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|16 - 18||
HURRICANES 16 - 18 STORMERS
80 A huge scrum from the Stormes wins possession back! Duvenage makes sure the ball finds touch - that's the ball game. The Stormers win their first game on tour! Thanks for joining us, cheers.
77 The Stormers look to keep it tight and run down the clock but Bekker knocks on in the Hurricanes 22. One last chance for the hosts, they need something special.
75 The Hurricanes are retaining possession but they can't get out of their own half against the best defence in the competition.
72 Just two points in it as we head into the final tean minutes. How important will that Habana conversion charge down be in the end?
70 Oh! So close for the Hurricanes. Proctor just can't get his hands on a long pass wide from Barrett with the try-line begging. Leiua and Matu'u doing some serious damage to set up the opportunity.
68 Aplon is having a storming second half (no pun intended). He steals the ball off the deck with the Hurricanes looking threatening.
66 Pietersen's conversion is wide but he almost sets up another try from Aplon with a perfectly weighted kick into the corner. Aplon, Taylor and Proctor all dive for the ball in-goal but it beats them all by inches and goes out. The Hurricanes breathe again.
64 TRY, STORMERS, APLON! 16-18. Bekker charges up after the scrum, he offloads to Aplon who arrives at full pace. He's too fast to stop!
63 The conversion is wide. The momentum has swung back and forth all game and now the Stormers have a dangerous attacking scrum 15m out after a series of strong drives from the visitors' heavies.
59 TRY, HURRICANES, TAYLOR. 16-13. Great hands from Shields sets up a try for Taylor in the corner. Leiua's initial break got the ball rolling and before a bunch of offloads opened up the Stormers defence.
57 BARRETT MISS. The gap remains at 2 points as the home fly-half sends a penalty across the face of goal. The signs are better for the Hurricanes though as they throw numbers into the breakdown to keep the Stormers off the ball.
54 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 11-13. And the Stormers take the lead! Hard to say they don't deserve it. The hosts need to retain possession better if they hope to win here.
52 Great pressure from the Stormers on defence as they drive the Hurricanes back into their own half before forcing the penalty for not releasing.
50 The Stormers get it back but the possession is wasted as Pietersen sends it out on the full as he tries a chip ahead for Habana to chase.
48 It's been all Stormers since the interval. The Hurricanes haven't been able to get out of their own half. A turnover in midfield finally gives the home side some possession and they pick-and-drive their way to the halfway line.
45 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 11-10. We have a one-point ball game! If the Stormers can get their line-out firing, the Canes could be in trouble.
43 Oh! Massive let off for the Hurricanes. Pietersen chips over the top for Aplon to chase. All the wing has to do is collect it but he fumbles with the try-line begging.
Second half Here we go for the second half! Pietersen kicks us off. A bit more kick tennis and the Stormers have it back! They look to keep it tight just inside the Canes half.
HURRICANES 11 - 7 STORMERS
40 Habana charges down the conversion! When last did you see that?! The Hurricanes hold a slender lead at the break but the Stormers will have a strong wind at their backs in the second period. We'll catch you then.
39 TRY, HURRICANES, PROCTOR. 11-7. Ah, great try! Patient build up play from the Hurricanes is rewarded as Barrett skips one and finds Proctor, who ghosts down the touchline to score!
38 All the momentum is with hosts as the first half draws to a close. Thrush returns in time for a scrum 10m out from the Stormers' line, right in front of the sticks.
36 A huge break from Perenara takes the Hurricanes deep into the Stormers 22. The ball is stuck at ruck for a long time but eventually emerges on the Stormers side. Perenara was just too fast for his supporting team-mates!
33 CONVERSION, PIETERSEN. 6-7. Great conversion from the visitors' full-back. The Hurricanes were lucky not to loose another man to the bin. That Stormers maul looks unstoppable.
31 TRY, STORMERS, RHODES. 6-5. It seemed inevitable. After a series of ferocious mauls, penalties and warnings from Steve Walsh, the Stormers pack crashes over the line.
29 YELLOW CARD, HURRICANES, THRUSH. The hosts go a man down after Thrush is binned for collapsing what seemed like an unstoppable maul.
28 Jean de Villiers and TJ Perenara exchange heated words for the Stormers centre is taken off the ball. The Stormers have an attacking line-out.
24 The trend of turnovers and counter turnovers continues. Neither side can keep hold of the ball for more than a few phases. The Canes are sending plenty of numbers into the breakdown and the Stormers are pinged for not releasing.
21 Whoa! Biffo between Elstadt and Franks! The Canes prop throws the first punch, which doesn't escape the attention on the TMO. Penalty to the Stormers and Pietersen can send play into Canes territory.
