Vodacom Super 14

Pietersen stars for Stormers

2010-02-13 19:45
Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie of Stormers celebrate a try. (Gallo)
Johannesburg -  Fullback and man-of-the-match Joe Pietersen scored 21 points as the Stormers kicked off their Super 14 campaign with a 26-13 away win over the Lions in an all-South African tussle on Saturday.

The Stormers, 10th last year but bolstered by Springboks Bryan Habana and Jaque Fourie during the off-season, did enough in the first half against an inexperienced Lions side to secure the victory but were unable to score a single point after the break.

Pietersen scored a try and kicked two conversions and four penalties while opposite number Earl Rose kicked two penalties and a conversion for the home side.

In the opening 30 minutes Pietersen and Rose traded penalties for a 12-6 Stormers lead before the visitors seized the initiative with two quick tries just before the break.

Much of the first period was a stop-start affair but the Stormers' territorial pressure eventually told after 35 minutes when winger Habana broke through in midfield before passing to an unmarked Pietersen to dot down in the left-hand corner.

Centre Fourie, a veteran of 54 Tests, burst through for a second try two minutes later to open up a 20-point halftime lead.

The Lions made a number of substitutions at the break and the new combinations not only kept the Stormers scoreless but cut the deficit to 13 points when replacement back Michael Killian scored under the posts on the hour mark for Rose to convert.

Despite pushing hard for the try that would have brought them to within range of the Stormers, Killian's score proved to be the only points of the half for either side as Pietersen missed two kicks in the final 10 minutes that would have sealed a more emphatic victory.


What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

If Super14 champs, the Bulls, had to take on Heineken Cup champs, Toulouse, at a neutral venue, which side would win?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.