Stormers
30 - 22
Result
Blues
Blow by Blow
80 SP Marais fails with the shot at goal and the siren goes and final whistle is blown. The Stormers win a scrappy affair 30-22 thanks to a strong second-half performance. Thanks for joining is.
80 SP Marais intercepts a Blues pass and kicks the ball down field, but he is held back and the players are called back for a Stormers penalty.
77 PENALTY, STORMERS, MARAIS! 30-22.
76 From a scrum deep inside the Blues 22 the Stormers win a penalty as the Blues are penalised for offside. Kolisi points to goal.
74 PENALTY, BLUES, BRYN GATLAND! 27-22.
71 CONVERSION, MARAIS! 27-19.
70 TRY, STORMERS, NOTSHE! 25-19: The try by Sikhumbuzo Notshe stands as the TMO rules there was no double movement in the lead-up to the try.
70 A break down the left touchline by Jano Vermaak takes play back into the Blues 22. He offloads to Siya Kolisi, but the flanker can't get the final pass away and is brought down. They go right from the ruck and Damian de Allende is stopped just short, but Sikhumbuzo Notshe manages to ground the ball on the line. The on-field call is try, but the referee decides to refer it to the TMO.
68 From a lineout the Stormers attack down wide but a handling error sees them concede possession, allowing the Blues to get out of their 22.
67 Matt Duffie is sent off with a red for his second yellow card after he dived down and fell on Cheslin Kolbe, who was lying on the ground.
67 The Blues go to the left wing from the scrum before the Stormers turn it over. SP Marais breaks and gives to Damian de Allende who offloads to Cheslin Kolbe. The winger is brought down on the right hand touchline, but play is called back for a Stormers penalty.
65 The Blues have a lineout in Stormers territory. They try to find a way through but a loose pass leads to a knock by the Stormers resulting in a Blues scrum.
61 CONVERSION, MARAIS! 20-19.
60 TRY, STORMERS, LEYDS! 18-19: Dillyn Leyds takes the penalty quickly with a tap and go, catching the Blues defenders off guard as he goes over to score.
59 The Stormers turn the ball over inside the Blues 22 and build 16 phases but still can't get through before they throw a loose pass, but the ref was playing advantage.
57 The Stormers make their way into the Blues 22 and almost score in the corner but SP Marais holds onto the ball instead of passing it to his left. The Stormers go right this time but a pass from Etzebeth to Kolisi is too hard and the ball spills forward.
56 The Blues have possession in midfield and take play left, but Treeby intercepts a pass before handing off to Damian de Allende.
54 PENALTY, STORMERS, MARAIS! 13-19.
50 The Blues keep the pressure on the Stormers 5 metres out, but Williams loses the ball in a tackle allowing Leyds to find touch down field.
47 Shaun Treeby is penalised for connecting Piers Francis with a swinging arm in the tackle, which almost knocks him out cold. The centre escapes a yellow card. The Blues have a penalty.
46 CONVERSION, FRANCIS! 10-19.
45 TRY, BLUES, GIBSON! 10-17: From the lineout the Blues set up a few rucks. Sonny Bill Williams picks the ball up from one 5 metres out and manages an offload to Blake Gibson who goes over.
44 From a scrum the Blues kick down field. SP Marais collects and gives to Kolbe on his outside, who is tackles into touch before he can kick the ball away.
403 A crucial try just before half time sees the Stormers trail by only two points at the break.
402 CONVERSION, SP MARAIS! 10-12.
401 The Stormers get the second half underway.
401 TRY, STORMERS, KOLISI! 8-12: From the lineout Treeby almost scores, but he offloads to Dillyn Leyds to makes it to the poles before Kolisi drives over from close range.
40 The Stormers enjoy a good period of possession and doing well to keep the ball alive in the Blues half. Shaun Treeby is tackles high as Kolisi opts for a lineout 5 metres out.
36 The Blues win a lineout in Stormers territory, but a handling error sees them concede possession as a pass fails to go to hand.
34 Piers Francis fails to add the extras.
33 TRY, BLUES, PARSONS! 3-12: From the scrum Sonny Bill Williams takes the ball up. The Blues recycle and eventually a pass from Charlie Faumuina to James Parsons sees the hooker dive over in the corner for a try.
