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PHOTO: Craig Joubert sends Hayden Triggs from the field #STOvBLU #SuperRugby pic.twitter.com/laLhc80cxE— Super Rugby (@SuperRugby) February 21, 2015
PHOTO: Craig Joubert sends Hayden Triggs from the field #STOvBLU #SuperRugby pic.twitter.com/laLhc80cxE
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Ordinary, disjointed showing given Stormers' numerical advantage. But they'll still be very chuffed with 2/2.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) February 21, 2015
Ordinary, disjointed showing given Stormers' numerical advantage. But they'll still be very chuffed with 2/2.
79'- Stormers running from deep and surge up into Blues territory, before the visitors concede another penalty.
Again Coleman will kick for goal, 20m in field and about 42m out...
77'- Coleman slots the PENALTY from about 40m out.
Stormers 27-16 Blues
10 minutes left at DHL Newlands. #DHLStormers 24 (2 tries, 1 con, 4 pens), Blues 16 (1 try, 1 con, 3 pens). #STOvBLU #rugby #SSRugby— DHL STORMERS (@THESTORMERS) February 21, 2015
10 minutes left at DHL Newlands. #DHLStormers 24 (2 tries, 1 con, 4 pens), Blues 16 (1 try, 1 con, 3 pens). #STOvBLU #rugby #SSRugby
Stormers vs Blues was spoiled by a red card, Stormers can be very lucky about that red card, because they not convincing against 14— Nelio de Sà (@NelioDeSa) February 21, 2015
Stormers vs Blues was spoiled by a red card, Stormers can be very lucky about that red card, because they not convincing against 14
If you want a penalty just call a maul at the line-out. Its a ridiculous situation in our game at the moment.— alan zondagh (@alanzondagh) February 21, 2015
If you want a penalty just call a maul at the line-out. Its a ridiculous situation in our game at the moment.
67'- Stormers subs: Schreuder and Kolisi on, Groom and Van Vuuren off.
Rhodes will shift to lock...
65'- Yet another Stormers penalty, but Groom takes a quick tap.
They surge deep into the red zone, before again losing possession...
62'- Penalty to the Stormers after the Blues collapse their driving maul. This time, the hosts opt for the three points.
Perhaps a decent call now, considering the Blues have managed to get back into the game.
Probably better suited to Instagram, but I could not give a toss about Insta ... 24-16 to Storm pic.twitter.com/nR9hNwcDap— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) February 21, 2015
Probably better suited to Instagram, but I could not give a toss about Insta ... 24-16 to Storm pic.twitter.com/nR9hNwcDap
53'- PENALTY slotted by Catrakilis.
Stormers 24-16 Blues
52'- A kickable penalty for the Stormers in the middle of the park as Tony Woodcock goes off his feet at a ruck.
Catrakilis will line up from about 35m out...
51'- CONVERSION slotted by West.
Stormers 21-16 Blues
50'- TRY to the Blues!
Scrumhalf Jimmy Cowan rounds off a brilliant try after some excellent interplay between the Blues backs. Charles Piutau was brilliant there...
44'- A wonderful clearance from Charles Piutau brings play back into the Stormers 22m area...
But then a Stormers penalty at the ensuing lineout brings relief for the hosts.
43'- PENALTY slotted by West.
Stormers 21-9 Blues
42'- Vermeulen drops the ensuing kick-off, before the Stormers go off-side.
The Blues opt to kick at goal. Not sure why. Only tries will get them back into this game now...
41'- PENALTY slotted by Catrakilis.
Stormers 21-6 Blues
40'- Kolbe taken out late just inside his own half after he had put a little chip kick over the Blues defence.
Stormers penalty 10m inside the Blues half where the ball bounced.
Catrakilis will line up for goal, about 15m in from touch...
#GrowthPointKingsPark #ForwardsRugby #NoBackLine #SSRugby @AlexMitchley @sharksworld pic.twitter.com/mMaresPbgb— Shark Cage (@Dean07pbhs) February 21, 2015
#GrowthPointKingsPark #ForwardsRugby #NoBackLine #SSRugby @AlexMitchley @sharksworld pic.twitter.com/mMaresPbgb
HALF-TIME: Stormers 18-6 Blues
With 14 against 15, there's surely no way back for the men from Auckland...
