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As it happened: Highlanders 39-21 Stormers

2015-03-28 10:30
Last Updated at 20:14
28 Mar 10:39
Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith kicks from the base... (Getty Images)
28 Mar 10:30

Thanks for tuning in!

It's back to the drawing board for the Stormers, who were simply outclassed today by a more skillful team.

In next weekend's action, the Stormers face the unbeaten Hurricanes in Wellington, while the Highlanders have a bye.

Be sure to follow our live updates on the two games later this evening. The Sharks host the Force in Durban (17:05), while the Bulls duel with the Crusaders in Pretoria (19:10)!

28 Mar 10:22

FULL-TIME: Highlanders 39-21

They record their first victory over the Stormers since 2007!

28 Mar 10:21

80'- Banks slots the PENALTY to end the game.

28 Mar 10:20
79'- Stormers penalised for going off-side just outside their own 22m area. Banks will line up a kick at goal to wind down the clock...
28 Mar 10:17
76'- The Stormers will now be hunting a four try bonus point as consolation.
28 Mar 10:17

76'- Coleman slots the CONVERSION from far out.

Highlanders 36-21 Stormers

28 Mar 10:16
75'- Juan de Jongh scores in the corner after a scintillating break from Kolbe!
28 Mar 10:15
75'- TRY to the Stormers!
28 Mar 10:14
73' - Stormers subs: De Allende and Groom off, replaced by Jones and Schreuder.
28 Mar 10:14

73' - Replacement flyhalf Marty Banks misses the conversion.

Highlanders 36-14 Stormers

28 Mar 10:13

71'- Replacement loose forward Dan Pryor scores in the corner for the Highlanders who won a turnover just outside the red zone.

The turnover came after a shocking pass from Stormers scrumhalf Nic Groom...

28 Mar 10:12
71'- TRY to the Highlanders!
28 Mar 10:10

69'- After a concerted period of attack inside the Stormers 22, the Highlanders knock it on to bring some relief for the Cape side...

Fekitoa the man who made the error there...

28 Mar 10:07

66'- 15 AGAINST 15

Aaron Smith has now returned from his time in the sin-bin.

28 Mar 10:05
64'- Stormers subs: Kebble and Mbonambi on, Kitshoff and Ntubeni off.
28 Mar 10:04

62'- Great attack from the Stormers who run it from deep inside their own 22m area. A great offload from Burger to Kolisi, who sprints down-field, before off-loading to Groom, who scuppers the move when he fails to off-load at the right time.

A try was on. All he had to do was draw the man and pass...

28 Mar 10:01

62'- CONVERSION slotted by Coleman.

Highlanders 31-14 Stormers

28 Mar 10:01
60'- Michael Rhodes barges over after a concerted period of attack by the Stormers.
28 Mar 10:00
60'- TRY to the Stormers!
28 Mar 09:57
57' - Stormers sub: Rhodes on for Carr.
28 Mar 09:56

57'- NO TRY.

The TMO cannot see a grounding, but the referee goes back for a penalty to the Stormers. So they'll try again.

28 Mar 09:55


The Stormers are over after a driving maul, but the TMO is called into action.

28 Mar 09:54


Highlanders scrumhalf Aaron Smith is sent to the sin-bin for giving away a silly penalty in the red zone. The Stormers had numbers out wide, and he just spoiled it...

28 Mar 09:53
55'- Finally some enterprise from the Stormers as they run it from their own 22 and into the red zone...
28 Mar 09:51
53'- After a concerted period of attack, the Stormers go backwards. Showing no impetus on attack...
28 Mar 09:49
51'- Stormers subs: Coleman, Etzebeth and Malherbe all on.
28 Mar 09:48
51'- But a brave Kolbe gets up. He received a boot in the ankle, just accidental though...
28 Mar 09:47
51'- Kolbe is down for the Stormers with what looks like an ankle injury.
28 Mar 09:46
50'- The strength of Osborne emphasised when he just barged straight through Schalk Burger to dot down for the Highlanders' bonus-point try.
28 Mar 09:45

48'- Sopoaga slots the easy CONVERSION.

