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Stormers v Force -Live
80 STORMERS 24-8 FORCE
80 Penalty at the breakdown for the Force and they kick long for touch. Last play of the game. Hooter sounds as the Force win a free kick. Tapped, into the 22. Penalty though for holding on for the Stormers, who will boot this into touch to seal the win through Coleman. An underwhelming but important win for the Stormers whose season is slowly recovering.
79 Force penalised for a deliberate knock-on, giving the Stormers a final shot at the fourth try. Lineout on halfway.
78 Scrum penalty against the Force, Coleman booting the ball into touch.
77 Super offload again from Tuatara-Morrison but Hayward knocks the ball on going over the line! Great saving tackle from the Stormers there, who have the scrum under their posts.
75 Cummins somehow stopped short after a brilliant offload by Tuatara-Morrison in the build-up. The Wallaby is held up over the line, so we'll have a five-metre scrum.
73 Pacey attack from the Force and Hayward's grubber forces Coleman to boot the ball into touch, handing the Force a five-metre lineout.
71 TRY, FORCE, HODGSON! 24-8: At last, some respite for the Force who bundle their way over through their captain. Ebersohn misses the conversion.
70 YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, TAUTE! Force's attack is unrelenting here but the Stormers keeping holding them out. It's another yellow! Taute this time the man to go and the Stormers are down to 13!
69 YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, KOLBE! Plenty of phases for the Force but no breakthrough yet. Kolbe down on the field for treatment and he's also been yellow carded for killing the ball.
67 Cummins with a dart, after a quiet game for the visitors. Penalty Force, inside the 22. Ebersohn goes into the corner.
65 TMO going back to check a forward pass, so the Stormers have a scrum five out from their own line. They clear.
63 Penalty for the Force who kick into the corner. Short lineout from Tessmann, inches from the line. Another penalty, Charles taps and goes. Slow going for the attacking side but Ebersohn goes exceedingly close! Scrum five to the Force.
61 That shot from Grant fades down the right. Struggling to see why the Stormers didn't opt for the corner. We play on.
59 Rumbling maul from the Stormers makes it's way over the 22 and that's another penalty. Force must be close to another card. Grant goes for goal.
57 Force attacking from a scrum and break the halfway line. Off their feet at the ruck though so it's a Stormers penalty. Grant finds the touchline.
55 Overthrown lineout from Fourie brings the Stormers lineout to an end and the Force clear. Second try for Fourie is more successful. Promising for the Stormers but it comes to nothing after a turnover. Kick from Ebersohn finds touch 40 metres from his line.
53 Penalty Stormers outside the Force 22. Breakdown defence has been excellent all game from the home side. Grant nudges the ball into the corner.
51 Turnover ball for the Stormers and Van Wyk pins a kick to the Force 22.
49 Battle for territory is won by the Stormers, who have a lineout inside the Force half. Bonus point has to be on their minds now with so long left. Penalty though to the Force, de Jongh pinged for holding on.
47 TRY, STORMERS, BOTHA! 24-3: No try, but a five-metre scrum for the Stormers. Vermeulen and Carr carrying the ball up well. That's a try! A first in Super Rugby for Botha who powers over with help from Cilliers. Stormers now have this game won. Grant converts.
46 Kicked long by de Jongh and it comes back the way of the Stormers deep in Force territory. Kolisi up to five metres out, Grant dummying. Is Fourie over? Upstairs to the TMO we go.
44 Force slowly building but Cowan bumbles an easy pass in a moment of poor concentration. Stormers scrum.
42 Grant finds touch inside his own half. Force must strike soon. Carried up by McCalman, penalty to the visitors. Ebersohn goes to the corner.
40 Both sides are back out for the second half as Ebersohn gets us back underway.
40 STORMERS 17-3 FORCE
40 Force win the restart to have one last crack at the defence before the break. Turned over and Taute punts the ball into touch - that's the interval. Stormers dominating every aspect, especially at the breakdown, but should probably be ahead by more given their possession and territory. Second half coming up.
39 PENALTY TRY, STORMERS! 17-3: Excellent drive from the Stormers with Vermeulen dribbling at the base. Force try and splinter it from the side and that's a penalty try! No hesitation from Chris Pollock there to award that one. Grant converts for a big lead at the break.
38 Ball disrupted as Kolbe goes so close with a sparkling run to the line. Out to de Allende who is held up just short, so it's a scrum to the Stormers.
37 YELLOW CARD, FORCE, COLEMAN! Great position for the Stormers here with a lineout in the 22. Their maul gets going for what could be a huge score before half-time. Penalty; Grant nudges it into the corner, after a yellow card for Coleman!
