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The Stormers and Waratahs both stayed in contention for a play off place by drawing 13 all at Newlands Cape Town.


The result throws the table wide open and it means that seven teams can still reach the Semis and with the Sharks & Chiefs playing the last match next week they will know exactly how much they will need to win by in order to qualify if needed.


The Waratahs spent the match battling away at the Stormers defence and enjoyed 73 % of possession. Phil Waugh won man of the match in conditions that were pretty awful.


The Stormers adopted a game plan in the second half of kicking the ball away giving it to the Waratahs and sitting back waiting for the Waratahs to make mistakes.

 

Wylie Human scored possibly the fastest second half try in Super 14 history from chargedown kick mistake.

 


A heavy downpour greeted the arrival of the teams on the field, and the visiting Waratahs wasted no time in opening the scoring in as early as the first minute when their flyhalf Kurtley Beale was on target with a penalty goal.


He could have doubled his side’s lead two minutes later but he was fractionally wide with another penalty attempt.


The Stormers opened their scoring account in the seventh minute when they worked a raid on the Waratahs 22m line from the railway stand side of the field to the grandstand side before left wing Sireli Naqelevuki rounded off with a 3m slide to the Waratahs tryline.


After a long review, the TMO awarded the try, which went unconverted (5-3).


Given the spoiling conditions and the lashing winds, the Stormers opted to kick upfield rather than attack from the half. Although this was a sensible tactic, it was aimed at testing regular winger Lote Tuqiri who was playing in the unfamiliar position at fullback.


He did well whenever he was tested and, fortunately for the Stormers, the wet conditions took the bite out of his counter-attacks.


The visiting Aussies regained the lead in the 27th minute through another Beale penalty after they managed to weather a wave of attacks by the Stormers (6-5).


The Waratahs found their rhythm soon afterwards and set up a series of raids inside the Stormers half, although they came away empty-handed.


They chose to keep the ball close to their pack but the well-structured Stormers’ defence kept them at bay.


The Stormers finished the half strongly with penetrative runs into the Waratahs half but they failed to wipe out the deficit by the time the halftime whistle blew.


The crowd of 45 000 spectators were on their feet less than 30 seconds into the second half when the Stormers scored a spectacular try through Wylie Human.


He charged down a clearance attempt by Waratahs wing Matt Carrero from virtually on his own tryline and then followed up to pounce on the stray ball in the in-goal area.


Peter Grant failed to convert but the Stormers went into the lead for the second time in the match (10-6).


In the ensuing minutes, both teams struggled to impose themselves on the match and for a sustained spell the defences were never really threatened.


In the 63rd minute, substitute flyhalf Tony Brown extended the Stormers lead with penalty (13-6) but the lead was short-lived as the Waratahs responded magnificently six minutes later with a try by Tiqiri.


Beale converted splendidly from the touchline to level scores (13-13).


With time running out, the Waratahs continued to enjoy the initiative but they were unable to advance further as the teams signed off with a 13-all draw.


 

Final Score Stormers 13 Waratahs 13

 

Scorers

 

Stormers

Tries – Sireli Naqelevuki, Wylie Human
Pen – Tony Brown
Con –

 

Waratahs

Tries – Lote Tuqiri
Pen – Kurtley Beale (2)
Con -Kurtley Beale

 

Saturday May 10
Stormers vs Waratahs at Newlands
Referee:
Lyndon Bray (New Zealand)
Assistant Referee: Brent Murray (New Zealand), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Arrie Schoonwinkel (South Africa)

 

Teams

 

Stormers

Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Robbie Diack, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Ariaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati.


Reserves – Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Pieter Myburgh, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan Des Fountain.


Waratahs


1. Benn Robinson, 2. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3. Al Baxter, 4. Dean Mumm, 5. Dan Vickerman, 6. Rocky Elsom, 7. Phil Waugh [c]
8. Wycliff Palu, 9. Luke Burgess, 10. Kurtley Beale, 11. Matt Carraro*, 12. Tom Carter, 13. Rob Horne, 14. Lachie Turner, 15. Lote Tuqiri


Bench: 16. Adam Freier, 17. Sekope Kepu, 18. Will Caldwell ,19. David Lyons, 20. Brett Sheehan, 21. Sam Norton-Knight, 22. Timana Tahu


 

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