CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, HOLINSHEAD! 34-22: Easy enough for the replacement.
FULL-TIME: STORMERS 34-22 HIGHLANDERS! A brilliant performance from the home side as they get an important victory at Newlands. They outdid the Highlanders in every aspect and look to be peaking at the perfect time.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TOKOLAHI! 34-20: Tokolahi eventually gets over for a consolation try but no celebrations from the away side.
The Highlanders are held up and will have a 5m scrum. Into the last 40 seconds.
The Highlanders try a chip and chase inside the 22m and Willemse gathers but they had an advantage and will have another go from a line-out.
The Highlanders win a penalty as Wiese is caught offside. They kick to touch.
Stormers knock the ball on at the line-out and the Highlanders have a scrum on the 10m line.
Big moment for Chad Solomon who comes on to make his Super Rugby debut as he replaced Pieter-Steph du Toit.
Some end to end stuff here as both teams not looking to give away possession and the Stormers try to run it from their own half before eventually clearing downfield via du Plessis and the Highlanders find touch inside the Stormers half.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, DU PLESSIS! 34-15: A great kick from out wide as du Plessis converts his own try.
TRY, STORMERS, DU PLESSIS! 32-15: The Stormers hit back once again! De Allende makes a great break before a great Naholo covering tackle slows it down but Jantjies quickly recycles wide and there are too many numbers which sees du Plessis go over.
The conversion is missed and a 12 point lead remains.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, NAHOLO! 27-15: Brilliant from the Highlanders as some slick handling sees them into a few gaps before Thompson is brought back and Naholo just picks up and dives over.
Highlanders go on the attack and Stormers knock it on while competing on the ground. Senatla down with some cramp but Dan Kriel has just replaced Engelbrecht which means the wing will need to try finish the match.
Coetzee knocks the ball on following a line-out steal and the Highlanders have a scrum just inside their own half.
PENALTY, STORMERS, DU PLESSIS! 27-10: Change of kicker but same result as du Plessis adds the three points.
Good play from the Stormers who win the ball and Lleyds kicks ahead which allows Senatla to chase. Hyland gathers and is dragged into touch.
Some changes for the Stormers as Fourie and du Plessis replace Kitshoff and Stander.
A penalty against the Highlanders for a late tackle and referee Berry correctly assumes they will have a kick at goal.
Stander doesn't have the distance and the Highlanders kick ahead and Stormers error means that the Highlanders will have a line-out on the halfway.
The Highlanders give away a penalty on the halfway after being offside from the kick ahead. Stormers will have a shot at goal.
Johan du Toit onto the field and immediately into the action as he contests the restart and wins a scrum for his side. Both du Toit brothers on the field now.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, STANDER! 24-10: Another solid kick from Stander who restores the 14 point lead.
TRY, STORMERS, WIESE! 22-10: The Stormers hit right back. They win the ball after a clearance from Smith before Lleyds makes a great run and offloads to Wiese who runs it in.
CONVERSION, HIGHLANDERS, BANKS! 17-10: Good kick from Banks who brings up 200 points in Supr Rugby for him and the Highlanders are back in it.
TRY, HIGHLANDERS, TOMKINSON! 17-8: The Highlanders hit back. Frizell drives up and Smith throws a flat pass to Tomkinson who goes low and gets over.
Kick off! Play back underway at Newlands.
Coetzee penalized for not supporting his body weight at the breakdown and the Highlanders will have a line-out inside the 22m. Another sub as Malherbe makes way fore Louw
The Highlanders win a line-out just above the Stormers 22m and have a good opportunity to get on the scoreboard.
Some confusion as Senatla somehow comes through a group of players with the ball and no one ahead of him and he goes over and dots ball but as expected we will go back and check.
The referee has called it back for a scrum with Stander judged to have knocked it on. Frizell is on in place of Lentjes.
The Highlanders win the ball from the Stormers line-out and Naholo tries to kick and chase but his kick drifted into touch on the full.
Smith takes the 22m quickly and the Highlanders get up to the halfway line before Banks attempts a crosskick which Senatla comfortably gathers before the Stormers win a penalty.
The Stormers win the turnover and Willemse kicks deep but its too far and the Highlanders dot down in their own in goal are for a 22m.
Stormers clear their lines and the Highlanders will start again from inside Stormers territory.
A great chance for the Highlanders after the line-out as Smith makes another break before getting it to Dixon but the Stormers get across well and eventually force the Highlanders into touch.
After a shaky start from both teams which saw a flurry of kicks, De Allende finally finds touch and the Highlanders have a line-out on the Stormers 10m line.
Kolisi's afternoon is over after he is down with a knee problem and the Stormers won't risk him as Notshe takes to the field.
The Highlanders looking to get some points before the break as they attack the Stormers line before Engelbrecht manages to drag Thompson into touch.
HALF-TIME: STORMERS 17-3 HIGHLANDERS! Half-time at Newlands and its been a great one for the hosts who head into the shed with a 14 point lead thanks to tries from Jantjiesd and Kolisi.
After a series of kicks, Willemse kicks ahead and regathers it as the Stormers work their way into the Highlanders half before Naholo wins a penalty for the away side.
The Highlanders clear deep and it looks like Faddes will not be returning to the field as Umaga-Jensen takes to the field instead following the 10-minute suspension.
The Stormers go on the attack from within their half. Lleyds make a good break before finding Ntubeni who loses it forward during the tackle from Naholo. A great passage of play for the home side at the moment.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, STANDER! 17-3: Another easy kick from Stander and Stormers well in control now.
TRY, STORMERS, KOLISI! 15-3: Fantastic from the Stormers as De Allende puts Kolisi in a gap from the line-out before he goes inside and outside and spins out of the tackle and dives over.
