Cape Town - A 14-man DHL Stormers showed great fighting
spirit, but were unable to prevent the Waratahs claiming a tense 32-30
victory at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
As it happened: Stormers 30-32 Waratahs
The home side looked to have done enough to secure victory, but a
late try from Michael Hooper saw the visitors take the honours in a
It was just their third defeat of the season, but the bonus point
they earned sees them keep their place at the top of Africa conference
The Stormers took the game to the Waratahs early on and won two
penalties in opposition territory, but both attempts on goal from
flyhalf Jean-Luc du Plessis were wide of the mark.
Instead it was the Waratahs who opened the scoring, as centre Kurtley
Beale darted through to score the first try, which went unconverted for
a 5-0 lead.
However, the Stormers did not trail for long as a great flip pass
from Nic Groom saw Schalk Burger score under the poles to put them 7-5
The Stormers’ second try was sparked by a break from Pieter-Steph
du toit who surged into the Waratahs 22, and the big lock was on hand
to finish it off as well as he crashed over from close range shortly
The visitors had the final say before half-time, as an Israel Folau try saw them trail the Stormers 14-12 at the break.
The hosts were first to score in the second half through a Du Plessis
penalty, and the Waratahs responded soon afterwards with a penalty of
their own from Foley.
The flyhalves exchanged penalties once again before the DHL Stormers
were struck a major blow when wing Leolin Zas was shown a red card for
colliding with another player in the air.
Despite that setback, the Stormers were next to score through
another Du Plessis penalty, but the Waratahs would have the lead soon
afterwards as wing Rob Horne crossed for their third try to put them
However, the Stormers refused to lie down and after a powerful
maul had driven them into the opposition 22, Du Toit took matters into
his own hands and powered over for a try between the poles.
The Waratahs would have the final say when skipper Michael Hooper
forced his way over for a try at the death which saw them claim a
Burger, Du Toit 2
Du Plessis 3
Du Plessis 3
Beale, Folau, Horne, Hooper
15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (co-captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Schalk Burger, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe (co-captain), 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg
Substitutes: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 JD Schickerling, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Huw Jones
15 Andrew Kellaway, 14 Reece Robinson, 13 Israel Folau, 12 Kurtley Beale, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Jed Holloway, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Will Skelton, 4 David Dennis, 3 Tom Robertson, 2 Hugh Roach, 1 Paddy Ryan
Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Angus Ta’avao, 19 Sam Lousi, 20 Wycliff Palu, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 David Horwitz, 23 Matt Carraro