Stormers hold off rallying Reds at Newlands
The Stormers held off a late fightback from the Reds to record a hard-fought 25-19 victory at Newlands.
Fly-half Damian Willemse kicked the home side ahead with an early penalty and was also involved in the move that led to Dewaldt Duvenage scoring the game’s opening try.
Wilco Louw then fought his way over from close range to extend Stormers’ lead, with the successful conversion making it 15-0 just before the half-hour mark.
Willemse added a further penalty but tries from Caleb Timu and Alex Mafi either side of the half-time break put the contest back in the balance in Cape Town.
Crucially, though, Stormers were the next to touch down, Raymond Rhule collecting Craig Barry’s grubber kick to stretch his team’s lead to nine points.
While Reds winger Filipo Daugunu scored a stunning solo try in the 80th minute to set up a frantic finish, Stormers stood firm to move clear of the Sharks in second place in the South African conference.
Full-time at #DHLNewlands and #DHLStormers have claimed a 25-19 victory against Reds to take their winning run at home this season to three games. #STOvRED #iamastormer #WeStandTogether
— DHL STORMERS (@THESTORMERS) March 24, 2018
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I suggest for an injection of rugby enthusiasm watch URC and Heineken Cup. Last night's game between campions Stormers and 15 on the trot unbeaten Leinster ended in a thrilling the draw in the worst possible rugby conditions producing seven tries, outstanding defence, and some really exciting running by both sides. Huge physicality, great set piece contests (virtually every lineout was contested), great maul, running, intercept and kick chase tries and just about everything one could want. One side 22 points adrift after 35 minutes only to go five up with ten to play putting on 27 unanswered points and then in the death an absolutely magic try levelling the score with an impossible kick in high wind being snatched away at the last second. all in front of a full house stadium and over half a million TV viewers. Now that is the game played in heaven - rugby.Go to comments
Nice one Nick. He actually reminds me of more physical David Knox - those deft passes to keep the defences guessing still burns in my memory.Go to comments