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Stormers v Cheetahs - Live
full-time Stormers 16 Cheetahs 14
80 The Stormers keep it tight amongst their forwards and eventually run down the clock. The ball comes out to Pietersen, who hoofs it into the crowd. That's the end of this clash and the hosts will be relieved that they managed to pull that one off. The Cheetahs were clearly the better side during the second half but unfortunately their poor start cost them dearly in the end.
79 Duvenhage launches a beautifully-weighted box kick which Van Zyl knocks on in mid-air. Scrum to the home side midway between the Cheetahs' 22 and the halfway line.
76 There's some aerial ping-pong as both sides trade kicks in a bid to gain territorial advantage. The Stormers eventually win the min-battle when Daniller puts the ball into touch on the edge of his 22.
71 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty when Tiaan Liebenberg is pinned for a scrum infringement. Smit's kick does not find touch and the Stormers go on the attack from inside their half.
68 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 16-14. Riaan Smit slots a difficult spot-kick from up against the touchline!
67 TRY, CHEETAHS, LE ROUX! 16-12. Willie le Roux intercepts a pass from Duvenhage inside his own 22 and races away before dotting down in the left-hand corner!
62 The Stormers get some relief when Cameron Jacobs is pinned for being in front of a kick from Piet van Zyl.
59 Dewaldt Duvenhage rescues his team with a clearance kick off the base of a scrum which goes into touch just outside his 22.
58 The Cheetahs have their tails up and set up an incredible 30 phases close to the Stormers' try-line! The hosts are defending like Trojans and their efforts are eventually rewarded when Andries Strauss fumbles close to the touchline.
55 YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, ELSTADT. Rynardt Elstadt is sent to the sin bin for putting his knee into the back of one of the Cheetahs players on the ground.
55 A massive brawl has erupted and the referee and his assistants are having a difficult time at bringing things under control! The referee consults one of his assistants and there's going to be at least one card going to be shown here!
52 The Cheetahs are back on attack and soon the ball goes through the back-line where Robert Ebersohn is nailed by a big hit from Jean de Villiers.
49 CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, SMIT! 16-7. Replacement back Riaan Smit adds the extras to narrow the gap!
48 TRY, CHEETAHS, DANILLER! 16-5. The Cheetahs forwards are stopped just short of the try-line but the ball is soon spun wide to the backs and Hennie Daniller rounds of in the corner after a long pass from Willie le Roux.
43 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty close to their own try-line when Brock Harris infringes at a scrum.
40 Joe Pietersen gets the second half started with a high hanging kick which the Cheetahs fail to gather. The Stormers win a turnover and are immediately on the attack.
Half-time Stormers 16 Cheetahs 0
40 The Cheetahs launch an attack on the edge of the Stormers' 22. Ebersohn puts in a bomb which Aplon fumbles and the referee blows his whistle to signal half-time. It's been an impressive opening from the hosts and they fully deserve their lead. The Cheetahs have had scraps of possession and will have to up the ante after the break.
37 The Stormers go off their feet at a ruck inside their half and Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss instructs Ebersohn to kick for touch. The pivot puts it out inside the Stormers' 22 but their efforts come to nothing when Brussouw knocks on at the set-piece.
35 Grant takes a shot at from 47 metres out, after Heinrich Brussouw executes a high tackle on Juan de Jongh. It's a good effort but unfortunately for him it strikes the upright.
31 The Stormers lose possession when Brock Harris knocks on inside the Cheetahs' 22. Piet van Zyl clears the Cheetahs' line with a clearance kick which goes out close to the halfway mark.
29 Coenie Oosthuizen is penalsied for a scrum infringement. Pietersen kicks for touch and the ball goes out just inside the Cheetahs' 22.
27 The Cheetahs string several phases together inside the Stormers' half but make little headway. Eventually Sias Ebersohn puts in a box kick but Joe Pietersen deals with it easily inside his 22.
24 CONVERSION, STORMERS, GRANT! 16-0. Grant adds the extras to put the hosts further in front.
23 TRY, STORMERS, ETZEBETH! 14-0. Eben Etzebeth crashes over from close range with three defenders on his back to score the first try of the match!
19 Joe Pietersen puts in a long clearance kick which Sias Ebersohn knocks on inside his own 22.
17 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! Grant extends the home side's lead after Heinrich Brussouw is penalised for not releasing a tackled player on the ground.
15 The Stormers are awarded a penalty when Izak van der Westhuizen collapses a maul illegally close to the halfway line. Aplon puts the ball into touch on the edge of the Cheetahs' 22.
13 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 6-0. Grant adds another three points after George Earle plays Andries Bekker in the air at a line-out.
10 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 3-0. Peter Grant gets the first points of this match from the kicking tee, after the Cheetahs infringe at a scrum.
8 The Stormers launch an attack from a line-out inside the Cheetahs' 22. After going on the drive, the ball comes out to the backs and Aplon fails to gather an inside pass from Peter Grant.
5 Siya Kolisi puts in a big hit on WP Nel close to the halfway mark. The big prop loses possession and one of the Stormers kicks the loose ball ahead. Kolisi and Gio Aplon gives chase but referee Steve Walsh rules that Aplon was in front of the kicker and awards a penalty to the visitors. The Cheetahs opt to kick for touch.
3 The Cheetahs are awarded a penalty after Rynardt Elstadt is penalised for a high tackle on Andries Strauss. Sias Ebersohn steps up but his effort hits the Stormers' upright.
Kick-off And we're off! Sias Ebersohn gets us underway with a deep kick which Joe Pietersen gathers. He goes on a run before returning Ebersonhn's kick with one of his own upfield.
Team News Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske has made just one change to his starting XV with Piet van Zyl replacing Tewis de Bruyn at scrum-half.
Team News Captain Jean de Villiers, Gio Aplon and Eben Etzebeth have recovered from their respective injuries and return to the starting line-up. De Villiers' return sees Juan de Jongh shifting one position out to number 13 and stand-in centre Bryan Habana moving back to the wing. Aplon's return sees Juan de Jongh shifting one position out to number 13 and stand-in centre Bryan Habana moving back to the wing. In the forwards, De Kock Steenkamp makes way for Etzebeth in the second row, Deon Fourie replaces Tiaan Liebenberg at hooker and Brok Harris swaps with Frans Malherbe at tighthead prop. London Irish and Canadian loose forward Jebb Sinclair, who joined the Stormers on loan, will provide loose forward cover from the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to Newlands in Cape Town for this South African Super Rugby derby between the home side, the Stormers and the Cheetahs. We'll be back shortly with team news!
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