Super Rugby

Blues beat Stormers in Cape Town

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The Stormers have played the Blues 20 times in Super Rugby since 1998, they have won 10 matches and lost 10.

The Stormers’ 10 wins give them a record of winning 50% of their matches against the Blues regardless of venue.

  • The Cape side has won six of their last eight Super Rugby matches against the Blues, including each of their last four in a row at home to the Auckland side.
  • The Stormers are unbeaten in their last three games against sides from New Zealand (W2, D1), they’ve not enjoyed a longer such run in Super Rugby since winning six in a row against the New Zealand clubs across the 2010 and 2011 campaigns.
  • The Blues have the lowest goal kicking success rate this season, slotting just 50% of their kicks at goal; however, the Stormers have the second-lowest rate from the tee (57%, level with Highlanders and Lions).
  • The Stormers have won each of their 30 scrums on their feed this season, one of three sides to maintain a 100% scrum success rate this Super Rugby campaign (also Highlanders and Hurricanes).
  • Hoskins Sotutu (Blues) has made 45 carries this season – only three players have made more – with the back-rowers’ total including 14 carries from a pick and go, no other player has made as many in that fashion.

Match detail

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Welcome to the South African leg of this weekend’s Round 5 of Super Rugby 2020. It is a scorcher in Cape Town where the mercury has topped 30 degrees Celcius in the Western Cape.

Wilco Louw leads out the Stormers for his 50th Super Rugby match.

1.00: PEEEEP! we are underway at Newlands, Cape Town.

2.00: The Blues lose possession in the tackle, but they had a penalty-advantage for offside. Otere Black calls for the tee.

3.00: PENALTY! Black opens the scoring. 0-3

5.00: Blues have the midfield scrum, which is reset.

7.00: TRY! Stephen Perofeta spins out of a tackle, runs to the 22 before drawing Dillyn Leyds, and sending Joe Marchant away for the game’s first try. 0-8

8.00: CONVERSION! The kick is good. 0-10

10.00: The Blues have started the contest with pace and tempo, looking to take quick-throws and lineouts.

11.00: Scarra Ntubeni’s lineout throw is skew. The scrum is again reset.

12.00: Louw is penalised for pulling down the reset scrum. Black calls for the tee.

13.00: PENALTY! Black’s kick goes straight and true. 0-13

14.00: The Blues have scored on all three entries to the opposition’s 22.

15.00: John Schickerling is isolated at the midfield ruck, and he gives away a penalty. Black kicks to the 22.

17.00: Kurt Eklund’s throw is over the head of his jumpers, collected by Ntubeni, who kickstarts a counter-attack that ends when Sergeal Petersen is tackled out into touch.

18.00: Mark Telea cannot take a wayward pass, and the ball bounces into touch. The visitors looked dangerous with every attack, and their counters are opening up Dobson’s side.

20.00: Perofeta’s cross-kick beats Tom Robinson into touch; it’s all Blues in the opening quarter at Newlands.

21.00: TRY! Dalton Papalii dives over in the corner, carrying a defender with him. The score came after a series of pick-and-drives from the forwards, inside the 22, before the ball went wide to the flanker to dot down. 0-18

23.00: CONVERSION! Black is on fire, slotting the touchline kick. 0-20

24.00: The Blues have not given away a penalty, and the Kiwis are starving the Stormers of possession and territory. Rieko Ioane drops the restart, gifting the hosts an attacking scrum inside the 22.

25.00: The scrum goes down again, it’s reset.

26.00: TRY! The home team win a penalty advantage from a big scrum. Steven Kitshoff and Pieter-Steph du Toit went close before Juarno Augustus powered over from close range. 5-20

27.00: CONVERSION! Damian Willemse adds the extras. 7-20

28.00: YELLOW CARD! Telea is lucky sent to the naughty step for taking out Peterson in the air off the restart.

30.00: Willemse takes his eyes off the ball after his forwards got the good go-forward ball from a driving maul. Scrum to the New Zealanders on the South African’s 10m.

33.00: The Stormers have stemmed the flow of points, but they will need another score before the break to stay in the game.

35.00: Kitshoff over-runs a pass, after a good attacking series of plays by his team, giving away a good chance at points.

37.00: Louw wins the scrum-penalty decision, Willemse kicks to the corner to set-up a maul.

38.00: TRY! Petersen, lurking behind Willemse in the pocket, takes the ball on a looping run and races through a hole to score next to the posts. 12-20

39.00: Willemse adds the extras. 14-20

40.00: Eklund gives away a needless penalty at the ruck, which allows the home side to clear, and launch a last-minute attack before the break.

41.00: TRY! OH, DEAR! Ntubeni’s throw is over the top again, and the Blues counter-attack. They go wide, at pace, and send the ball to Marchant, who finishes under pressure, and after a TMO review. 14-25

43.00: CONVERSION! Black slots another wide conversion. 14-27

The halftime score was Stormers 14 Blues 27

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in Cape Town.

43.00: The Blues have a centre-field scrum on halfway, which is reset.

45.00: The Stormers are under the cosh, they have also received a formal warning for repeated infringements on their line.

47.00: Superb scramble-defence by the Cape side, they shifted defenders wide, and Petersen’s try-saving tackle on Talea saves the day for Dobson’s men.

51.00: The Stormers have managed to start the second-half as poor as the first, but they have not conceded any points, which is a win.

53.00: The changes seem to have had a negative effect on the Blues, who look a bit disjointed with their attack.

55.00: PENALTY! Black extends his side’s lead. 14-30

58.00: More needless penalties see the Stormers attacks break down.

60.00: We have a stop in play for an injury, the players use the time to take on some much-needed fluids.

63.00: Another chance for Black to extend the lead.

64.00: PENALTY! Black increases the lead. 14-33

67.00: The game is winding down, all the hosts can hope for is a bonus-point loss, now.

71.00: The Blues are going through the phases, but nothing concrete is opening up.

73.00: This game is a mess now, both sides handling has dropped to amateur levels.

75.00: Stormers win a scrum-penalty allowing Leyds to clear.

77.00: The Stormers are on the Blues’ line: Can they find another try?

78.00: Stormers botch their attacking lineout, Blues clear.

80.00: More handling errors kill another decent opportunity for the hosts. They give away a penalty for a high tackle by Salmaan Moerat. Blues clear.

81.00: The hooter goes, the lineout is won, and the ball booted into the stands.

FULL TIME

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The final score is Stormers 14 (14) Blues 33 (27)

Scorers

Stormers
Tries – Augustus, Petersen
Pen –
Con – Willemse (2)
Drop –
Cards –

Blues
Tries – Marchant (2), Papalii
Pen – Black (4)
Con – Black (3)
Drop –
Cards – Telea (Yellow, 28′)

Match Officials
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: Divan Uys
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Teams

Stormers

Head Coach: John Dobson

15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Jaco Coetzee, 5 John Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Cobus Wiese, 21 Ernst van Rhyn, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Jean-Luc du Plessis.

Blues

Head Coach: Leon MacDonald

15 Stephen Perofeta, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 Thomas Faiane, 11 Mark Telea, 10 Otere Black, 9 Sam Nock; 8 Hoskins Sotutu, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Tom Robinson, 5 Jacob Pierce, 4 Patrick Tuipulotu (captain), 3 Sione Mafileo 2 Kurt Eklund, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Luteru Tolai, 17 Marcel Renata, 18 Ofa Tuungafasi, 18 Aaron Carroll, 20 Blake Gibson, 21 Jonathan Ruru, 22 Harry Plummer, 23 Matt Duffie.

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