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In next weekend's action, the Stormers host the Lions, while the Cheetahs tackle the Waratahs in Bloemfontein.
FULL-TIME: Stormers 42-12
A comprehensive win for the Stormers, who dominated all aspects of this game. They also claimed that vital four-try bonus-point.
Say what you like about Cheslin Kolbe's size, he doesn't shirk his cleanout work.— Rob Houwing (@RobHouwing) May 30, 2015
Say what you like about Cheslin Kolbe's size, he doesn't shirk his cleanout work.
79'- TMO CALL
However, referee Joubert wants to go back for a possible high tackle. Again on Kolbe...
79'- Benjamin gets the ball on the wing, chips over the Stormers defence, but Kolbe saves the day as he boots it dead.
The Cheetahs will have a scrum five metres out...
76'- Pietersen's conversion attempt is away to the right...
Stormers 42-12 Cheetahs
POSSESSION AFTER 70 MINUTES
67'- Coleman misses the conversion. He has no confident kicking goal at present...
Stormers 42-7 Cheetahs
65'- Stormers subs: Skipper Duane Vermeulen is off, replaced by Kolisi. Kolisi was only off with a blood substitution so he's allowed back on.
Jean Kleyn is on at lock for Manuel Carizza.
Kurt Coleman is also on for Demetri Catrakilis.
64'- CONVERSION slotted by Catrakilis.
Stormers 37-7 Cheetahs
53'- The Cheetahs have a scrum in a promising position inside Stormers territory, but again they are penalised.
The Stormers definitely boast the strongest scrum in the competition. Never thought I'd say that a few years ago...
49'- CONVERSION slotted by Catrakilis.
Stormers 30-7 Cheetahs
46'- YELLOW CARD
Cheetahs No 8 Henco Venter gets 10 minutes in the sin-bin for a high tackle on Cheslin Kolbe. A bit harsh, and Kolbe is also the shortest player on the field...
46'- TMO CALL
A Cheetahs player could be in trouble for a high tackle on Cheslin Kolbe.
#STOvCHE It's a clear but chilly evening at Newlands. pic.twitter.com/UPylTu6dhz— EWN Sport (@EWNsport) May 30, 2015
#STOvCHE It's a clear but chilly evening at Newlands. pic.twitter.com/UPylTu6dhz
Seen enough of Senatla this year to think that he should be in Brighton come September. Classy and keen— Front Row Grunt (@FrontRowGrunt) May 30, 2015
Seen enough of Senatla this year to think that he should be in Brighton come September. Classy and keen
Welcome back for the second half!
Joe Pietersen gets play started...
40'- NO TRY!
Replays show it was a legitimate tackle and that De Jongh knocked it on.
40'- TMO CALL
De Jongh appears to have knocked it on close to the line, but the referee wants to check for a possible early tackle.
Also, perhaps check for a try, because Carr picked it up and scored...
FULL TIME: STORMERS 42-12 CHEETAHS
However, play is called back after another high tackle on Kolbe. I rest my case. Coleman sets up the attacking line-out on the Cheetahs 22m line.
But the Cheetahs turn it over and they are full of running, with Venter the centre gaining big metres. They bash it up to the Stormers 22m until Pretorius get absolutely hammered by replacement winger Jones, leading to a knock on. He was right in his blind spot there. Joubert blows for full time and the Newlands faithful roars.
It is end to enD stuff as both teams mount counter after counter. Benjamin eventually finds space and chips through. Kolbe kicks it out the back of the field for safety.
The Cheetahs win the scrum an send it wide, making some valuable metres. They earn a rare penalty and Pietersen sets up the attacking line-out just 5m out from the homes side's try line.
TRY, CHEETAHS, GREEF, 42-12: The burly forward broke off the maul and found is way through two defenders, literally, and crashed over for the try.
The Cheetahs are enjoying some rare possession in the Stormers half, but a knock on gives the Stormers the opportunity to counter. Kolbe's pass is too far in front of Senatla, who also knocks it on. They scrum down on the Stormers 10m line.
Somehow, replacement number 10 Coleman conspired to miss the conversion. Nevertheless, the Cheetahs look utterly spent. 20 missed tackles and 123 made. Amazing.
TRY, STORMERS, NOTSHE, 42-7: Kolbe and de Jongh combined well before the centre got the offload to the replacement loose forward, who put in a huge step before accelerating away for a well worked try. It is raining tries at Newlands!
CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 37-7: That is seven from seven for the number 10.
The Cheetahs defence is something to behold, as they must have made at least 30 tackles in the past few minutes of play. Sterling stuff.
TRY, STORMERS, KOCH, 35-7: The ball spills out the side of the ruck and the big man pounced, with two tacklers riding him over the try line. He is elated...and rightly so.
But Kolbe chases down the winger, who flings the ball in-field and de Jongh gathers. The home side counter well before the Cheetahs infringe at the ruck. The subsequent line-out takes place just 10m from the visitors line.
The Cheetahs a weathering wave after wave of Stormers attacks. They rumble it up to within 10m. Intercept from Petersen!
The driving maul from the line-out makes at least 20m for the home side before collapsing. Groom sends it wide to de Allende who puts in the kick for Senatla, but it is too heavy and rolls into touch.
Nothing seems to be going right for the Cheetahs as they give away another penalty at scrum time. Catrakilis sets up another attacking line-out on the Cheetahs 10m line. It is a clean take and the ball goes wide to Etzebeth lurking on the wing, who makes poor pass that is hacked into touch by the Cheetahs.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 30-7: The fly-half maintains his 100% record.
