The Stormers have played the Crusaders 21 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Stormers have won four matches and lost 17 times.
The Stormers four wins out of 21 matches give them a record of winning 19% of their matches against the Crusaders regardless of venue.
- The Crusaders have won 15 of their last 17 games against the Stormers in Super Rugby (L2), including each of their last seven in a row.
- The Stormers have won just three of their last 16 Super Rugby games against sides from New Zealand (L13), although each of those three victories in that spell did come at home.
- The Crusaders have won their last five Super Rugby matches on the bounce in South Africa; only once in Super Rugby history has any overseas team enjoyed a longer winning streak in South Africa (Blues – 6 wins from 2002 to 2005).
- The Crusaders (55) have scored the most tries of any team this Super Rugby season, while the Stormers (22) have scored the fewest.
- Only Duane Vermeulen (Bulls, 20) has won more turnovers in Super Rugby 2019 than the Crusaders’ Matt Todd (16).
We are waiting for the kick-off.
1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at a raucous Newlands in Cape Town. There is a large crowd because of the Crusaders. The Kiwis enjoy a bizarrely strong following in the Western Cape because of apartheid.
2.00: An early scrum from the kick-off needs to be reset. The crowd is very noisy, make no mistake.
4.00: More reset scrums in the early stages.
5.00: George Bower collapses the scrum, and referee Nic Berry has had enough.
6.00: TRY! Siya Kolisi you good thing! The Stormers takes Josh Stander’s well-timed pass and ghosts through two defenders before rounding Richie Mo’unga to score under the posts. 5-0
7.00: CONVERSION! Stander adds the extras. 7-0
9.00: The Stormers win a penalty after the restart; there is a break in play as Bongi Mbonambi receives some treatment from the medics.
10.00: Sevu Reece clears, but the home side has the lineout.
11.00: George Bridge takes a mark, plays the ball to David Havili, but the fullback slices his kick, badly. Lineout to the Stormers, 10 metres out.
12.00: The Stormers win another penalty, this time at the maul, Stander goes to the corner.
15.00: The Stormers cannot put another driving maul together, the Saders win the turnover, but the counter-attack stalls with a knock on.
16.00: Stander carries. The big men follow the flyhalf’s lead before the Stormers decide to kick. They had a penalty advantage because Kieran Read is offside. Sam Whitelock gets a talking to because the previous scrum was again collapsed by Bower. Stander calls for the tee, this time.
17.00: PENALTY! The standoff’s kick is good. 10-nil
18.00: Jack Goodhue knocks on with men in his face, the Stormers gather and mount another attack. The ball is turned over, but the home team has an attacking lineout.
20.00: Kolisi loses the ball forward in Havili’s challenge. It’s the fifth handling error by Robbie Fleck’s side.
23.00: Damian de Allende’s mistake is rescued by Dillyn Leyds’ good work at the breakdown.
24.00: Scott Barrett is lucky to not see a yellow card for a shoulder charge at the previous ruck.
26.00: Kolisi loses the ball again, the Crusaders win the penalty, and Mo’unga boots his team back into enemy territory.
27.00: No tackle release by Jaco Coetzee allows the Kiwis an attacking lineout.
28.00: TRY! Excellent rolling maul from the defending champions. They immediately splinter to the left after contact and drive over the chalk to halve the deficit. Matt Todd gets up with the ball. 10-5
30.00: MISS! Mo’unga misses from near the touchline, but his side is on the scoreboard. 10-5
31.00: Damian Willemse dances through some tackles, but it’s to no avail because of obstruction. Mo’unga misses touch, too, but the Crusaders get another pop after the return kick also does not go out.
32.00: Willemse continues the trend of not finding touch, but Mr Berry gets in the way of a Crusaders’ counter-attack and blows for a Kiwi scrum. He tells Leyds that he cannot penalise himself for offsides. HA!
