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MAN OF THE MATCH
Damian de Allende was an easy choice for the best player award! (Gallo Images)
Metres run: Stormers 381-186 Cheetahs
Carries: Stormers 85-81 Cheetahs
Defenders beaten: Stormers 12-7 Cheetahs
Clean breaks: Stormers 9-0 Cheetahs
Tackles made: Stormers 92-75 Cheetahs
Missed tackles: Stormers 7-12 Cheetahs
Turnovers won: Stormers 6-9 Cheetahs
Kicks in play: Stormers 38-33 Cheetahs
Rucks won: Stormers 56-61 Cheetahs
Rucks lost: Stormers 3-5 Cheetahs
Mauls won: Stormers 11-4 Cheetahs
Lineouts won: Stormers 14-13 Cheetahs
Lineouts lost: Stormers 2-2 Cheetahs
Scrums won: Stormers 6-6 Cheetahs
Scrums lost: Stormers 0-1 Cheetahs
Penalties conceded: Stormers 13-14 Cheetahs
Schalk Burger, who left the field at half-time with a neck injury, has confirmed that he has a neck spasm but will join the Bok squad in Durban on Sunday.
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In next week's action the Stormers face the Sharks in Durban, while the Cheetahs have a bye.
With the win, the Stormers have moved up to 11th spot on the overall Super Rugby log and third in the SA conference, while the Cheetahs have slipped to 13th overall and fourth in the SA conference.
FULL-TIME: Stormers 33-0 Cheetahs
The Stormers' best performance of the year. The Cheetahs were completely outgunned in all departments!
There's also only one man of the match in my book: Damian de Allende.
80'- Frylinck boots it out to end the Cheetahs' misery...
78'- Willie le Roux tapped the ball back like a soccer goal-keeper, but unfortunately for him it was an own-goal! Even Cheetahs coach Naka Drotske is seen having a chuckle!
That was also the BONUS POINT try for the Stormers - their second this season!
77'- Grant's conversion misses to the left.
Stormers 33-0 Cheetahs
Sailosi Tagicakibau scores his first Stormers try. He brilliantly followed up a clever chip kick by Grant, which Willie le Roux made a right old mess of!
The second time Grant has put in a clever chip behind the Cheetahs defence.
75'- Martin Dreyer on at prop for the Stormers' Pat Cilliers.
Mike Rhodes is fast becoming the Joey Barton or Julian Dicks of rugby. Never far away from a card ... - Rob Houwing
73'- YELLOW CARD
Rhodes is rightfully sent to the sin-bin. Yes, Rhodes was responding to an elbow in the face from Lobberts, but he responded in poor fashion.
"You can't pull a player's hair," says referee Stuart Berry.
73'- TMO CALL
The TMO must check for a Stormers player pulling the hair of Hilton Lobberts. Looks like Michael Rhodes. Yellow card?
"Damian de Allende is a supremely skilled athlete," says commentator Bob Skinstad.
71'- Super Rugby debut for Dylon Frylinck, who replaces Nic Groom at scrumhalf. Another Ikeys scrumhalf playing for the Stormers...
71'- Watts kicks the ensuing kick-off directly into touch. It's a horror night for the Cheetahs!
70'- CONVERSION by Grant.
Stormers 28-0 Cheetahs
69'- TRY AWARDED!
That was a tough call, but what probably saved the Stormers was the fact that it didn't go forward out of De Allende's hands. It may have drifted forward though...
69'- TRY OR NO TRY?
Siya Kolisi goes over under the posts for the Stormers. However, the TMO is called into action for a potential forward pass from De Allende to Kolisi.
67'- A brilliant chip over the top by Peter Grant is gathered by De Jongh, who passes to Carr, who in turn offloads to Kolisi, but some good cover defence by the Cheetahs saves the day.
66'- Cheetahs scrumhalf Shaun Venter is off, replaced by Tian Meyer.
Jean Kleyn also on for Ruan Botha at lock for the Stormers.
65'- Yet another Cheetahs attack in the red zone ends in despair for the men from Bloemfontein. Their handling has let them down tonight. Clearly they aren't used to these wet conditions...
62'- Both hookers are off. Stephan Coetzee for Deon Fourie and Torsten van Jaarsveld for Adriaan Strauss.
61'- Grant slots the PENALTY from in front.
Stormers 21-0 Cheetahs
61'- De Allende, on halfway, brilliantly splits the Cheetahs midfield before putting Groom away. Groom is hauled in just before the tryline by Lobberts. However, Lobberts then concedes a penalty by playing the ball on the ground.
Kobus van Wyk on the charge for Stormers with Hennie Daniller barely hanging on... (Gallo Images)
59'- Peter Grant replaces Kurt Coleman at flyhalf for the Stormers.
Coleman played well, but in the last minute failed to kick out a penalty and also knocked a ball on. Perhaps that triggered coach Allister Coetzee to replace him with Grant...
57'- Superb from Damian de Allende. First he absolutely smashes Coenie Oosthuizen in a tackle just outside the Stormers 22, then gets up to win a penalty at the ruck! I expect him to make his Test debut later this year...
