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Grant kicks Stormers to win
Highlanders lose unbeaten record in scrappy encounter
Peter Grant kicked all the Stormers' points in an 18-6 Super Rugby victory over the previously unbeaten Highlanders at Newlands.
An ill-tempered, defence-dominated affair was settled by the accuracy of fly-half Grant's boot - in stark contrast to opposite number Robbie Robinson.
Robinson landed just two of five penalty attempts before being hauled off for veteran Tony Brown early in the second half.
The Stormers moved 9-0 up in 18 minutes as Grant punished a succession of infringements from the visitors.
Robinson, having already missed once, put the Highlanders on the board with a 20th-minute penalty.
And they almost reduced their deficit further straightaway, Bryan Habana's intercepted pass leading to Jason Rutledge going over under a pile of bodies - the TMO ruling Jean de Villiers had managed to prevent the grounding.
Robinson hit the post from out wide with another penalty chance on 24 minutes but made no mistake shortly afterwards to bring the Highlanders back to within three at 9-6.
A running battle between Andries Bekker and Jarrad Hoeat had been going on from the opening whistle and boiled over when a scrum broke down in the 35th minute - both locks being sent to cool off in the sin-bin.
Grant kept his 100 per cent success rate from the resulting penalty to send the Stormers into the break 12-6 ahead.
Robinson was off target again shortly after the resumption and soon found himself replaced by Brown as the Highlanders tried to find a way back into the contest.
It was not to be, however, as the Stormers' defence stood firm and further penalties from Grant in the 54th and 70th minutes sandwiched his solitary miss of the night and sealed the South African side's third win in row since their opening-week bye.
For the Highlanders, who claimed the scalp of the defending-champion Bulls last weekend, it was a first loss in four.Super 15. Click here to bet.
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|17:10||Cheetahs vs Blues|
|Saturday 28th February|
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|08:30||Melbourne Rebels vs Brumbies|
|15:00||Bulls vs Sharks|
|17:10||Lions vs Stormers|
|Friday 6th March|
|06:35||Chiefs vs Highlanders|
|08:40||Brumbies vs Western Force|
|Saturday 7th March|
|06:35||Blues vs Lions|
|08:40||Reds vs Waratahs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Bulls|
|17:10||Stormers vs Sharks|
|Friday 13th March|
|06:35||Hurricanes vs Blues|
|11:00||Western Force vs Melbourne Rebels|
|Saturday 14th March|
|03:30||Crusaders vs Lions|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Waratahs|
|08:40||Reds vs Brumbies|
|13:00||Stormers vs Chiefs|
|15:05||Cheetahs vs Sharks|
|Friday 20th March|
|06:35||Highlanders vs Hurricanes|
|08:40||Melbourne Rebels vs Lions|
|Saturday 21st March|
|06:35||Crusaders vs Cheetahs|
|15:05||Bulls vs Western Force|
|17:10||Sharks vs Chiefs|
|Saturday 21st February|
|Sharks 29 - 12 Lions|
|Stormers 27 - 16 Blues|
|Reds 18 - 6 Western Force|
|Highlanders 20 - 26 Crusaders|
|Friday 20th February|
|Bulls 13 - 17 Hurricanes|
|Melbourne Rebels 28 - 38 Waratahs|
|Chiefs 19 - 17 Brumbies|
|Sunday 15th February|
|Waratahs 13 - 25 Western Force|
|Saturday 14th February|
|Bulls 17 - 29 Stormers|
|Sharks 29 - 35 Cheetahs|
|Blues 18 - 23 Chiefs|
|Friday 13th February|
|Lions 8 - 22 Hurricanes|
|Brumbies 47 - 3 Reds|
|Crusaders 10 - 20 Melbourne Rebels|
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