35 Vermeulen gets right over the ball at the breakdown to win a penalty for his team. Grant eases the pressure.
33 Stormers soak up the pressure from the Force's attack inside their half and eventually clear through Taute. Promising lineout position for the Force though outside the 22. It's not straight... scrum to the Stormers.
31 Rolling maul from the Stormers this time only ends in a scrum to the Force on halfway. Bit of a low period this in the middle of the first half.
29 Prior in trouble from the back of the lineout but find space to scamper away. Slow progress for the Force who are yet to hit their straps, Ebersohn kicking long.
27 Catch and drive this time from the Stormers this time wins a penalty for the hosts. They go to touch and set again but the attack is stopped at the breakdown as the Force kick clear. Kolbe counter-attacking menacingly as Carr carries it on. Lost forward by Taute, Ebersohn clears.
25 Vermaak on for Harris as the Force try to catch and drive, but the counter-drive is excellent from the Force. Penalty to the home side and Grant clears, but only just outside the 22.
24 Both teams battling for territory and it ends with a charge from Vermeulen. Charles turns the ball over and the Force attack, Ebersohn chipping long. Van Wyk fields the ball and runs it into touch for a five-metre Force lineout.
22 PENALTY, FORCE, EBERSOHN! 10-3: Straight from the restart the Force have a chance to get back into the contest as Harris is penalised for side entry. Easy for Ebersohn and the Force are on the board.
20 TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH! 10-0: There's the breakthrough! Wide pass to de Allende and he and Kolbe combine to give de Jongh a simple run in. Grant converts from out wide. 88 percent possession and 94 percent territory so far for the home side.
19 McCalman in retrospect is penalised for that late charge, so Grant kicks the Stormers back into the Force's half. Lineout on the 22 - Carr and Vermeulen combine. Strong attack again as the Stormers edge closer to the line...
18 Grant gets the clearance away from the restart but takes a shot from McCalman for his troubles. Down for a bit of treatment before the Force resume with a lineout in their opponent's half.
17 PENALTY, STORMERS, GRANT! 3-0: No problem for Grant and the Stormers have a deserved lead.
16 Stormers win a penalty right in front of the posts inside the 22 after the Force go off their feet, Wykes the culprit. Simple chance for Grant.
14 High kick from Grant pins the Force back again into their 22 as the ball goes off Hayward. Stormers absolutely dominating possession and territory, yet we sit at 0-0!
12 Taute with a burst down the right touchline as the Stormers attack once more. De Jongh and Van Wyk combining as Grant twists but falls short of the line. Yet another goalline penalty won by the Force! Incredible defensive effort so far.
10 No try after consultation up stairs with the Stormers pinged for double movement, so the Force clear.
9 Thundering drive from Vermeulen and the Springbok is somehow stopped short. Grant goes close again as the Stormers throw everything at the Force, but with no reward! Play stopped as we go to the TMO...
7 Catch and drive from the Stormers as their forwards pick and go. Carr goes inches close as the Force hold out for now. Taute hit hard near the posts as we reach ten phases. Can the Stormers capitalise? Not this time, as the Force defend brilliantly to force a scrum.
5 Sustained pressure from the Stormers as they break the 22. Penalty at the breakdown on the line to the left. Grant goes into the corner.
3 Grant misses the attempt and the Force run the ball out. Knocked on by the Stormers in the tackle, so a scrum to the visitors.
2 Handling error from BRache trying to field a kick puts the Force under pressure and they concede a penalty. Grant is taking a shot.
0 Centurion Peter Grant gets us underway!
0 Blue skies and sunshine on warm day in Cape Town means both teams will have no excuses but to run the ball.
0 Perth-born inside centre Luke Burton will make his Super Rugby debut for the Force. Burton replaces Kyle Godwin, who has been ruled out with a knee injury, and will form a new centre pairing with Chris Tuatara-Morrison, who has been promoted to the starting line-up. Former Stormers outside back Marcel Brache shifts from outside centre to the wing in place of Dane Haylett-Petty, who will miss the match due to a groin injury. The Force have named an unchanged forward pack
0 Peter Grant will start at fly-half, in what will be his 100th match for the Stormers. Grant moves from inside centre to the number 10 shirt in one of five changes. Damian de Allende moves from the right-wing to inside centre. Lock Michael Rhodes and right wing Kobus van Wyk return from injury, whilst Deon Fourie will start at hooker in place of the injured Scarra Ntubeni.
0 Hello and welcome to sunny Newlands in Cape Town where the Stormers await the in-form Western Force. The Australian tourists arrive bubbling with confidence after last week's win over the Cheetahs so it should be a cracking game....don't stray too far away!
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