56'- Another promising opportunity for the Cheetahs goes begging when they lose a lineout inside Stormers territory...
54'- Oli Kebble is now on at prop for the Stormers, replacing Alistair Vermaak, who was making his run-on debut. Vermaak can be proud of his efforts today!
53'- No luck this time for the Stormers though as the Cheetahs hold firm on defence before Vermeulen is penalised for coming in from the side...
52'- This time round, the Stormers opt against taking the three points and set up an attacking lineout.
By the way, Duane Vermeulen is now the Stormers decision maker...
52'- Another dominant lineout drive by the Stormers but the Cheetahs collapse it just inside their own half.
Referee Stuart Berry gives the Cheetahs a team warning!
51'- Big Hilton Lobberts is now on for the Cheetahs against his former team, having been drafted in from Griquas earlier in the week.
50'- Coleman's PENALTY swirls in the wind but straightens to go over.
Stormers 18-0 Cheetahs
48'- The Stormers kick deep up-field where the Cheetahs struggle to deal with it in the wind. And moments later, the Stormers win a kickable penalty.
Coleman to line up from about 15m in from touch...
47'- A Nic Groom clearance kick on his own tryline is charged down, but luckily for the scrumhalf it goes over the dead-ball line for a 22m kick-in.
46'- Elgar Watts has replaced Hennie Daniller for the Cheetahs. He will play flyhalf, with Goosen moving to fullback.
45'- After a concerted period of attack the Cheetahs cough it up when Struass and Prinsloo are penalised for obstruction...
44'- The Cheetahs set up an attacking lineout close to the Stormers line...
43'- Jaco Taute fails to handle a chip-kick in behind the Stormers by Goosen. He then gets penalised for pulling Johann Sadie back in the process of trying to make up for his error.
Taute is not covering himself in glory this season. He has done nothing since moving down from the Lions...
42'- Kobus van Wyk is now also off for the Stormers, with Sailosi Tagicakibau on.
Tagicakibau will play left wing, with Cheslin Kolbe moving over to the right.
0'- Siya Kolisi has replaced Burger, while the Cheetahs have also brought on Trevor Nyakane for prop Caylib Oosthuizen.
18:04 - Goosen starts the second half...
18:03 - Welcome back for the second half.
BAD NEWS for the Stormers is that Schalk Burger will not return for the second half. He appeared to injure his neck early in the game.
Deon Fourie congratulated by Nizaam Carr after scoring the Stormers' first try... (Gallo Images)
FIRST HALF STATS
Metres run: Stormers 204-73 Cheetahs
Carries: Stormers 42-33 Cheetahs
Defenders beaten: Stormers 5-3 Cheetahs
Clean breaks: Stormers 3-0 Cheetahs
Tackles made: Stormers 30-43 Cheetahs
Missed tackles: Stormers 3-5 Cheetahs
Turnovers won: Stormers 3-4 Cheetahs
Kicks in play: Stormers 17-16 Cheetahs
Rucks won: Stormers 31-22 Cheetahs
Rucks lost: Stormers 1-3 Cheetahs
Mauls won: Stormers 4-3 Cheetahs
Lineouts won: Stormers 7-8 Cheetahs
Lineouts lost: Stormers 1-2 Cheetahs
Scrums won: Stormers 3-2 Cheetahs
Scrums lost: Stormers 0-1 Cheetahs
Penalties conceded: Stormers 5-8 Cheetahs
HALF-TIME: Stormers 15-0 Cheetahs
40'- Coleman misses his attempt to the left...
40'- Cheetahs scrumhalf Shaun Venter is penalised for hands in the ruck. Jaco Taute, knowing they had advantage, then opts for a drop goal but it lands short.
Coleman to line up from about 30m out, 15m in from touch...
The Stormers have one last attacking chance before the break - a lineout on the Cheetahs 22m line.
37'- Some more solid defence by the Stormers keeps the Cheetahs at bay. The hosts then win a penalty on the ground and Coleman can bring relief. Another chance gone begging for Cheetahs...
36'- The Cheetahs again opt for a lineout instead of the three points.
Brilliant. Carr and Brussow. Shake hands. Rugby wins - Front Row Grunt
36'- TMO CALLED INTO ACTION
There was a little off the ball scuffle between Heinrich Brussow and Nizaam Carr. Nothing serious, so just a warning for both.
But the referee will go back for a kickable penalty to the Cheetahs in range.
35'- 15 AGAINST 15
Strauss is now back from his time in the sin-bin.
35'- CONVERSION by Coleman from about 20m from touch.
Stormers 15-0 Cheetahs
33'- TRY! Kobus van Wyk rounds off a stunning try by the Stormers. It was started by Cheslin Kolbe who caught a high ball inside his own 22, before counter attacking, then passing to Nizaam Carr on the left wing. Carr sprinted about 30m before off-loading. It was then swung wide before Van Wyk rounded off in style!
A quite remarkable try in these conditions.
