Stormers bag vital win over Sunwolves

    2019-06-08 18:59

    Cape Town - The Stormers claimed a valuable Super Rugby win against the Sunwolves at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.

    As it happened: Stormers v Sunwolves

    The Stormers won 31-18 after leading 14-6 at half-time.

    However, the Cape Town side will be disappointed to have missed out on a bonus point.

    The Sunwolves had more of the territory in the opening exchanges and won a penalty after Ernst van Rhyn was penalised for playing the man in the air at the lineout. Hayden Parker slotted it between the posts for a 3-0 lead with just over ten minutes gone.

    Soon after, Sunwolves number eight Ben Gunter gave away the penalty for not releasing and Jean-Luc du Plessis kicked for the corner. From the resulting lineout, Bongi Mbonambi broke off the back of the driving maul and finished superbly. Du Plessis added the extras to make it 7-3 to the home side.

    The Stormers had their second try on the half-hour mark. Dan Kriel stole the ball brilliantly off Josh Timu in the midfield before the ball was spread out wide right to Craig Barry who had the gas to finish in the corner. Du Plessis made no mistake with the conversion.

    Parker kicked his second penalty goal shortly before the half-time break after the home side were penalised at scrum time to cut the deficit to eight heading in to the interval.

    The Sunwolves' defence held firm at the beginning of the second until it was breached in the 54th minute when Stormers No 8 Jaco Coetzee wasn't held in the tackle and he was able to get up and show an impressive turn of pace to streak away over the whitewash.

    The visitors hit back on the hour mark. Akihito Yamada got a brilliant offload away while falling to the ground for Semisi Masirewa, who scythed through the Stormers defence and dived in under the poles. Parker's conversion made it 13-21.

    With eight minutes to go, man-of-the-match Coetzee grabbed his brace when he dotted down at the back of a well-worked driving maul after the visitors had been penalised for Tom Rowe not rolling away and the Stormers had kicked for the corner.

    The Japanese outfit responded with a sublime team try shortly afterwards. Having generated quick ruck ball, the ball was moved in slick fashion across the backline for Masirewa to bolt in over the line on the overlap down the right-hand side.

    The Stormers pushed for the bonus point in the closing stages, but to no avail.

    Next weekend's final round-robin fixtures sees the Stormers host the Sharks in their SA derby (Saturday, June 15 - 15:05), while the Sunwolves travel to Argentina where they'll face the Jaguares (Saturday, June 15 - 00:10 SA time).



    Tries: Mbongeni Mbonami, Craig Barry, Jaco Coetzee (2)

    Conversions: Jean-Luc du Plessis (3), Joshua Stander

    Penalties: Stander


    Tries: Semisi Masirewa (2)

    Conversions: Hayden Parker

    Penalties: Parker (2)



    15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Craig Barry, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Edwill van der Merwe, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Johan du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Chris van Zyl, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain)

    Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 David Meihuizen, 20 Chris Massyn, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Josh Stander, 23 EW Viljoen


    15 Semisi Masirewa, 14 Gerhard Van Den Heever, 13 Josh Timu, 12 Phil Burleigh, 11 Hosea Saumaki, 10 Hayden Parker, 9 Jamie Booth, 8 Ben Gunter, 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Ryota Hasegawa, 5 Tom Rowe, 4 Mark Abbott, 3 Conan O’Donnell, 2 Jaba Bregvadze, 1 Alex Woonton

    Substitutes: 16 Takuya Kitade, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Yuya Odo, 20 Masakatsu Nishikawa, 21 Keisuke Uchida, 22 Timothy Lafaele, 23 Akihito Yamada

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