai Chavhanga





Tries -Januarie, Bekker ,Jantjes , Naqelevuki (2)

Pen –

Con – Peter Grant (4)  




Tries -Br’ssow , Barnard, Strauss

Pen -Jacques-Louis Potgieter

Con – Conrad Barnard (2)


Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Mark Lawrence (South Africa)
Assistant Referees : Jonathan Kaplan (South Africa), Pro Legoete (South Africa)
TV Match Official : Johan Meuwesen (South Africa)
Reviewer/Perf. Auditor : Arrie Schoonwinkel (South Africa)




15. Conrad Jantjes,14. Tonderai Chavhanga,13. Gcobani Bobo,12. Jean De Villiers (C),11. Sireli Naqelevuki,10. Peter Grant,9. Ricky Januarie,8. Luke Watson,7 Francois Louw,6. Schalk Burger,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. Robbie Diack,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Tony Brown,22. Gio Aplon.


Hennie Daniller; Eddie Fredericks, JW Jonker, Meyer Bosman, Jongi Nokwe; Jacques-Louis Potgieter, Tewis de Bruyn; Duanne Vermeulen, Juan Smith, Heinrich Br’ssow, Barend Pieterse, Rory Duncan, CJ van der Linde, Adriaan Strauss, Wian du Preez.
Reserves: Richardt Strauss, Bees Roux, David de Villiers, Hendro Scholtz, Falie Oelschig, Conrad Barnard, Hendrik Meyer.   

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