30'- Deon Fourie fails to find his lineout jumpers on halfway... No surprise perhaps?? It gives them Cheetahs a chance to breathe while Strauss is still off...
29'- Coleman slots the PENALTY.
Stormers 8-0 Cheetahs
27'- Not surprisingly, the Stormers win a penalty at the ensuing scrum.
Coleman will line up, about 20m out, but in front...
26'- Cheetahs scrum now really struggling with only seven men.
A Stormers scrum inside the Cheetahs half, in the middle of the park, gives them a great attacking platform.
23'- Torsten van Jaarsveld comes on while Strauss is off, which leaves Boom Prinsloo the unfortunate one to also leave the field. Remember, when a front ranker is sin-binned, a replacement must come on for him.
Strauss is spotted apologising to Prinsloo. Good sportsmanship!
22'- YELLOW CARD for Strauss. The correct call and Strauss knows he made a mistake there. He is not a dirty player, so would acknowledge what he did.
22'- Cheetahs captain Adriaan Strauss could be in trouble. He has performed a late tackle on Stormers wing Kobus van Wyk. It was also a tip tackle, which should be a yellow card.
The TMO is called into action.
20'- A quick tap by the Stormers sees them run from inside their own 22m area right to the other end of the field. However, their move is halted when the Cheetahs win a penalty on the ground...
19'- Great defence by the Stormers on their own line. Deon Fourie then wins a penalty on the ground!
18'- Great counter shove by the Stormers, but somehow referee Berry finds a way to penalise the home side.
16'- Stormers penalised inside their 22m area. The Cheetahs also opt against kicking for posts and set up a five metre lineout.
13'- Unfortunately for the Cheetahs, Goosen kicks it away in the Stormers 22m area... He tried a little grubber in behind but the Stormers were alert.
11'- However, a poor pass from Burger gives the Cheetahs another chance to attack in the red zone.
10'- Cheetahs get their first attacking chance inside Stormers 22m area, but lose possession when Boela Serfontein knocks it on.
DE VILLIERS ALSO OUT FOR BOKS
News just coming in is that Bok captain Jean de Villiers will also miss the Bok training camp. He will undergo a scope to his knee on Sunday.
Sharks lock Stephan Lewies has replaced him in the squad.
6'- Coleman's conversion doesn't even have the legs in the strong north-westerly wind!
Stormers 5-0 Cheetahs as the rain starts to come down heavily again.
5'- TRY! Deon Fourie barges over for the Stormers after a dominating rolling maul by the hosts. His second try of the season.
4'- Cheetahs penalised for collapsing the Stormers driving maul. Burger opts for another lineout...
3'- A good tactical kick in behind the Cheetahs by Nic Groom puts the visitors under pressure. Cornal Hendricks clears, but not very far... Five-metre lineout for Stormers!
3'- No surprise as the first scrum collapses. When does that not happen?
2'- Good news is that Burger is ready to resume play!
1'- A bit of a worry for the Stormers as Schalk Burger is receiving attention. Looks like a problem with the neck area...
0' - Big game for Coleman today. He must prove he can also play a good tactical game.
17:05 - Kurt Coleman gets play started...
17:05 - Stuart Berry is today's referee.
17:04 - A massive roar greets Schalk Burger and his Stormers team...
17:02 - The Cheetahs are clad in their predominantly orange away kit.
Cold and windy day at Newlands - EWN Sport
Advantage Cheetahs in this weather? Stormers have a running No 10 and not a lot of bulk in front row - Rob Houwing
It's a very wet and cold Newlands today folks. Not the expected running rugby fans have been looking forward to seeing I'm afraid...
With De Villiers ruled out, Damian de Allende would be happy to move back to his preferred position of inside centre.
But that puts paid to his highly anticipated wing duel with Willie le Roux. So much for me writing a piece on their expected battle earlier in the week...
LATE CHANGES TO STORMERS TEAM
Centre Jean de Villiers will miss today'smatch because of a knee injury, with flank Schalk Burger taking over the captaincy.
New Springbok training squad member Damian de Allende will move from the right-wing to inside centre, with Kobus van Wyk - who was initially named on the bench - starting in the No 14 shirt.
Fit-again Samoan star Sailosi Tagicakibau comes onto the bench in Van Wyk’s place, whilst in one final change amongst the replacements, experienced prop Brok Harris has been replaced by Martin Dreyer in the No 18 jersey.
Ahead of kick-off, the Stormers find themselves in fourth place in the South African Conference and 13th in the Overall standings.
The Cheetahs are currently third in the South African Conference and 12th in the Overall log.
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Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)
2014: Cheetahs won 35-22, Bloemfontein
2013: Stormers won 28-3, Cape Town
2013: Cheetahs won 26-24, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 13-6, Bloemfontein
2012: Stormers won 16-14, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 44-34, Bloemfontein
15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak
Substitutes: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau
15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Johannes Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich Brüssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (captain), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen
Substitutes: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Nicolaas van Dyk, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Gouws Prinsloo
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