Highlanders 31-7 Stormers

28 Mar 09:44
47'- Left wing Patrick Osborne barges over after a concerted period of attack.
28 Mar 09:43
47' - TRY to the Highlanders!
28 Mar 09:41
46' - A Highlanders penalty right in front of the posts, but Smith takes a quick tap. They want tries!
28 Mar 09:40
45' - Highlanders back on the attack inside the Stormers 22m area...
28 Mar 09:37

42'- The Stormers lose possession out wide when Fekitoa puts a big hit in on Kolbe, who knocks it on.

Kolbe having a torrid night...

28 Mar 09:36
Highlanders coach Tony Brown, in his half-time speech, said: "I don't think the Stormers have great shape on their attack. We're trying to keep things as unstructured as possible."
28 Mar 09:34

Welcome back for the second half!

Catrakilis starts play...

28 Mar 09:23
HALF-TIME: Highlanders 24-7 Stormers
  • 80'

    The Highlanders end a six match win drought against the Cape Town based franchise.

  • 79'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, BANKS! 39-21: Its the final act of the game.

  • 78'

    But the Highlanders have other ideas, as they pummel the Stormers in the mid-field. They run it up to the 22m and earn a penalty. Banks points to the poles.

  • 75'

    CONVERSION, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 31-21: The number 10 adds the two points, but its too little too late from the Stormers. Just the bonus point to play for now.

  • 74'

    TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH! 36-19: Its Kolbe with the break and the Stormers flood in support, with de Jongh grabbing his second try of the evening after some great inter-play.

  • 72'

    Replacement fly-half Marty Banks cant add the extras.

  • 71'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, PRYOR! 36-14: The ball spills and the Highlanders pounce, sending it wide and Pryor takes the gap with ease and powers over the line.

  • 68'

    Emery lands a pinpoint chip over the top putting the Stormers under massive pressure, leading to a defensive 5m scrum. A great carry from de Allende buys Coleman some time and space to clear. It lands in touch. No quick lineout this time.

  • 63'

    The Stormers butcher a great chance as they crashed through in the middle of the field but Groom held on too long and play goes to ground. de Jongh was screaming for the ball on his outside.

  • 61'

    CONVERSION, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 31-14: Good kick from the replacement fly-half.

  • 60'

    TRY, STORMERS, RHODES! 31-12: The visitors keep it close to the forwards and the big man crashes over the line for a well deserved five pointer.

  • 59'

    They get another penalty when Sopoaga puts his ands on the ball right under his own posts. They scrum down again.

  • 58'

    The Stormers have an attacking scrum and the seem to push it over the line, but there are a lot of bodies there. Neither official can see the grounding and they go back for a scrum penalty. Its now or never for the visitors.

  • 57'

    YELLOW CARD, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! The scrum-half smothered the ball, preventing the Stormers from almost a certain try.

  • 55'

    The Stormers enjoy a few minutes of possession but they have just been tackled backwards, moving from the Highlanders 22m back into their own half. Crucially, they spill it. That is so disheartening for the visitors.

  • 51'

    Kolbe has made many brave tackles tonight but he looks to have made his last. The full-back is brought down from a crazy football-like tackle from Naholo as both players tried to kick the loose ball. Naholo''s studs landed squarely on Kolbe''s shin. He looks like he will soldier on.

  • 49'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 31-7: That''s five from five for the fly-half.

  • 48'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, OSBORNE! 29-7: It was almost inevitable that close to the line. The winger goes low and smashes through two defenders for the score.

  • 47'

    Great ball retention here from the home side. They have gone through over 12 phases and they are now camped in the Stormers 22m. Smith fires the ball into the referee and they scrum down about 10m from the Stormers line. Another score here would surely seal it for the home side.

  • 43'

    The Stormers try to run it out from their own half but knock it on. They scrum down on the halfway line, 10m in from the far side touchline.

