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- 3rd May 2013
- KO 08:35
- Ground: Eden Park, Auckland
Blues v Stormers - Live
Full time BLUES 18-17 STORMERS
84 The Stormers rumble up to within drop goal range. Jantjies is in the pocket...he fluffs the kick totally. The Blues win!!! What a finish. Thanks for joining us, cheers.
80 Peter Saili spills it at the back of the scrum. The Stormers have a feed 50m out...it's not over yet!
79 Habana makes ground down the left touchline. It comes through the hands in centre field...de Allende drops it. Scrum to the Blues in centre field.
78 CONVERSION, PIETERSEN. 18-17. This one is going down to the wire!
76 TRY, STORMERS, DE VILLIERS. 18-15. Brilliant try from the skipper! He beats Francis Saili to break clear then has the gas to get away from Frank Halai to score a fantastic solo try. Game on!
74 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 18-10. Nizaam Carr is penalised for hands in the ruck. Noakes adds his sixth penalty to extend the lead beyond seven points.
71 The Stormers scrum is penalised. Noakes lines up his sixth shot at goal but he MISSES! The gap remains 5 as we enter the final 10 minutes.
69 More handbags. Vermeulen and Francis Saili square off. Weepu gets involved. The refs calms it down and has another chat with the captains. The next offender is going to the bin.
67 CONVERSION, PIETERSEN. 15-10. A crucial kick by the full-back brings the Stormers within striking distance.
65 TRY, STORMERS, DE VILLIERS. 15-8. At last the Stormers break through. De Jongh breaks, JDV is up in support and is strong enough to muscle past a handful of defenders to stretch an arm out and score!
63 Noakes clears. The Stormers look to attack through their backs off the next set piece but Duvenage throws one forward. The Stormers really have been their own worst enemies tonight.
59 Penalty to the Stormers for not releasing. Pietersen finds touch. Bekker takes it and the Stormers maul. Another penalty, another line-out, another maul but this time it's deep in the Blues 22. But Ali Williams comes through middle and pulls Elstadt down. He holds on. Penalty Blues!
57 All the pressure is coming from the home side, who are camped on the Stormers 22m line. The visitors defence holds up though.
55 The replay shows Ta'avao dropping the ball in the act of diving for the line. 5m scrum to the Stormers. Pietersen finds touch just outside his 22.
54 Noakes sets up the line-out. It's thrown short to Angus Ta'avao, who bolts to the line. Has he scored? The TMO will decide.
53 Momentum is with the Blues now. A loose ball is hacked ahead and Habana has to sprint back to dive on it over his own tryline.
51 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 15-3. The Stormers are doing a very good job of beating themselves.
50 Kitshoff is penalised at the scrum. The Blues win the line-out after the penalty and build in centre field. Frans Malherbe is pinged to killing it on the deck. Noakes lines up another.
48 Luatua gets up and will carry on. Vermeulen spills an easy pass with the Stormers looking to move the ball on the halfway line. The Stormers' errors are costly them dearly today.
46 Another penalty against the Stormers for a high tackle. This time it's Etzebeth on Ranger. Noakes finds touch near halfway. Luatua goes on the charge but takes a knock to the ribs and stays down!
44 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 12-3. Four from four for the Blues kicker so far today.
42 The Blues will have the first chance at points after Bekker is blown up for a high tackle on Francis Saili.
Second half Here we go for the second half. Eben Etzebeth makes his first appearance of the season, on for De Kock Steenkamp who appears to have a rib injury.
Half Time BLUES 9-3 STORMERS
40 Another turnover and Pietersen hacks it into touch! The Blues have a six-point lead at the break despite the Stormers dominating the possession and territory stats.
39 The Stormers try to break out of their half with a counter attack led by Habana...who is tackled high. The ref hasn't seen it though. Turnover!
37 Typical Blues, striking while the iron is hot. A clever kick ahead has the Stormers turning and back tracking. De Villiers makes a crucial tackle on Piutau that prevents a sure try for the hosts, who are looking to land a blow just before the interval.
35 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 9-3. The gap is back to six points, which is by no means a reflection of the game so far!
33 Would you believe it? After all the possession and scoring opportunities for the Stormers the Blues have a penalty (JDV not releasing). It all comes from Pietersen not finding touch...again.