Yet another penalty for the Stormers with a minute to go. Kotze with a great take on the restart and then a breakdown penalty won by the home side. Coleman to wrap it up... his attempt is wide but the Stormers have won at home, their second win this year. A fairly flat second half from the hosts but they've done enough to put away a Blues side who were always disadvantaged after the red card for Triggs.
STORMERS 27-16 BLUES
PENALTY, STORMERS, COLEMAN! 27-16: Good strike from the replacement and that should be that for the home side.
Patient build-up for the Stormers and they get another penalty, about 42 metres out. Will Coleman go for goal? Yes he will.
Stormers with the scrum deep in their 22 after another Blues attack dies out. Penalty; Stormers with half an eye on the clock now as Coleman finds touch.
Lost forward by the Stormers at the lineout, handing the Blues a scrum in a promising position. Saili with a big run up to the 22, Blues attacking well before they turn the ball over, cleared by Coleman.
Both sides cautiously looking for territory, Saili's chip over the top too deep and marked by Kolbe. Blues with the lineout.
Schreuder and Kolisi on the for the Stormers as they have a lineout on halfway. Box kick taken by Lam, Piutau clearing long and Schreuder then finding touch.
Stormers with another penalty in the Blues half. Tapped, over the 22. Blues under pressure but they do well to win a scrum at the ruck, with the ball not coming back.
A rare miss for Catrakilis, keeping the gap on the scoreboard to eight points.
Botha takes the lineout and the maul is brought down by the Blues illegally. Catrakilis taking the points.
Stormers with lots of territory as West clears again. Advantage to the hosts, Catrakilis trying a chip kick that doesn''t work, so we come back for the penalty. Catrakilis into touch.
More clever maul defence from the Blues, letting the Stormers catch and drive but standing off the maul and then winning a scrum. Blues under real pressure but they get it away, Leyds catching with a foot in touch meaning a Blues lineout.
Cowan dabs a box kick into the corner but Kolbe is there to recover and find touch. Lineout from Parsons isn''t straight, Stormers scrum. Played wide but a bad pass as they scramble, Northcott trying an interception but conceding a penalty for a deliberate knockdown.
Great touchfinder from West over the head of Leyds into the corner. Lineout stolen! Blues on the charge. Loose ball turned over by De Jongh, Groom with a high kick that goes nowhere but the Stormers recover. Kicked long.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 24-16: Woodcock penalised to hand Catrakilis with another shot at the posts, which he converts.
CONVERSION, BLUES, WEST! 21-16: Extra two from West and the Blues are right back in this one.
TRY, BLUES, COWAN! 21-14: Free kick to the Blues who tap and go, Piutau on a carving run and he fixes up the defence! Clean through and feeds inside to Braid, who offloads to Cowan for the score. Well worked.
Stormers attack making real ground after the lineout but the Blues survive, winning a breakdown penalty. West clears to safety but not touch, the visitors getting the ball back anyway. Turnover, but there''s been a knock on so the Blues have a central scrum
Scrum penalty to the Stormers, proving to be a real problem area for the visitors since Triggs was sent off.
Kicking battle ends with the Stormers winning a penalty in their 22. Kicked up to halfway for the lineout which they win, but then Carr knocks on around halfway. Blues scrum.
PENALTY, BLUES, WEST! 21-9: Immediate chance for West to respond after the Stormers infringe from the restart. He sends it over.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 21-6: The crowd will tell you, that one''s over. Big lead now for the Stormers.
Blues penalised to hand Catrakilis an immediate chance to extend the lead. Kolbe was taken out by Parsons after kicking ahead.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 18-6: Taavao-Matau penalised at the scrum and Catrakilis adds a further three points. Stormers certainly deserving of their lead and there can be no complaints with the red card. Piutau''s error chasing his own kick could prove to be the key moment in the match, as the Stormers now hold a very commanding lead. Blues facing a long second half.
STORMERS 18-6 BLUES
Time for the second half as West does the honours. Can the Blues fight back?
Blues in possession but turned over by Kitshoff. Hoisted high by Catrakilis and Kotze knocks on trying to make the catch. Blues scrum in their 22.
Elstadt down for treatment and he will be replaced by Carr, who arrives off the bench.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 15-6: Extra two from the number ten as the home side open up a significant lead.
TRY, STORMERS, LEYDS! 13-6: Lineout won and cleared by the Blues as both sides look for a breakthrough. Piutau hoists up an up-and-under and chases hard but misses out, Leyds taking the kick well and then taking off through the defence to score from 60 metres out! Super solo effort weaving through the defence.
