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Tim Swiel's penalty earns the Stormers comeback Rainbow Cup win over the Lions

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Tim Swiel held his nerve to score the decisive penalty as the Stormers staged a dramatic late fightback to beat the Lions 39-37 at Ellis Park.

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The Lions had looked set to clinch victory in their Rainbow Cup clash after edging into a 37-29 lead with less than five minutes to play.

But centre Dan Du Plessis scored a try to round off a brilliant move which began deep in his side’s own half, with Swiel converting to make it a one-point game.

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The Stormers, who trailed 22-15 at half-time, pushed forward once more and were rewarded with the decisive penalty, which Swiel converted from mid-range.

Swiel’s heroics handed the Stormers their first win in the competition after two defeats, while the Lions have now lost three games in a row.

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