20 It's a comedy of errors in Palmerston North. A Hurricanes knock on means van Aswegen can clear.
18 Lots of kicking still. Barrett gets one behind Habana and finds touch 5m out! The Stormers try a long throw over the top but Elstadt arrives too late and drops it. Shocker! The Canes have a 5m scrum.
15 Kitshoff steals it on the deck! Fourie bursts forward, he offloads but finds Thrush! The Canes lock is isolated though and the Stormers win another turnover. Bekker charges forward. The cross field kick goes out to Habana who is clear....but no! He spills it!
13 A trademark Stormers maul forces an error from the Canes, who pull it down. Pietersen sets up the attacking line-out...but it's stolen! The Canes run it out of their 22 and up to halfway!
11 BARRETT MISS! Barrett misses from long range after the Stormers scrum is penalised. That's not a good side for the visitors...if their set piece doesn't work, they'll struggle.
8 Habana and Alapati Leiua clash in the air as the kick tennis continues. The Canes wing gets some medical attention to his ribs. We'll scrum down on the half way line because Habana couldn't take the catch cleanly.
6 PIETERSEN MISS! Joe Pietersen sends his penalty attempt wide after Ben Franks is penalsied at a ruck.
4 PENALTY, HURRICANES, BARRETT. 0-3. Easy does it, first blood to the hosts.
2 More kick tennis. Habana gets a touch on a Barrett kick that goes out so the 'Canes have a line-out on the Stormers 22. Bekker is slow to move away from the ensuing ruck and prevents Perenara from getting his pass away. Penalty!
Kick-off Here we go! Beauden Barrett kicks us off. Habana takes it in and kicks back. Eventually Barrett finds touch but Duvenage takes it quickly.
Team news TJ Perenara and Beauden Barrett return as starting half-backs for the Hurricanes. Barrett is back in the 10 jersey after wearing 15 for the previous two rounds. Andre Taylor subsequently comes in at full-back while Matt Proctor starts on the wing in place of All Black finisher Julian Savea, who has decided to sit out the game due to off-field issues. Up front Victor Vito returns at number eight while Jason Eaton returns at lock.
Team news Springbok wing Bryan Habana returns to the Stormers starting line-up. Damian de Allende drops to the bench and Gio Aplon shifts across to the right wing. Pat Cilliers will start at tighthead prop, in the only change up front.
Welcome Hello and welcome to FMG Stadium in Palmerston North for our coverage of the weekend's opening Super Rugby clash. After finishing top of the table last season, the Stormers find themselves with their backs against the wall down in 11th spot! A win today could rocket them up the standings though. It's a tough task because the Hurricanes are in pretty decent form.
|Sunday 20th April|
|14:00||Northampton vs London Irish|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|Saturday 3rd May|
|15:00||Bath vs Northampton|
|15:00||Wasps vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Exeter vs Harlequins|
|15:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs Worcester|
|15:00||Gloucester vs London Irish|
|Saturday 10th May|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Exeter|
|15:15||Harlequins vs Bath|
|15:15||Leicester vs Saracens|
|15:15||Worcester vs Gloucester|
|15:15||Northampton vs Wasps|
|15:15||London Irish vs Sale|
|Saturday 19th April|
|Wasps 38 - 30 Gloucester|
|Bath 32 - 20 Worcester|
|Exeter 12 - 55 Sale|
|Friday 18th April|
|Harlequins 24 - 20 Leicester|
|Sunday 13th April|
|London Irish 40 - 12 Newcastle|
|Saracens 28 - 24 Northampton|
|Saturday 12th April|
|Gloucester 17 - 18 Bath|
|Worcester 33 - 38 Exeter|
|Leicester 27 - 15 Wasps|
|Friday 11th April|
|Sale Sharks 12 - 27 Harlequins|
|Sunday 30th March|
|Newcastle 12 - 17 Worcester|
|Saturday 29th March|
|Northampton 16 - 22 Leicester|
|Wasps 20 - 32 Saracens|
|Exeter 13 - 14 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 23 - 9 London Irish|
|Friday 28th March|
|Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 23rd March|
|Leicester 45 - 15 Exeter|
|Saturday 22nd March|
|London Irish 23 - 44 Bath|
|Saracens 39 - 17 Harlequins|
|Gloucester 40 - 33 Newcastle|
|Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton|
|Friday 21st March|
|Worcester 11 - 13 Wasps|
|Sunday 2nd March|
|Newcastle 18 - 41 Leicester|
|Saturday 1st March|
|Northampton 39 - 13 Gloucester|
|Exeter 18 - 0 London Irish|
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