Super Rugby

Stormers beat Lions in Cape Town




The Stormers have played the Lions 25 times in Super Rugby since 1998, winning 15 matches.

Of the 25 clashes, the Stormers have won 15, lost nine and there has been one draw( in 2015). Since then, the Lions have not lost to the Stormers – at home or away.

  • The Lions have won their past four matches against the Stormers, averaging 34 points per match in this span.
  • The Stormers have won six of their last eight games at DHL Newlands (L2) but have not defeated the Lions here since April 2014 (D1, L2 since).
  • The Lions are undefeated in 22 of their last 23 matches against South African opposition (W21, D1), with an average margin of victory of 20 points per game.
  • Four players won a round-high three turnovers on the opening weekend, two of which were Lions players (Malcolm Marx and Carlu Sadie).
  • Marnus Schoeman (Lions) scored three tries in Round One, the 10th different forward to score a Super Rugby hat trick since 2011 and the first ever forward to score one for the Lions.

Match detail

We are waiting for the kickoff.

1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Newlands where Thor takes on Spiderman in this South African derby.

2.00: SP Marais gives away a penalty for a deliberate knock-down. Elton Jantjies kicks to the corner.

4.00: The chance goes begging with a turnover after the lineout.

6.00: TRY! Kwagga Smith uses his strength, carrying two Stormers on his back before dotting down for his 15th Super Rugby try. 0-5

8.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies slots the wide conversion. 0-7

10.00: The Stormers are awarded a penalty under the posts and decide to take the points.

11.00: PENALTY! Marais bangs the ball, over. 3-7

13.00: Marais clears from inside his 22. The hosts are struggling to get out of their half.

15.00: Bongi Mbonambi forgets that you are not allowed to tackle a player in the air. Jantjies turns defence into attack, kicking the ball to the 22.

17.00: this is not a great game, so far, it’s been the worst of the weekend.

19.00: Penalty goes the way of the visitors; it’s kickable but we know what Warren Whiteley will go for.

20.00: TRY! It’s the skipper, rewarding himself with his 15th Super Rugby five-pointer from close range. 3-12

22.00: CONVERSION! Jantjies sneaks his kick inside the right-hand upright. 3-14

24.00: Damian Willemse, at fullback for today, knocks on. Scrum to the Lions inside the Stormers’ half.

26.00: Jantjies loses the ball again, he’s been a little off, today.

28.00: Marais calls for the tee after some hands in the ruck by the Lions.

29.00: PENALTY! He makes no mistake from in front. 6-14

31.00: Marnus Schoeman is lucky to get away with a high tackle on Pieter-Steph du Toit.

33.00: The referee Egon Seconds is looking for foul play at the previous ruck. It’s Ali Vermaak, taking out Kwagga Smith from a side entry – no foul play.

35.00: The Stormers have given away seven penalties and made six handling errors. They must rectify those stats at the break, or as soon as possible.

36.00: Marvin Orie, despite being dressed as Spider-Man, drops a simple pass; he’s lucky his team had an advantage. From the scrum, the Lions’ front row wins a penalty.

38.00: Is it nearly halftime?

41.00: YELLOW CARD! Ali Vermaak is carded.

The halftime score was Stormers 6 Lions 14

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

43.00: A big scrum from the Lions gives Jantjies time to clear from his 22.

46.00: The Stormers win a penalty after Jano Vermaak is tangled in the ruck and Mapoe is caught offsides.

47.00: MISS! Marais pulls his kick, wide. 6-14

50.00: Marais will attempt another penalty from a similar place as the last.

51.00: PENALTY! He makes no mistake with this one. 9-14

54.00: Eben Etzebeth makes his return to Super Rugby.

57.00: The game is littered with handling errors and poor decision making.

60.00: Robbie Fleck’s side is awarded another penalty in kicking range.

61.00: PENALTY! Marais makes it four from five and reduces the deficit to two. 12-14

63.00: A botched restart leads to a Lions’ penalty, and wouldn’t you know it, Jantjies will take a shot.

64.00: PENALTY! It’s good from the Springbok flyhalf. 12-17

66.00: Two incidents of stupid ill-discipline, first by Etzebeth for a high tackle, then by Scarra Ntubeni for a tip-tackle. Lions kick to the Stormers’ 22.

68.00: Nic Groom’s break goes to waste because Orie throws a rubbish pass at the feet of Mapoe, who can’t control.

73.00: Corne Fourie wins a penalty for his side. Marais can put the Stormers in a good attacking position.

74.00: Orie taps the ball onto his team’s side, but the ball is not cleared out of the Joburg franchise’s 22.

75.00: The Stormers think they’ve scored, however, Mr Seconds for obstruction on Ntubeni, who blocked Lions defenders from stopping Marais.

76.00: Etzebeth wins the opposition’s lineout, Malcolm Marx, who has been ineffective today, is cautioned for illegal play at the breakdown. Marais kicks to the corner.

77.00: HUGE CALL FROM THE REF! He rules the ball was taken over the line, it’s a Stormer’s feed to the scrum. Not sure how he could see the ball amongst the melee.

78.00: YELLOW CARD! Joshua Stander kicks a cross-kick, but the ball bounces out, however, the Cape side had an advantage and Schoeman is sin-binned.

80.00: Marais dives for the corner. He was in touch and didn’t ground the ball. It’s the second poor decision by the winger and it will cost his team. Gianni Lombard clears.

81.00: Dan du Plessis thinks he’s scored the winning try, but Damian de Allende’s pass was forward. We are looking at the foul play by Mapoe on Etzebeth.

It’s only a penalty. The Stormers call for a scrum; they’re about 10 metres out.

82.00: Scrum reset.

83.00: Sti Sithole is offsides, but the ref is playing advantage as the Stormers attack through the phases.

84.00: The hosts opt for another scrum, this time it is six metres out and under the poles.

85.00: TRY! Stunning finish to the game. Herschel Jantjies dances his way over for the game-tying score. 17-all.

86.00: CONVERSION! Marais wins the game from in front. Crazy end to a dull game. The Lions will be kicking themselves for that last 10 minutes. 19-17


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The final score is Stormers 19 (6) Lions 17 (14)


Tries – H. Jantjies
Pen – Marais (4)
Con – Marais
Drop –
Cards – A. Vermaak (Yellow, 41st’)

Tries – K. Smith, Whiteley
Pen – E. Jantjies
Con – E. Jantjies (2)
Drop –
Cards – Schoeman (Yellow, 78′)

Match Officials
Referee: Egon Seconds
Assistant Ref 1: Divan Uys
Assistant Ref 2: Aimee Barrat-Theron
TMO: Christie du Preez


Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Ali Vermaak.

Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Frans Malherbe, 24 Eben Etzebeth, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Herschel Jantjies, 22 Joshua Stander, 23 Dan du Plessis.

Lions: 15 Andries Coetzee, 14 Ruan Combrinck, 13 Lionel Mapoe, 12 Harold Vorster, 11 Courtnall Skosan, 10 Elton Jantjies, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Warren Whiteley (captain), 7 Kwagga Smith, 6 Marnus Schoeman, 5 Stephan Lewies, 4 Marvin Orie, 3 Carlu Sadie, 2 Malcolm Marx, 1 Dylan Smith.

Replacements: 16 Pieter Jansen, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Jacobie Adriaanse, 19 Rhyno Herbst, 20 Hacjivah Dayimani, 21 Gianni Lombard, 22 Aphiwe Dyantyi, 23 Sylvian Mahuza.

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