South Africa’s Stormers host the Chiefs at Newlands in Cape Town in the penultimate Super Rugby match for Round 13.
The Stormers have played the Chiefs 20 times in Super Rugby and the Stormers have won 10 and lost 10.
- The Chiefs have won five of the last seven games between these sides (L2), twice overturning a halftime deficit in that run.
- The Chiefs have lost just four of their last 27 games against South African opposition (W21, D2); the Stormers were responsible for two of those defeats.
- The Cape Town side has won nine of their last 11 regular season games when hosting New Zealand opposition, although those nine wins have come by an average margin of just eight points.
- The Stormers have booted 18 penalty goals this season, the equal most of any team in the competition.
- Damian McKenzie has made 15 break passes this season, more than any other player in the competition and six more than Stormers’ best Damian Willemse (9) and SP Marais (9).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a sunny Newlands in Cape Town.
4.00: The Stormers are penalised for not rolling away. Damian McKenzie will kick to the corner.
7.00: The chiefs are camped inside the opposition’s 22, winning penalties at every breakdown or set-piece.
8.00: Liam Messam knocks on near the try-line and is penalised for a high tackle. SP Marais clears his lines.
10.00: Raymond Rhule put JJ Engelbrecht away with a smart offload. The Chiefs give away a cynical penalty.
12.00: The Stormers go to their driving maul, but Brodie Rettallick wins the turnover after holding up the ball carrier.
13.00: Big scrum by the Chiefs and they win the penalty. McKenzie boots the ball to the halfway line.
14.00: The Stormers win the Chiefs’ lineout and break inside their 22. Marais puts the ball to boot and the ball rolls out. However, the ref was playing advantage for offsides.
15.00: PENALTY! Damian Willemse, from in front, slots the kick and gives his team the lead. 3-0
18.00: The Chiefs are making lots of passes but it is all behind the advantage line. Another handling error, this time a forward pass, halts their momentum.
19.00: Sikhumbuzo Notshe loses the ball forward. The game is littered with mistakes.
22.00: TRY! Solomon Alaimalo latches onto McKenzie’s deft chip-kick. The ball bounces away from Dillyn Leyds and into the arms of the wing. He offloads to Anton Lienert-Brown, who races away to score. 3-5
23.00: MISS! The conversion is well wide. 3-5
26.00: Anton Lienert-Brown puts in a little kick behind the Stormers back three. The ball bounces away and into the corner flag. a very lucky break for the home team.
28.00: Marais puts in a pin-point touch-finder which goes out near the 5m line of the visitors.
29.00: Ramone Samuels – as per usual – misses his jumpers and the Chiefs counter. McKenzie loses the ball forward, giving possession to the South Africans.
32.00: There is lots of intent from both sides but their handling is letting them down. It is a stop-start affair in Cape Town which has seen 10 penalties and eight handling errors.
35.00: the Stormers manage to hang onto the ball and are going through the phases. Wilco Louw, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Steven Kitshoff all carried, but after nine phases, the move ends with a handling error.
38.00: McKenzie goes to the boot, but this time, he puts the ball into touch on the full. It gives the Stormers good field position before the break.
40.00: The Stormers give away a free-kick for an early engagement. Messam calls for another scrum.
42.00: The Chiefs win a penalty and will have time to kick to touch, however, McKenzie calls for the tee. It will be about 53 metres out on the angle and Cape Town is at sea-level.
44.00: MISS! The kick drops underneath the crossbar; it never had the legs. 3-5
The halftime score was Stormers 3 Chiefs 5
41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway in South Africa.
43.00: Alaimalo breaks away but can’t escape Leyds. The winger was about to be yellow carded for playing the ball on the ground, but he told the referee that the ball had been lost forward. I’ve never seen a ref overturn his decision after a player consultation.
46.00: Still very stale; both sides giving away possession after going through some phases.
49.00: A classic counter-ruck by the Chiefs ends with the away team getting a penalty inside the Stormers 22. They opt for posts.
50.00: MISS! McKenzie’s kick is well wide again. 3-5
52.00: Dewaldt Duvenage’s pinpoint kick drives the Chiefs back into their 22. Kitshoff won the turnover before the scrumhalf wove his magic.
53.00: Damian de Allende wins the penalty at the ruck.
54.00: PENALTY! Willemse puts his team in the lead. 6-3
57.00: The Chiefs have possession inside the Stormers 22, and are going through some patient build up.
59.00: The Chiefs went 15 phases before coughing up the ball. Rhule attempted a clearance kick but it was a shocker, gifting the ball back. The Chiefs come again but are eventually tackled into touch.
61.00: Alaimalo is in touch, diving for the corner. However, the Chiefs have a penalty for multiple offsides. Charlie Ngatai opts for a scrum instead of the points. Interesting call.
63.00: The Chiefs cannot break the plain, they go a few more phases before Leyds is caught offsides. Another scrum is called. Robbie Fleck empties his bench to install some fresh legs in the scrum.
64.00: The ball is sent wide by the Waikato team but the ball ends up in touch. It’s another penalty and another scrum for more infringements at the scrum by the new props.
65.00: PENALTY TRY! The referee has had enough, but it was a massive scrum by the Waikato scrum, who bulldozed their opponent’s. It was coming. 6-12
68.00: Time is running out for the Stormers. They need some possession and to not make any more mistakes. The Kiwis just need to keep playing the way they are and wait for an opportunity or error by the home team.
70.00: The game is opening up which will suit the Chiefs. McKenzie’s pass is forward with his team inside the opposition’s 22.
71.00: Massive scrum by the Stormers front row, who win a penalty. They smashed the Chiefs pack.
74.00: The Chiefs think they have scored but the referee spotted a knock-on and a forward pass. The away team did have an advantage and Damian McKenzie will attempt to kick his fourth shot at goal.
75.00: PENALTY! McKenzie can’t miss from in front. 6-15
78.00: PENALTY! SP Marais brings the scores back to within seven. 9-15
80.00: Brodie Rettallick wins the penalty at the breakdown.
82.00: Damian McKenzie taps and kicks the ball into touch.
The final score: Stormers 9 (3) Chiefs 15 (5)
Pen – Willemse (2), Marais
Tries – Lienert-Brown, Penalty try
Pen – D. McKenzie
Referee: Mike Fraser:
Assistant Ref 1: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 2: Quinton Immelman
TMO: Willie Vos
15 Sarel Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 Johannes Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Kobus van Dyk, 6 Siyamthanda Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Jacobus Janse van Rensburg, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Cobus Wiese, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Paul de Wet, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Seabelo Senatla.
15 Charlie Ngatai (captain), 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Johnny Faauli, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Liam Messam, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Shaun Stevenson.