Stormers win with bonus point



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The Stormers outplayed the Reds in Brisbane on Saturday and won the match by 16 points to 34.

The Stormers were in command for most of the game and scored four tries in the match earning them the bonus point. The Cape Town-based team played enterprising rugby to come away with four tries in their third straight win in Brisbane and the sixth win in their past 10 games in Australia.

The Stormers had been winless in their opening three matches, but they produced adventurous attacking rugby to sink the Reds, who were coming off their dire 43-11 loss to ACT Brumbies the previous week.

Led by flanker Luke Watson, hooker Schalk Brits and fullback Conrad Jantjes, the Stormers ran the Queenslanders off their feet with their expansive attacking game and had three further tries disallowed by the video referee in the first half.

“We lost three on the trot and I’m elated with our first win of the tournament,” Stormers’ skipper Jean De Villiers said.

“It’s a start and we can only improve from here as we approach the Waikato Chiefs in New Zealand next week.” Queensland had fought back from 10-8 down at halftime to hit the front 16-13 with a try by flanker Leroy Houston in the 56th minute, but the Stormers finished strongly in the final quarter.

Watson, who was held up twice over the try-line in the first half, backed up a break by the lively Brits to score in the 58th minute, replacement scrum-half Bolla Conradie dived over in the corner and winger Tonderai Chavhanga claimed the scoring bonus point with a fourth try in the final minute.

Fly-half Peter Grant kicked immaculately with four conversions and two penalty goals from all his goal attempts and finished the match with 19 points with his first-half try.

It was the Stormers’ third straight victory in Brisbane after 21-20 and 24-20 wins in their previous two visits in 2004 and 2006.

It was another sorry night for the hapless Reds, who made seven team changes after their much-criticised loss to the injury-hit Brumbies, but yet again their errors let them down.

Wallaby fullback Chris Latham scored his 39th Super try in the first half, and World Cup fly-half Berrick Barnes landed two rare drop goals, while Clinton Schifcofske missed his two conversion attempts.

The Reds face more South African opposition next Saturday with the visit of defending Super 14 champions Northern Bulls. 

Score Reds 16 Stormers  34





Tries –  Chris Latham,Leroy Houston
Pen –
Con – 
Drop Goal – Berrick Barnes (2)



Tries – Peter Grant, Luke Watson,Bolla Conradie,Tonderai Chavhanga
Pen – Peter Grant (2)
Con – Peter Grant (4)


Saturday March 8
Venue :
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Referee’s Asst. : Lyndon Bray (New Zealand), Simon Moore (Australia)
TMO: Steve Leszczynski (Australia)
Assessor: Gus Erickson (Australia)




(15-1): Chris Latham, Brando Va’aulu, Peter Hynes, Morgan Turinui, Clinton Schifcofske, Berrick Barnes, Sam Cordingley, Leroy Houston, David Croft, John Roe (c), James Horwill, Ed O’Donoghue, Dayna Edwards, Sean Hardman, Greg Holmes. Reserves (16-22): Stephen Moore, Rodney Blake, Van Humphries, AJ Gilbert, Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Charlie Fetoai.


15. Conrad Jantjes,14. Tonderai Chavhanga,13. Gcobani Bobo,12. Jean De Villiers (C),11. Sireli Naqelevuki,10. Peter Grant,9. Ricky Januarie,8. Robbie Diack,7 Francois Louw,6. Luke Watson,5. Andries Bekker,4. Adriaan Fondse,3. Brian Mujati,2. Schalk Brits,1. JD Moller

Reserves: 16. Tiaan Liebenberg,17. Brok Harris,18. Ross Skeate,19. Pieter Myburgh,20. Bolla Conradie,21. Gio Aplon,22. Dylan Des Fountain.   

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