The Stormers win a penalty for holding on after a good tackle from Kolisi. Referee Nick Berry has some choice words for Smith who is complaining that he got in the way and it looks like there could also be an injury replacement.
Johnstone is on in place of Lienert-Brown who cannot continue.
Smith makes a great break before releasing Naholo who makes a huge hit on Willemse. Banks tries a crosskick and Hyland gathers before coming back to the righthand side and the Stormers knock it on.
The Stormers win the line-out and the forward go to work as they go through the phases. Stander puts in a crosskick for Willemse who can't take it cleanly and Highlanders win a scrum. Good defence by the away side.
Yellow card! Faddes is off after he lifted De Allende past the horizontal before dropping him on his head and he will sit on the side for 10 minutes.
Janjties goes on a sniping run before the Highlanders win it at the breakdown and kick deep. Stormers drive it up and another dangerous tackle from Highlanders. Referee Berry is going upstairs to have another look.
Another good kick from Stander to get the Stormers up the halfway line. 15 minutes left in the first half.
PENALTY, STORMERS, STANDER! 10-3: Easy kick for the flyhalf and he converts the penalty to extend the lead.
De Allende makes a good break from the scrum and they get into the 22m and win a penalty. Lleyds taps and goes and wins another penalty on the 5m and they will go for goal.
Lots of kicking and gathering right now following the kickoff. The Highlanders looked to attack and Lentjes knocks it on in the midfield.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, STANDER! 7-3: No problems from Stander and the Stormers surge into the lead.
The Stormers are over again this time through Jantjies after a brilliant move. Once again the onfield decision is a try but they want to check the grounding.
TRY, STORMERS, JANTJIES! 5-3: The try is awarded! Brilliant from the Stormers. Senatla comes in from the wing and makes a great break before Janjties supported him well and works his way over.
Franklin is the player down after a head clash but looks okay and will continue. Banks is lining up an attempt at goal.
PENALTY, HIGHLANDERS, BANKS! 0-3: Great kick from the halfway from Banks and the Highlanders take the lead.
The Stormers concede a penalty on the halfway line and time is off with a potential injury replacement for the Highlanders.
No try! Senatla appears to have been fractionally offside so the try will not stand and instead, the Highlanders have a penalty on the 22m which sees them get up to inside the Stormers half.
Engelbrecht knocks the ball on going for an interception and Highlanders will have a scrum on the halfway line.
Senatla is over after a great chip from De Allende and the crowd celebrates but the decision will go upstairs to check if he was onside.
The teams engage in a kicking battle before Faddes kicks it straight into touch and gifts the Stormers a line-out inside Highlanders territory.
Stormers win the scrum and Stander gets the ball up to the 10m line for a Highlanders line-out.
The Highlanders once again test Willemse who gathers well. Lleyds knocks it on which allows the Highlanders to attack. Naholo gets free on the wing and goes marauding down the wing. Lleys makes a brave tackle as Naholo tries to find Dixon but the pass is poor and is knocked on.
Ntubeni is okay to continue and Smith clears from the base of the scrum up towards the half way.
A solid scrum from the Stormers allows Stander to get the ball out wide but Senatla is bundled into touch. The Stormers win the ball from the line-out and but knock it on shortly after. Big worry for the home side as Ntubeni is down and looking in pain.
The Stormers win the ball from the breakdown following the line-out before the Highlanders knock the ball on during a Stormers attack. High tempo start to the match so far.
Stormers take the line-out quickly and the Highlanders charge down Standers kick which puts Willemse under pressure. he does well and they go wide before Kolisi's pass goes into touch.
Early test under the highball for Hyland who catches well and the Highlanders kick ahead which allows the Stormers to counter before the Highlanders themselves win the ball back which eventually sees Banks find touch.
Tomkinson bashes it up before Naholo gets an early chance to gain some yards. They go to the left and Faddes throws a loose path that drifts forward and out. Stormers opt for the line-out.
Kick off. Stander gets us underway.
Early mistake as Willemse is judged to have knocked on the ball from the Highlanders clearance kick and the away side will have an early setpiece inside the Stormers half.
Good afternoon and welcome to today's coverage as the Stormers host the Highlanders at Newlands.
15 Damian Willemse, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 JJ Engelbrecht, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Josh Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit (50th DHL Stormers cap), 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Kobus van Dyk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 23 Dan Kriel
15 Matt Faddes, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Patelesio Tomkinson, 11 Jordan Hyland, 10 Josh Ioane, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Elliot Dixon, 7 James Lentjes, 6 Luke Whitelock (captain), 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1 Daniel Lienert-Brown
Substitutes:16 Ash Dixon, 17 Ayden Johnstone, 18 Siate Tokolahi, 19 Josh Dickson, 20 Shannon Frizell, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Marty Banks, 23 Thomas Umaga-Jensen
The Highlanders have been boosted by the return of All Blacks winger Waisake Naholo which sees Sio Tomkinson shifted to centre while Jordan Hyland moves to wing. Elliot Dixon will start at the back of the scrum which means James Lentjes starts at flank.
For the Stormers, Scurra Ntubeni comes in for the injured Bongi Mbonambi which means there is a debut in waiting for Chad Solomon who is named as the reserve hooker. The only other change is Wilco Louw who comes onto the bench after recovering from injury.
The Stormers will be heading into the match with a lot of confidence after their 19-19 draw against the Crusaders last weekend while the Highlanders will be desperate to bounce back following their loss against the Lions at Emirates Airline Park.
Pieter-Steph du Toit runs out ahead of his team as he celebrates his 50th Super Rugby cap for the Stormers. Siya Kolisi leads the rest of the side out a few moments later and we almost ready for kick off.
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