Super Rugby

Stormers beat Blues in Cape Town




The Stormers have returned from their tour of Australasia but will still be playing against a New Zealand team as they host the Blues in Cape Town.

The Stormers have played the Blues 18 times and they won 9 matches and lost 9 matches.

  • The Stormers have won five of their last six games against the Blues, with their sole loss in that time coming by a margin of just one point.
  • The Stormers have won nine of their last 10 regular season home games, only losing to fellow South African side the Lions in that time.
  • The Blues will be looking for a second win in South Africa in a single season for the first time since 2008 when they picked up big wins against the Lions (55-10) and Cheetahs (50-26).
  • The Blues have made an average gain of 542m per game this season, nearly 30m per game more than any other squad.
  • Kobus van Dyk has made 29 tackles this campaign, the most of any player who is yet to miss an attempt.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEP! We are underway at on warm, sunny day in Cape Town.

2.00: TRY! EW Viljoen takes Johannes Engelbrecht’s inside pass and breaks to score the early try. It started with Dillyn Leyds taking the ball at first receiver and throwing a wide, skip-pass to Engelbrecht, who played Viljoen on his inside. 5-0

3.00: CONVERSION! Damian Willemse adds the extras. 7-0

4.00: The Stormers were struck down with a virus, this past week. Some players could not train and there have been three changes to the bench.

5.00: Carlu Sadie, Sikhumbuzo Notshe and Justin Phillips make way for Neethling Fouche, Jaco Coetzee and Paul De Wet.

7.00: The first scrum collapses and needs to be reset.

9.00: Both teams are playing in blue, what is going on, here? Yesterday, the Bulls played in their replica Sundowns strip, but the Stormers are at home in blue against the Blues. Genius.

11.00: Blues are penalised for offsides. Willemse kicks to the Blues’ 22.

12.00: Dewaldt Duvenage knocks on and the move falls flat after Nizaam Carr’s break.

13.00: TRY! Raymond Rhule is in for his 21st Super Rugby try. Leyds created the try with a burst from his own 22. The winger ran across the field, broke the line and played Pieter-Steph du Toit on the touchline. Du Toit broke a tackle, stayed in play, fed Rhule on his inside shoulder and the wing sped away for the score. 12-0

14.00: CONVERSION! Willemse adds the two. 14-0

16.00: The Stormers backline is caught offsides. The Blues will take a shot at goal.

17.00: PENALTY! Bryn Gatland puts the Blues on the scoreboard. 14-3

21.00: The Stormers are on the attack. Viljoen kicks possession away, but the home team’s counter-ruck wins them a penalty. Great work by Siya Kolisi.

22.00: Nizaam Carr collects a charge down kick, but is called back for being offsides before the kick.

25.00: Engelbrecht knocks on attempting an intercept; scrum to the Blues inside the Stormers half.

27.00: Sonny Bill is penalised for going straight to ground at the ruck.

29.00: The Stormers win another penalty, this time inside the Blues’ 22.

30.00: PENALTY! Willemse can’t miss from straight in front. 17-3

33.00: The Blues have possession, but lose the ball to Kolisi. Viljoen kicks across the field and the Blues are given easy possession.

34.00: Stormers regain possession and are going through the phases, just outside the Blues’ 22. Jan de Klerk knocks on attempting to score, but the home team get the penalty for offsides.

35.00: Willemse kicks to the corner.

36.00: TRY! Dewaldt Duvenage picks up from the base of the ruck and darts under the posts. Du Toit got the go-forward ball after winning the collision with Gatland. 22-3

37.00: CONVERSION! Willemse slots the easy kick. 24-3

38.00: Gatland knocks on with his team in a good attacking position. Scrum to the hosts.

39.00: The Stormers win the penalty with a big scrum. Willemse kicks deep into Blues territory.

40.00: The Blues win the penalty at the breakdown. They will have one last attacking opportunity before the break.