36.00: TRY! Mo’unga’s cross-kick is rushed, it takes a deflection, but lands in the hands of Havili, who collects and scores next to the poles. It was lucky, but champions make their own luck. 10-all
37.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga gives his team the lead. 10-12
40.00: Seabelo Senatla tackles Bridge in the air, but he apologises and does not get a card.
41.00: One last attack from a rolling maul for the Saders.
43.00: Some good defending by the hosts sees them go into halftime trailing by only two points.
The halftime score was Stormers 10 Crusaders 12
41.00: PEEEEP! we are back underway in Cape Town.
43.00: Crusaders have carried on from where they left off.
44.00: TRY! Great skills from Mo’unga as the flyhalf puts Codie Taylor in a gap. Taylor races into the 22 before sending a skip-pass to Braydon Ennor, on the wing. Ennor beats the covering defenders to score his team’s third try. 10-17
46.00: CONVERSION! Mo’unga kicks the touchline conversion. 10-19
47.00: Ennor is immediately subbed back off for the returning Ryan Crotty, who did not emerge from the change rooms.
48.00: MISS! Stander misses a chance to reduce the deficit. 10-19
50.00: The Crusaders run from their line after Senatla’s kick turned defence into attack.
52.00: The Stormers win another kickable penalty, and will take a shot.
53.00: PENALTY! Stander makes no mistake, this time. 13-19
56.00: Whitelock is pinged for collapsing the Stormers’ lineout.
57.00: The Stormers don’t use the ball, and are held up in the maul. Robertson’s side is not challenging every lineout, choosing their moments to strike, expertly.
58.00: Fleck’s side are dominating territory and possession, if only slightly, but they need a try or they will not win this game.
60.00: Mitch Drummond clears from the ruck, but his kick does not go very far. Lineout to the hosts on the 22.
61.00: Superb strip from Drummond on Herschel Jantjies. The South African scrummy does not protect the ball in contact, allowing the ball to be lost, and with it, the opportunity.
62.00: Taylor stands up in the scrum leading to another penalty shot for Stander.
64.00: PENALTY! Stander strikes true. We have a ball-game. 16-19
66.00: Havili looks for territory, Leyds returns, but the Saders play quickly. The game is being played at a fierce tempo: Who will have the legs and lungs to see this one through?
68.00: Pieter-Steph du Toit wins a penalty at the breakdown; that was immense because he was outnumbered by three Crusaders.
70.00: The Crusaders steal possession and mount an attack from deep.
73.00: Despite the errors, this game has been superb, both teams going hammer and tongs. Willemse smokes Havili with a huge hit, a try-saving tackle, too.
75.00: NO TRY! Reece with the magic, this time. He chases his own kick, beating Leyds to the bounce of the ball, but a forward pass in the build-up by Ennor keeps this game alive. 16-19
77.00: BIG SCRUM! The Stormers forwards produce the goods at the right time with a massive scrum. The Stormers have an attacking lineout on the 22.
79.00: Willemse misses a chance to win the game because he cannot take the bouncing ball. The Stormers come back for a penalty after a high tackle. Jean-Luc du Plessis will take a shot.
80.00: PENALTY! Jean-Luc du Plessis levels the game, and that’s full time. 19-all
The final score is Stormers 19 (10) Crusaders 19 (12)
Tries – Kolisi
Pen – Stander (3), J. du Plessis
Con – Stander
Tries – Todd, Havili, Ennor
Con – Mo’unga (2)
Referee: Nic Berry
Assistant Ref 1: Marius van der Westhuizen
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO: Marius Jonker
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel
15 David Havili, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Jack Goodhue, 12 Ryan Crotty, 11 George Bridge, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Bryn Hall, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Matt Todd, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 5 Sam Whitelock (captain), 4 Scott Barrett, 3 Michael Alaalatoa, 2 Codie Taylor, 1 George Bower
Replacements: 16 Andrew Makalio, 17 Harry Allan, 18 Oliver Jager, 19 Luke Romano, 20 Jordan Taufua, 21 Mitchell Drummond, 22 Mitchell Hunt, 23 Braydon Ennor