  • 41'

    Catrakilis gets the second half underway, kicking from left to right. He goes short and high, but the Highlanders secure possession.

  • 40'

    The Stormers look shellshocked as they head to the change rooms, but they have quite simply been outplayed in these last 10 minutes. The Highlanders have done well to take advantage of loose defence through quick counter-attacks.

  • 40'


  • 39'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAHOLO! 22-7: The ball pops out on the Highanders side and Smith recognises some space for chip, which bounces fortuitously for the Naholo who only had Kolbe in front of him, who he simply bashed out of the way before falling over the try line. What a try. I am surprised Kolbe got up after that, he travelled quite far.

  • 39'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 24-7: What a kick from the near side touchline! The radar is certainly working today for the number 10.

  • 38'

    Catrakilis clears to he halfway line from behind his own try line, but the Highlanders take it quickly and its that man Naholo with the half break, but a smashing tackle leads to a knock-on.

  • 37'

    The Highlanders are rampant on attack as they run it up to the Stormers line, but Smith knocks it on by accident and his own player picks it up. Accidental offside is the call and the Stormers have a defensive scrum on their line.

  • 34'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 17-7: Easy as you like.

  • 33'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAHOLO! 15-7: The winger poaches in the lane on defence and get an easy intercept on the halfway line and streaks in for an easy score under the poles. Poor pass by de Jongh there.

  • 31'

    PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA, 10-7. The pivot sneaks this one through. Great kick.

  • 29'

    There is some gaining grounds as the fullbacks search for territory until the ball end up out on the Stormers 10m line. The home side secure possession and run it up. de Allende is pinged for not supporting his body weight and Sopoaga line up the three pointer from about 40m out on the angle.

  • 27'

    The Stormers are camped in the Highlanders half until Treeby hammers Catrakilis in a great tackle. From there they were always going backwards and the Higlanders earned the turnover.

  • 24'

    CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, SOPOAGA! 7-7: The fly-half chips this one over.

  • 23'

    TRY, HIGHLANDERS, SMITH! 5-7: What a sneaky five pointer! The highlanders ran it up to the line and the scrum-half was looking for a gap around the fringes, noticed the pole and slammed in against the protection at the base of the upright. The Stormers look on in disbelief. Their tackler was waiting for Smith next to the post.

  • 21'

    A crucial knock-on from the kick off hands the ball o the Highlanders who nearly get over the line but a desperate tackle dislodges the ball from the attacker. They go back for he original scrum.

  • 20'

    CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 0-7: The number 10 makes no mistakes.

  • 19'

    TRY, STORMERS, DE JONGH! 0-5: There is some great penetration in the midfield from the Stormers, before taking it wide and its Burger that gets a streaky offload to the centre who juggles it before selling a little dummy and trotting over the line.

  • 17'

    Indeed there is a slight knock on and they pack down for a scrum on the Stormers 22m line. Again there is a scrum penalty and Catrakilis finds a good touch just over the halfway line. Possession is secured and the visitors take it through the phases.

  • 15'

    What a passage of play. The Stormers got the turn and ran it up back into the 22m but lose it and the Highlanders counter and get over the line after a couple of streaky passes. But there could be a knock on, so referee Hoffman calls the TMO for help.

  • 13'

    You guessed it, another penalty. Sopoaga relieves some pressure.

  • 12'

    After some resets, a penalty is awarded to the Stormers. They put it out on the 22m, but Ntubeni cant throw it in straight.

  • 11'

    The Stormers get the lineout drive going and take it through the phases, but they infringe at ruck time in the middle of the park. Sopoaga take it quickly and makes valuable metres, all the way the to the Stormers 10m line before a knock-on sets up another Stormers scrum.

  • 9'

    The home side enjoy some possession as they try to counter from within their own half. They make some smart offloads before Sopoaga looks for the kick-pass, but the ball wins the race to the near side touchline. It's a Stormers line out on the halfway line.