TRY, STORMERS, DE ALLENDE, 28-17: The Stormers were patient with the driving maul until Kolisi went for the line. He was just short and the big centre picked it up and bashed his way over the line from 1m out. He has had a great game tonight.
The Stormers loose the line-out and the Cheetahs hack it through. Kolbe picks up and is flattened in a high tackle. Joubert double checks with the TMO.
YELLOW CARD, CHEETAHS, VENTER: It was high, but Kolbe is not the tallest man. This is not the first time his height has effectively lead to a yellow for the opposition.
But the Stormers absolutely dominate the scrum, pushing the Cheetahs back at least 5m before Joubert blows for a penalty, Catrakilis kicks for touch. The line-out will take place 15m out from the Cheetahs line.
After a knock on, it is the Cheetahs turn to shove early. Groom takes it quickly and send the ball wide. Again de Jongh is in space, but he knock it on.
Pietersen kicks from left to right to start the second forty.
HALF TIME: STORMERS 23-7 CHEETAHS
Again the Cheetahs are off their feet at the ruck. Catrakilis sets up the attacking line-out on the 5m line. The throw goes to the back.
de Jongh gets man and ball, with the defender stopping a certain try. Joubert Says that's it for the opening stanza.
However, de Jongh is determined to have knocked it on and the Cheetahs win the scrum 5m out from their line. The Stormers shove early and Joubert awards the Cheetahs the short arm. Pietersen pumps it deep.
There is yet another scintillating attack from the home side, running out of their half and de Jongh is eventually pulled down agonisingly short of the line. de Allende and Leyds played important roles in the attack.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 23-7: The number 10 adds the extras.
TRY, STORMERS, SENATLA, 21-7: The Stormers attack off a solid scrum and the winger hit the line at pace, bouncing off a defender and diving under the poles for his second of the evening.
Indeed it is the maul, but it is defused nicely by the Cheetahs, mainly because they didn't compete at the line-out. The Stormers are forced to use it but the Cheetahs remain resolute on defence!
What a counter from the Stormers! Again the Cheetahs kick away the ball and it''s that trio of de Allende, Leyds and Groom who again combine well to get the ball within a metre of the try-line. The Cheetahs infringe at the ruck and Catrakilis sets up the line-out. We all know what coming here.
There is a great touch finder from Pietersen and the Stormers have a defensive line-out just 10m from their line. They secure it and Etzabeth smashes his way up field to make room for his fly-half, who cleared nicely.
CONVERSION, CHEETAHS, PIETERSEN, 16-7: And the Cheetahs are back in the game.
The visitors slowly work it up until they earn a penalty on the Stormers 5m line. They win the line-out ball and set up the inevitable maul!
TRY, CHEETAHS, PRINSLOO, 16-5: The maul works wonders for the Cheetahs and the man named Boom falls over the line for an easy five pointer.
But the Cheetahs get it back after a knock on and Carr gives away a penalty at the ruck. Bloemmetjies sets up a line-out on the Stormers 22m and they secure the ball.
The cheetahs go out wide on attack but Bloemmetjies'' pass does not find it''s target and the ball rolls harmlessly into touch. The set up the line-out on the Cheetahs 10m line.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 16-0: As easy as you like.
After a couple resets and another penalty, the Springbok number eight points to the posts.
The big centre is caught just short of the line and Joubert goes back to the penalty as the Cheetahs were not 10m. Interestingly, Vermeulen opts for the scrum.
The Cheetahs kick deep after their attack failed to make any inroads. But the Stormers counter via de Allende, Carr and Groom, running it up to within 5m of the line. They earn a penalty and de Allende takes a quick tap and goes for the line!
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 13-0: Senatla smashes Petersen in the tackle and his forwards back him up to ruck over. The winger was pinged for holding on and Catrakilis made them pay from the 22m line.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 10-0. What a wonderful kick from the touch line from the youngster.
TRY, STORMERS, SENATLA, 8-0: What a team try! They took it through the hands and Leyds put in the chip, which de Jongh gathered. After the ruck they went wide to the opposite touch line and Seven's star Senatla dotted down in the corner for his first ever Super Rugby try.
PENALTY, STORMERS, CATRAKILIS, 3-0: That is the fly-half's 140th Super Rugby point this season.
After a number of phases, the home side earns a penalty on the 22m after the Cheetahs fail to roll away. Catrakilis lines it up.
Referee Craig Joubert signals the start of play as Catrakilis kicks from left to right.
Blommetjies secures and hoof the ball into touch. It is not the best touch finder and the Stormers win the ball at the line-out just outside the Cheetahs 22m.
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the DHL Stormers against the Toyota Cheetahs from Newlands in Cape Town.
Fly-half Joe Pietersen and wing Sergeal Petersen are back for the Cheetahs, taking over from Francois Brummer at fly-half and Cornal Hendricks respectively. On the openside flank, Tienie Burger replaces Carel Greeff. On the bench, Sarel Pretorius is back in place of Shaun Venter. There is late change at eighth man for the visitors, with Henco Venter starting and Willie Britz out.
For the Stormers, Carr replaces Burger, winning his 50th Stormers cap in the process. Vincent Koch gets a start at tighthead prop as he rotates with Frans Malherbe whilst Nic Groom starts at scrum-half in a swap with Louis Schreuder. A late change sees Frans Malherbe sit out with flu. He is replaced by Oliver Kebble.
It was a chilly start to the day in the Mother City, but the clouds have parted and the Newlands is baked in winter sunshine. However, it could be a bit wet underfoot as there has been a lot of rain.
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