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Waratahs rally for 13-13 draw with Stormers, both in line for Semis

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Lote Tuqiri scored a try in the 68th minute and flyhalf Kurtley Beale converted from the touchline to give the Waratahs a 13-13 draw with the Stormers on Saturday that left both in position to claim semifinal berths with one round remaining in the Super 14.


The Waratahs slipped from second to third with 39 points, one behind the Hurricanes, while the Stormers remained in fourth. However, the South African side saw its two-point cushion evaporate, caught on 37 points by Sharks.


Playing in a driving rain, the Stormers pressed the attack in the final five minutes, but lost possession in the slippery conditions and needed a fierce defense to preserve the draw.


The Stormers led on the first of two Beale penalties before Sireli Naqelevuki pushed over for an eighth-minute try.


However, Beale’s second penalty had the Waratahs ahead at halftime 6-5.


Stormers reclaimed the lead from the second-half kickoff. Wylie Human charged down Matt Carraro’s clearance attempt from his own try line and touched down for an unconverted try.


Replacement flyhalf Tony Brown added a penalty at the onset of the final quarter, but the Waratahs’ pack – with the loose trio of Wycliff Palu, Rocky Elsom and captain Phil Waugh leading the way – gradually took control, and starved the Stormers of possession to set up Tuquiri’s try.


Scores:


Stormers 13 (Sireli Naqelevuki, Wylie Human tries; Tony Brown penalty), Waratahs 13 (Lote Tuqiri try, Kurtley Beale conversion; Beale 2 penalties). Halftime, 5-6.


Sapa-AP – Super14.com

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