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Turner double hands Stormers defeat

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Winger Lachie Turner scored two tries, including a clinching effort in the final three minutes, to give the Waratahs a 12-6 win over South Africa’s Stormers in Super 14 rugby.


It was the Waratahs’ 11th straight win at Sydney Football Stadium.


A solo try by Turner helped the Waratahs take an early lead. Turner stepped past two defenders before regathering his own chip kick to score the only try of the half after just five minutes.


Daniel Halangahu added the conversion for a 7-0 lead, but Stormers five-eighth Peter Grant narrowed the deficit to four points with a 25th-minute penalty goal.


Kurtley Beale came into the match after 60 minutes, replacing fullback Sam Norton-Knight. Beale set up Turner’s match-sealing second try with a midfield chip kick for his winger.


Grant added a second penalty in the second half before Turner’s late try. The Waratahs, who missed five shots at goal, consolidated their place in the top four, moving into a first-place tie with New Zealand’s Chiefs, each with 27 points, before two late South African matches.


Waratahs coach Chris Hickey said his side “wasted a lot of opportunities for points.”


“We’re certainly creating opportunities, and a lot of hard work,” said Hickey.


“But at the end you want to be paid back on the scoreboard, and we’re not.”


Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said his team’s fifth loss of the season by fewer than six points was a strong effort.


“I think we played solid,” said de Villiers. “We can take a lot of heart from this performance.


“The Waratahs have a very good defensive unit. We cut the line a couple of time but we’re just not converting them into tries.”


De Villiers said his team, tied for 10th place, could still achieve a top-four semifinal spot.


“We’ll see, it’s not over yet,” said de Villiers. “If we stay positive, who knows.”


The Stormers play the Brumbies at Canberra next Saturday, the Australian side’s first home match after a three-match South African road trip.


Sapa-AP Super14.com

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