30 Pietersen MISSES!!! That's a huge let off for the hosts. The Stormers full-back isn't having a great game.
29 Weepu clears. Bekker gathers the next line-out and here we go again as JDV makes good ground. Another penalty at the ruck! How long before we see a card against the Blues? Pietersen lines it up from 40m
27 The Stormers rolled the dice going for the try instead of the points. It doesn't pay off as the initial drive is stopped. Then they go wide and the ball is stuck at a ruck...scrum to the Blues.
25 The Blues have hardly touched the ball in the last ten minutes. The Stormers are camped in the home half, based on their dominant line-out. Mealamu is OFF!!! The Stormers go for a line-out from a penalty...look out at for that infamous Stormers maul!
23 PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN. 6-3. The TMO says Bekker was short and needed a second movement to get over the line. The ref comes back for an easy penalty for the full-back.
21 Joe Pietersen and Gio Aplon break clear! Aplon just has to offload and it's a sure try but he hangs on too long! There might still be a try on here as it comes wide left. Bekker has Habana on his outside but goes it alone. He thinks he's scored but the TMO will decide...
19 Whoa! Rynhardt Elstadt and Piri Weepu swing a few handbags. The ref has a word with the captains, there's nothing in it though.
17 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 6-0. Easy does it for the home pivot, who doubles the lead.
15 The Blues scrum is under a bit of pressure. Dewaldt Duvenage is a bit overenthusiastic and jumps the gun trying to get the ball out the back of the Blues scrum...penalty!
13 Jean de Villiers spots a gap and pins his ears back. The Blues are in trouble until Piutau intercepts JDV's offload inside. The Blues break out on a counter attack to take play back to the Stormers half.
11 The Blues are under a bit of pressure on their own line-out but they manage to get possession after a bit of a mess at the throw 15m from their own line. Noakes finds touch. Bekker wins the next line-out and here comes that big Stormers drive.
9 PENALTY, BLUES, NOAKES. 3-0. Bekker gathers the line-out no problem but a few phases later the Stormers are offside. Noakes opens his account with a relatively easy effort.
7 Pietersen fails to find touch from a penalty on the centre spot. That's a bad mistake. There's lots of kicking with neither team willing to run the greasy ball in their own half. Piutau finally finds touch in to corner. Good kick!
4 A bit of kick tennis before Habana tries a little chip and chase on the counter. It goes horribly wrong as the ball is pinched by Ranger in the air and the Blues break loose. The cavalry arrives to shut them down though, a let off for Habana.
2 Solid enough first scrum. Weepu clears into Stormers territory. The chase from the Blues backs is very good and the Blues can pressure the Stormers just inside the Stormers half.
Kick off Here we go! The Stormers kick us off and the visitors' pack gather the high ball! Great start from the Stormers who immediately go on the attack. Joe Pietersen is held up on the Blues' 22 so the hosts will feed the first scrum.
Game Time The players are out on the park. Let's get ready to rumble!
Team news The Blues have named hooker Keven Mealamu in their starting side while Rene Ranger moves back to left wing. Mealamu comes in for James Parsons who hurt his neck against the Reds last weekend. Francis Saili is elevated from the bench to slot in at centre as Ranger moves out wide. All Blacks lock Anthony Boric has recovered from a neck injury so he returns to the bench, while Lolagi Visinia, who was named in the New Zealand U20 squad last week, is poised to earn his first Super Rugby cap as back cover.
Team news Stormers coach Allister Coetzee has made three changes to the starting line-up that did duty against the Hurricanes last week, whilst fit-again Springboks Eben Etzebeth and Elton Jantjies will be re-introduced via the bench. Frans Malherbe will start at tighthead prop, with Rynhardt Elstadt shifting from number six to seven (in the absence of Michael Rhodes). Siya Kolisi, a late withdrawal from the team last week, comes back into the starting line-up. Prop Brok Harris and scrum-half Nic Groom drop out of the matchday squad altogether this week, with Pat Cilliers reverting to the bench.
Welcome Hello and welcome to the North Harbour Stadium in Albany for this Super Rugby hit out between the Blues, who are our hosts, and the Stormers. The Blues are keen to return to the victory trail after suffering a narrow 12-11 loss to the Reds in Brisbane last weekend while the Stormers are on a high after claiming a 18-16 win over the Hurricanes in Palmerston North in their last match. Don't go away! We'll return shortly with team news.
Updates to appear here at 19:20 local (08:20 BST, 07:20 GMT)
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