Super Rugby

Blues beat Stormers in Cape Town




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.


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


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

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



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.


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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