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Stormers beat Cheetahs in Cape Town

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The Stormers won their last five games on the bounce against the Cheetahs in Super Rugby, although this will be the first meeting between the two clubs in Super Rugby Unlocked.

The Stormers have lost only two of their last 10 home games across Super Rugby and Super Rugby Unlocked (W7, D1).

  • John Dobson’s men picked up a 23-17 win over the Lions in their only home game of the Super Rugby Unlocked season so far.
  • The Cheetahs are yet to concede a first-half try in a game in Super Rugby Unlocked, conceding a total of just 12 first-half points in that time.
  • The Stormers have made a competition-high 63 offloads in Super Rugby Unlocked, while no team has made more break assists (4) or try assists (3) by offloads this season than the Cape team.
  • Malcolm Jaer has made eight clean breaks from just three appearances thus far in Super Rugby Unlocked, more than any other player in the competition.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kick-off.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Newlands, Cape Town. Stormers win a penalty after Malcolm Jaer took out Angelo Davids in the air from the kick-off.

2.00: A side entry by the Cheetahs leads to a Stormers’ penalty. Damian Willemse kicks to the 22.

4.00: The Cheetahs go to the front of their lineout, but Charles Marais knocks-on giving the home team an attacking scrum inside the 22.

6.00: TRY! Two penalties for offside allow the hosts to play with freedom. Dobson’s men sprayed the ball around the blindside. Davids stayed in bounds, the Stormers set up a ruck. Jaer, defending the touchline, turned his back on Herschel Jantjies, who picked the ball out and darted a la Joost van der Westhuizen down the line to score. 5-0

7.00: CONVERSION! Willemse slots the kick. 7-0

10.00: The Cheetahs have been camped inside their half in the opening stages. Handling errors, penalties, and good kicking out of hand by the Stormers is keeping them pinned back.

12.00: The first Cheetahs’ attack ends when Reinach Venter stepped into touch.

14.00: Another mistake from the Free State side, this time a knock-on from their lineout by Tian Schoeman.

16.00: Willemse boots the scrum-penalty 40 metres into the opposition’s half.

17.00: Tian Schoeman’s knock-on gifts the opposition an attacking scrum under the posts.

18.00: Referee Marius van der Westhuizen is tackled into the ruck by Juarno Augustus. The ref blows his whistle just before he gets cleaned out; that was close. Stormers scrum, five metres out. Another penalty for offside.

19.00: Steven Kitshoff opts for another scrum.

21.00: Junior Pokomela is warned by the ref, the next infringement is a yellow card. Steven Kitshoff opts for a shot at goal.

21.00: PENALTY! Willemse makes no mistake. 10-0

22.00: Boan Venter comes on for Charles Marais, who was having a nightmare in the front row.

24.00: Rosco Specman and Clayton Blommetjies counter-attack, setting up an attacking lineout after the Stormers were pinged at the breakdown.

25.00: Oh, dear! Boan Venter knocks-on trying to pick and drive over the line from close range. Scrum to the home team, which is reset again.

29.00: Cheetahs not troubling their hosts, who look comfortable.

31.00: The visitors get a kickable penalty, they will take a shot.

32.00: PENALTY! Tian Schoeman puts his team on the scoreboard. 10-3

35.00: Stormers pin the Cheetahs back inside their 22.

37.00: Dobson’s men are camped on the visitors’ line, they try to barge their way over, but Jantjies knocks-on trying to dive over the chalk.

39.00: Cheetahs, under pressure on their line, clear their lines after an awkward situation. Stormers have a lineout on the opposition’s 22.

40.00: DROP-GOAL! The Stormers go backwards in possession before Rikus Pretorius sends a long pass to Willemse, in the pocket, who boots a monster drop-kick just before the halftime siren. WOW! 13-3

The halftime score was Stormers 13 Cheetahs 3

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Newlands.

43.00: BIG SCRUM by the Cheetahs, who win a scrum-penalty inside the Stormers outside the 22. Schoeman calls for the tee.

44.00: PENALTY! Schoeman makes no mistake. 13-6

45.00: TRY! Juarno Augustus scores after the restart, finishing off a wonderful attack that combined both forwards and backs. 18-6

47.00: CONVERSION! Willemse adds the extras. 20-6

50.00: The hosts stray offside at the scrum, Schoeman kicks to the corner.

51.00: Jaer knocks-on near the goal-line, killing a good scoring opportunity; that’s two mistakes by the winger that have cost points.

54.00: Jantjies touched Specman’s kick, Willemse booted the ball out on the full, and the ref brings the game back to the home team’s 22.

58.00: Another handling error cost the visitors. They were attacking inside the Stormers’ 22 when the ball was lost in contact.

60.00: Warrick Gelant tracks back to take Specman’s kick, but the fullback throws a forward pass to Willemse, gifting the visitors another attacking scrum inside the hosts’ 22.

62.00: Willemse is pinged for a dangerous tackle on Frans Steyn. Schoeman, who slips as he kicks, puts the ball out in the corner.

64.00: TRY! Specman boots a kick forward, chases, and gets the bounce of the ball, which wrong-foots Willemse. Specman toed the ball forward, gathered, and finished expertly in the corner before being tackled out. SENSATIONAL SCORE! 20-11

65.00: CONVERSION! Schoeman slots the touchline conversion. Game on! 20-13

69.00: MASSIVE SCRUM from the hosts, winning another scrum-penalty near the opposition’s line. Willemse calls for the tee.

70.00: PENALTY! Willemse makes it a two-score game. 23-13

74.00: TRY! Warrick Gelant finishes off the Cheetahs with a walkover score. 28-13

76.00: CONVERSION! Willemse, flawless tonight, adds the extras – game over. 30-13

80.00: YELLOW CARD! Willemse is sent to the bin. 30-13

81.00: The Cheetahs botch another good chance to score. Stormers go second on the Super Rugby Unlocked log behind the Bulls.

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The final score is Stormers 30 (13) Cheetahs 13 (6)

Scorers

Stormers
Tries – H. Jantjies, Augustus, Gelant
Pen – Willemse (2)
Con – Willemse (3)
Drop – Willemse
Cards – Willemse (Yellow, 80′)

Cheetahs
Tries – Specman
Pen – Schoeman (2)
Con – Schoeman
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 1: Cwengile Jadezweni
Assistant Ref 2: Egon Seconds
TMO: Joey Klaaste-Salmans

Teams

Stormers

15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Ruhan Nel, 13 Dan du Plessis, 12 Rikus Pretorius, 11 Angelo Davids, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Ernst van Rhyn, 6 Marcel Theunissen, 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

Replacements: 16 Bongi Mbonambi, 17 Leon Lyons, 18 Sazi Sandi, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Ben-Jason Dixon, 21 Godlen Masimla, 22 Kade Wolhuter, 23 Michal Hazner

Cheetahs

15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Malcolm Jaer, 13 William Small-Smith, 12 Frans Steyn, 11 Rosko Specman, 10 Tian Schoeman, 9 Tian Meyer, 8 Jeandré Rudolph, 7 Junior Pokomela (captain), 6 Andisa Ntsila, 5 Carl Wegner, 4 Ian Groenewald, 3 Luan de Bruin, 2 Reinach Venter, 1 Charles Marais

Replacements: 16 Marnus van der Merwe, 17 Boan Venter, 18 Khutha Mchunu, 19 JP du Preez, 20 Aidon Davis, 21 Ruben de Haas, 22 Reinhardt Fortuin, 23 Chris Smit

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