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Stormers v Waratahs - Live!
full-time Stormers 19 Waratahs 13
80 The Stormers are on the attack inside the Tahs' 22 but are not really interested in crossing the try-line. They opt to pick up and go with their forwards in an effort to run down the clock. However, they lose possession and the visitors soon go on the attack. The Waratahs are soon penalised when they infringe at a ruck. Pietersen puts the ball into touch and the win means the Stormers move to the top of the SA Conference table.
79 There's great relief as Mumm limps off the field in a much better state. He is replaced by Josh Mann-Rea.
79 There's great concern as Dean Mumm stays down after collapsing under a ruck. The referee stops play and immediately calls for the Waratahs medics to have a look at his condition as it appears that he's been knocked out cold after taking a blow to his head.
77 The Stormers go on the drive from a line-out close to the halfway mark but are awarded a penalty when Kepu collapses it illegally. Grant puts the ball into touch just outside the Waratahs' 22.
73 There's some concern amongst the Stormers fans as Sinclair stays down with what appears to be a rib injury. After receiving some medical attention he's good to go and rejoins his team-mates at a line-out.
69 The Waratahs launch a drive from a line-out close to the Stormers' try-line but Jebb Sinclair does brilliantly when he manages to halt their momentum. When the maul becomes static referee Craig Joubert awards the put-in at the scrum to the home side.
66 Berrick Barnes launches a high ball which replacement wing Gerhard van den Heever gathers. He sets up a ruck inside his half which allows the Stormers to consolidate.
62 The Stormers try to attack inside their own 22 but the visitors' defence move up quickly. This forces Pietersen to kick upfield to relieve pressure.
60 The Waratahs do well to attack inside the Stormers' 22 but Sekope Kepu drops a pass from Atieli Pakalani in front of the try-line! to add insult to injury he is penalised for a high tackle on tiaan Liebenberg in his efforts to win the ball back for his side.
58 Dewaldt Duvenhage is caught in possession behind a ruck and the Waratahs do well to rob him with some fine counter-rucking.
55 Gio Aplon is penalised for not releasing tom Kingston after tackling him to the ground. The Waratahs kick for touch and put the ball out just outside the Stormers' 22.
52 Deon Fourie does well when he rips the ball from Rocky Elsom's grasp as the Waratahs captain goes to ground.
50 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 19-13. Peter Grant scores his side's first points of the half after the Tahs are pinned at a ruck.
47 PENALTY, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 16-13. McKibbin makes no mistake from the kicking tee after Gio Aplon infringes at a ruck.
46 The Stormers go on the attack close to the Waratahs' try-line but Alcock does well when he wins a crucial turnover at a ruck.
44 CONVERSION, WARATAHS, MCKIBBIN! 16-10. Brendan McKibbin adds the extras to narrow the gap!
43 TRY, WARATAHS, HORNE! 16-8. Rob Horne makes the perfect start for the visiotrs when he rounds off behind the try-line! Kane Douglas deserves plenty of credit as he set up the try with a fine burst in the build up.
40 Joe Pietersen gets the second half started. His kick is gathered by Chris Alcock, who takes it into contact.
Halftime STORMERS 16 - 3 WARATAHS
40 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 16-3!
40 An amazing 17 phases later sees the Allister Coetzee's side stumble inches short of the try-line and a crossover under the posts, desperate defence from the 'Tahs preventing a try but not a penalty for an infringement at the breakdown.
37 Stormers keep up their barrage that has the 'Tahs back-heeling under the pressure, the Capetonians working the ball through the hands as well utilising their forwards to force the cracks in the visitors defence as they commit a host of tackles.
33 TRY, STORMERS, LIEBENBERG! 13-3! The hooker dives over in the right corner after a neat pass from Etzebeth, the Stormers' relentless blitzes and phase-play on the 'Tahs' line finally bearing fruit.
31 The Stormers pile the pressure on the 'Tahs from an attacking lineout inside the 22, yet after several phases De Jongh fluffs the ball forward trying to make a dart through a half-gap. Lucky for the hosts, they're awarded another penalty and the hosts kick for touch with the momentum in their favour.