Stormers making ground in their attack but the Blues survive again, winning a vital turnover. Back come the Stormers, Groom smartly putting the kick into the corner.
Creaking scrum for the Blues right under their own posts. Untidy but they get it away, West with a great kick under pressure.
Won by the Stormers as they build momentum getting towards the posts, but Groom knocks on! Let-off for the Blues.
Scrum penalty to the Stormers! Luatua was in at lock to cover for Triggs and the makeshift unit couldn''t handle the hosts'' scrum. Catrakilis into the corner.
Blues play the rules well, letting the maul start but not contesting before running round the back to scrag Groom, winning a scrum.
RED CARD, BLUES, TRIGGS! Huge moment in the game as the Blues lock is sent off for punching Vermeulen. Catrakilis kicks the penalty a long way into touch.
Stormers win the lineout and clear to about 40 metres from their line. Big carry from Li and the Blues have an advantage - West to go for the posts again. Scuffle breaking out between the forwards as referee Joubert calls for the TMO.
Lineout won by the Stormers who try to get the runners into the game. Up to ten phases shifting the ball from left to right, De Jongh breaking a tackle as they reach the 22. Elstadt with a big carry but the the ball goes loose and the Blues break away! Kicked long by Cowan and that''s into touch deep in the Stormers 22.
Long attack from the Stormers ends with a penalty for holding on. Blues over halfway, Saili with a careless kick into the 22 which is easily taken before Kolbe''s kick flies in the wrong direction, sideways rather than forwards. Kicking from both sides before West hits it into touch, Stormers 40 metres out.
Penalty Stormers, side entry from Luatua after a good drive from the Blues who were too overeager. Stormers clear to over halfway.
Huge carry from Kaino up the middle, handing off Catrakilis and Vermeulen, before Piutau fumbles a pass from West. Stormers scrum deep in their half.
Catrakilis with a clever chip over the defence, Kolbe winning the race but he''s clattered by Piutau to end the attack. Blues lineout is won but the Stormers blitz defence puts them under pressure, ending in a Blues scrum.
Catrakilis can''t add the extra two points as the wind pushes it wide. Stormers ahead though by two points.
TRY, STORMERS, GROOM! 8-6: Blues playing too much rugby deep in their half and Botha wins a penalty at the ruck. Catrakilis prodding it into the corner. Catch and drive, just short of the line! Groom darts but can''t make it, advantage played. Wide to Kolbe and then Kotze... short again! Groom with the dummy and that''s the try! Selling the defence out wide and diving over from close range.
PENALTY, BLUES, WEST! 3-6: Good again from West, overcoming the wind to convert.
Blues on the attack and with an advantage, just outside the Stormers 22. High tackle the offence from De Allende on West, and West will go for the posts.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS! 3-3: Excellent effort and the score is all square.
Saili with the clearance kick before the Stormers win a penalty at the ruck, Kaino not releasing. Long shot for Catrakilis.
PENALTY, BLUES, WEST! 0-3: Great strike from West considering the angle he had out on the touchline from over 40 metres. Blues ahead.
Reset initially before Kitshoff goes down under pressure. Early chance for points from West.
Blues clearance kick is knocked on by Catrakilis, despite him having plenty of time. A wry smile on his face as the Blues set up for a scrum right on the touchline.
A beautiful day in Cape Town as Vermeulen leads out the Stormers on his 100th cap. Expect a big performance from him today.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby clash between the Stormers and Blues at Newlands in Cape Town.
STORMERS: With Jean Kleyn out through injury, Jurie van Vuuren comes into the Stormers'' run-on side to wear the the number four jersey. Amongst the replacements for the home side, Springbok loose forward Siya Kolisi makes a welcome return after a lengthy injury lay-off and will take his place alongside fellow international back-row Nizaam Carr on the bench while the starting flankers, Rynardt Elstadt and Michael Rhodes, will cover the second row.
BLUES: For the visitors, Charles Piutau moves to full-back from the right wing, where he replaces Lolagi Visinia, while Ben Lam takes over from him on the right wing. The rest of the team is unchanged although their coach, Sir John Kirwan, has surprised by leaving All Blacks lock Patrick Tuipulotu and prop Charlie Faumuina on the bench.
Catrakilis is on the spot ready to get this one started for the Stormers. Here we go!
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