41.00: James Parsons overthrows his jumpers, the Stormers gain possession and Willemse kicks into the stands as the hooter sounds.

The half-time score was Stormers 24 Blues 3

41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway at Newlands.

43.00: Penalty advantage against Du Toit. Sam Nock loses the ball forward. Stephen Perofeta kicks to the corner.

44.00: Massive tackle by Ramone Samuels and Engelbrecht, who tackle Antonio Kiri Kiri and hold him up, over the line.

45.00: Scrum to the Blues is reset.

46.00: TRY! Akira Ioane picks up from the base of the scrum and powers over Engelbrecht. It was a mismatch. 24-8

47.00: MISS! Perofeta with a bad miss from an easy angle. 24-8

49.00: Matt Duffie with a beautiful offload to Ioane, but the ball is spilt in the following phase.

50.00: TRY! Viljoen gets his second. It came from Sonny Bill’s misplaced pass to Rieko Ioane. Engelbrecht gathered the loose ball inside his 22 and raced 60 metres before being tackled by Melani Nanai. However, the winger popped to the supporting Viljoen to score. 29-8

51.00: CONVERSION! Willemse slots another two points. 31-8

54.00: Engelbrecht with another break, passes inside to Duvenage, who plays Willemse. The flyhalf goes close but is tackled into touch.

56.00: The Blues have made their way into their host’s 22 after being stuck on their line.

57.00: Willemse clears, but the Blues take a quick lineout and are outside the home team’s 22.

57.00: TRY! Michael Collins is tackled, releases the ball, gets up and dives over under the posts. It came from Perofeta’s break inside the 22. 31-13

58.00: CONVERSION! Perofeta adds the extras. 31-15

61.00: The Blues are inside the Stormers’ 22, again. They’ve had over 60 percent possession and territory since the break.

63.00: Kolisi starts a Stormers’ counter-attack which sees the home team go the length of the field.

64.00: The blues give away a cynical penalty with the Stormers on their try-line. Willemse calls for the tee.

65.00: PENALTY! Willemse extends the Stormers’ lead to 19. 34-15

67.00: The Stormers are pinged at the breakdown. Perofeta kicks to the corner.

69.00: TRY! Rieko Ioane takes his brother’s inside pass and beats Duvenage to score. 34-20

70.00: MISS! Perofeta misses his second kick, keeping the deficit at two converted tries. 34-20

71.00: The TMO is checking for some foul play by Jerome Kaino at the ruck, but it’s Jimmy Tupou’s shoulder on Cobus Wiese. Willemse will take a shot at goal.

72.00: PENALTY! Willemse adds his third penalty and is seven from seven, today. 37-20

73.00: Matt Duffie knocks on the restart. Scrum to the Stormers, who won the penalty.

76.00: A scuffle breaks out after another powerful driving maul by the Stormers.

79.00: The Stormers have closed this game out and are playing with abandon.

80.00: The Stormers knock on as the siren sounds.


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The final score: Stormers 37 (24) Blues 20 (3)


Tries – Viljoen (2), Rhule, Duvenage
Pen – Willemse (3)
Con – Willemse (4)
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – A. Ioane, Collins, R. Ioane
Pen – Gatland
Con – Perofeta
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: AJ Jacobs
Assistant Ref 2: Cwengile Jadezweni
TMO: Christie du Preez



15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Johannes Engelbrecht, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian De Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Jan de Klerk, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.

Replacements: 16 Dean Muir, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Jaco Coetzee, 22 Paul De Wet, 23 Craig Barry.


15 Michael Collins, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Melani Nanai, 10 Bryn Gatland, 9 Sam Nock, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Antonio Kiri Kiri, 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu, 3 Ofa Tuungafasi, 2 James Parsons (captain), 1 Pauliasi Manu.

Replacements: 16 Leni Apisai, 17 Ross Wright, 18 Mike Tamoaieta, 19 Jimmy Tupou, 20 Murphy Taramai, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 George Moala.

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