28 Habana with his nose to the grindstone as the Bok winger does well to pounce on a lose ball from a poor 'Tahs lineout and the Stormers clear the danger as a frustrated Dean Mumm flings his scrum-cap to the touchline.
26 A resolute Stormers defence pegs the 'Tahs back inside their own half and moving the ball laterally as the Australian outfit battle for ground. The home side's hard work pays off as the force the visitors into handling errors and a scrum for the hosts. Unfortunately, the Stomers' scrum crumbles and they give away a penalty and the ascendency.
23 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 8-3!
22 Late tackle on Habana gives Pietersen the opportunity to take a crack at goal from out on the left.
20 'Tahs suddenly under the cosh as they struggle repel an inspired Stormers outfit on attack, the ball worked down the left flank before Duvenage offloading the ball in the tackle for Eben Etzebeth to make an impressive run down the line for a big man before the lock was brought down close to the line.
17 TRY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 5-3! Great team try from the hosts as the initial inside run off Dewaldt Duvenage by Aplon gets the Stormers ten metres out from the try-line on the right, before the ball is swiftly whipped out wide to the right for Pietersen to round off in the corner.
16 Wouldn't you know it, the Stormers looking dangerous from the counter-attack off the high balls as Juan de Jongh and Habana breaking out and almost catching the visitors napping on defence. The home side then get the opportunity to kick themselves into an attacking lineout with a penalty, Pietersen duly obliging.
14 'Tahs with the lion's share of the possession at the moment and the advantage when going forward, but maybe making mistake by opting for the high kicks on to the Stormers back three who are more than up to the task in plucking the ball from the sky and withstanding the barrages tacklers that swarm upon them.
11 Lovely take from the restart by Bryan Habana gives the Stormers back the ball inside the 'Tahs half, but discipline at the breakdown nullifies their attacking efforts and allows Barnes to relieve the pressure with penalty kick for touch over the halfway line.
10 PENALTY, WARATAHS, FOLEY! 0-3!
8 Adam Ashley-Cooper breaks away down the left side of the field in a counter-attacking move for the 'Tahs, the Wallaby back-line ace then chipping over Gio Aplon and following through to put the pressure on Grant who carries the regather over the whitewash for five-metre scrum to the visitors.
6 The visitors are taking the aerial route and launching several high balls on to Pietersen at the back, but the blond-haired number 15 is up to the task and fares well in the air under pressure. The Stormers, however, make basic handling errors inside their own half and allow the ''Tahs the opportunity build an attacking phase of the scrum just over the halfway line.
4 The pace at this early stages of this clash is electric, as both sides are clearly unaffected the slippery surface underfoot and keen to run the ball up strongly. The host' overeagerness, however, gift the 'Tahs an long-distance shot at goal from Benard Foley, but the full-back's effort falls just short.
Kickoff Berrick Barnes get the first half underway and Andries Bekker takes well to allow the Stormers an early platform to try and attack from, Peter Grant then kicking for touch but falling short and the 'Tahs keep the ball in play by kicking it back onto Joe Petersen.
Team news Stormers head coach Allister Coetzee has made two changes as Canadian international Jebb Sinclair, who is on loan from London Irish, makes his first start at number eight The only other change is in the front-row where Tiaan Liebenberg returns to hooker while Deon Fourie drops down to the replacements bench. Waratahs coach Michael Foley has made several changes as Bernard Foley returns from injury at full-back, scrum-half Brendan McKibbin is preferred over Sarel Pretorius, Sitaleki Timani takes over from Kane Douglas at lock while Dave Dennis packs down at number eight for Wycliff Palu.
Welcome Hello and welcome from Newlands for the penultimate Super Rugby fixture of the weekend. The Waratahs are in Cape Town today and looking to bounce back from a painful narrow defeat to the Bulls. The Stormers meanwhile edged a dour encounter at this same venue against the Cheetahs. Let's hope for a better game today. Team news is coming.
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