  • 7'

    The ball goes through the hands and centre de Allende tries to do a sneaky offload, which is knocked on by the supporting player. Scrum time.

  • 5'

    The Stormers are enjoying the lions share of the possession and territory in the early exchanges. A Highlanders knock-on from a failed intercept leads to the second scrum on the Highlanders 10m line in the middle of the park.

  • 3'

    The first scrum of the game leads to free kick for the visitors, who take it up through centurion Burger.

  • 1'

    Lima Sopoaga kicks from right to left and the Stormers secure possession. They run it up to the half way, but Catrakilis' kick is out on the full.

  • 0'

    Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash from Dunedin where the Highlanders take on the visiting Stormers.

  • 0'

    James Lentjes will make his Super Rugby debut as an openside flank with Elliot Dixon moving to blindside. Ash Dixon replaces Liam Coltman at hooker.

  • 0'

    For the Stormers, captain Duane Vermeulen is rested as per the agreement with the SA Rugby Union. Schalk Burger comes into the starting XV on the flank with Nizaam Carr moving to No 8. Burger will be starting his 100th match for the franchise. Demetri Catrakilis and Nic Groom return to the starting XV replacing Kurt Coleman and Louis Schreuder.

  • 0'

    The Highlanders and the Stormers have played each other on 17 occasions, with each team winning 8 matches and 1 match drawn.

  • 0'

    The visitors will fancy their chances against a strong Highlanders side, as they have beaten them in all of their last six meetings.

  • 0'

    Burger takes the field first as he celebrates has 100th Superugby cap. He gets decent applause from the crowd.

  • 0'


Jump to

Highlanders Stormers
  • 5 Tries 3
    • 22' Aaron Smith
    • 33' Waisake Naholo
    • 39' Waisake Naholo
    • 47' Patrick Osborne
    • 71' Dan Pryor
    • 18' Juan De Jongh
    • 60' Michael Rhodes
    • 74' Juan De Jongh
  • 4 Conversions 3
    • 23' Lima Sopoaga
    • 34' Lima Sopoaga
    • 40' Lima Sopoaga
    • 49' Lima Sopoaga
    • 19' Demetri Catrakilis
    • 61' Kurt Coleman
    • 75' Kurt Coleman
  • 2 Penalties 0
    • 31' Lima Sopoaga
    • 79' Marty Banks
  • 0 Drop Goals 0
  • 1 Yellow Cards 0
    • 56' Aaron Smith
  • 0 Red Cards 0
Team Line-ups
  • Brendon Edmonds
  • Ash Dixon
  • Josh Hohneck
  • Thomas Franklin
  • Joseph Wheeler
  • Elliot Dixon
  • James Lentjes
  • Nasi Manu
  • Aaron Smith
  • Lima Sopoaga
  • Patrick Osborne
  • Shaun Treeby
  • Malakai Fekitoa
  • Waisake Naholo
  • Ben Smith
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 8
  • 9
  • 10
  • 11
  • 12
  • 13
  • 14
  • 15
  • Steven Kitshoff
  • Siyabonga Ntubeni
  • Vincent Koch
  • Jean Kleyn
  • Manuel Carizza
  • Siya Kolisi
  • Schalk Burger
  • Nizaam Carr
  • Nick Groom
  • Demetri Catrakilis
  • Dillyn Leyds
  • Damian de Allende
  • Juan De Jongh
  • Jacobus Van Wyk
  • Cheslin Kolbe
  • Liam Coltman
  • Dan Lienert-Brown
  • Pingi Talaapitaga
  • Mark Reddish
  • Dan Pryor
  • Fumiaki Tanaka
  • Marty Banks
  • Jason Emery
  • 16
  • 17
  • 18
  • 19
  • 20
  • 21
  • 22
  • 23
  • Mbongeni Mbonami
  • Oliver Kebble
  • Frans Malherbe
  • Eben Etzebeth
  • Michael Rhodes
  • Louis Schreuder
  • Kurt Coleman
  • Huw Jones

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