31 A clever kick through by Augustine Pulu has a tricky bounce for Cheslin Kolbe, which allows the Blues to kick it forward before SP Marais slides in and falls on the ball to stop the try. However, he is penalised for holding on as the Blues opt for a scrum 5 metres out.
28 SP Marais misses a penalty attempt as it drifts to the right.
26 A rush tackle by Siya Kolisi forces a forward pass by the Blues, resulting in a scrum just inside the visitors half.
23 CONVERSION, FRANCIS! 3-7.
22 TRY, BLUES, MOALA! 3-5: From the scrum 5 metres out the Blues go left but can't get over. They decide to go the opposite direction and a gap is exploited by George Moala who scores.
21 Eben Etzebeth is sent off for starting the scuffle against Akira Ioane and striking him in the face with an open hand.
21 A break from a ruck by Rieko Ioane takes play up into Stormers territory. Sonny Bill Williams makes a similar break before a scuffle between the players has the ref refer the incident to the TMO.
19 The Blues have a scrum inside the Stormers half. A cross field kick fionds touch, but SP Marais takes it quickly and kicks down field.
15 The Blues defence holds and after Olli Kebble takes it up he gets isolated allowing Steven Luatua to gets his hands on the ball and force a turnover.
14 From the 5 metre lineout the Stormers try and maul over the line but they end up short, resulting in a 5 metre scrum.
12 Matt Duffie is penalised and sent to the sin bin for offside as the referee argues the Blues have conceded four penalties in a very short space of time.
11 The Blues are penalised for collapsing the maul, resulting in a Stormers lineout 5 metres out.
10 The Stormers find touch after the penalty for a lineout, but they lose the ball in the air. A box kick sees Cheslin Kolbe collect the ball but he is tackled high for another Stormers penalty. Again they find touch down field.
8 From the lineout the Blues take the ball up. They make some ground before a loose ball is kicked away by the hosts. Pieter-Steph du Toit competed well at the breakdown to win the penalty.
7 From a lineout the Stormers kick down field. The kick is returned before Dillyn Leyds calls for the mark. He kicks again and finds touch this time for a Blues lineout.
4 PENALTY, STORMERS, MARAIS! 3-0.
1 Piers Francis takes the kick-off for the Blues.
0 Blues: 15 Melani Nanai, 14 Matt Duffie, 13 George Moala, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Rieko Ioane, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Augustine Pulu, 8 Akira Ioane, 7 Blake Gibson, 6 Steven Luatua, 5 Scott Scrafton, 4 Gerard Cowley-Tuioti, 3 Charlie Faumuina, 2 James Parsons (c), 1 Ofa Tu’ungafasi Replacements: 16 Hame Faiva, 17 Alex Hodgman, 18 Sione Mafileo, 19 Patrick Tuipulotu, 20 Kara Pryor, 21 Sam Nock, 22 Bryn Gatland, 23 Michael Collins
0 Stormers: 15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Shaun Treeby, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Dillyn Leyds, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Siya Kolisi (c), 6 Kobus van Dyk, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Jano Vermaak, 22 Brandon Thomson, 23 Damian de Allende
0 Blues head coach Tana Umaga has named All Black centre Sonny Bill Williams in his starting XV. Williams missed last week’s home match against the Cheetahs with concussion, but has been fully cleared to play in South Africa. Fellow All Black Ofa Tu’ungafasi gets his second start of the season after his strong performance coming on for the injured Pauliasi Manu in the win over the Cheetahs at Eden Park last weekend. The only other change from the starting line-up that beat the Cheetahs sees Gerard Cowley-Tuioti return to partner fellow in-form lock Scott Scrafton with All Black Patrick Tuipulotu to add real thrust off the bench. Piers Francis, who came off with injury at half-time last weekend, has recovered sufficiently to be named to start at fly-half, with Bryn Gatland returning to the squad in the reserves. Melani Nanai, who has bagged five tries this season, retains his spot at full-back with Michael Collins to come off the bench.
0 Springbok tight forwards Frans Malherbe, Eben Etzebeth and Pieter-Steph du Toit are all in the Stormers starting side to face the Blues. Locks Etzebeth and Du Toit have both recovered from injury niggles whilst tighthead prop Malherbe was rested against the Hurricanes before last week’s bye as part of the Springbok management plan. As a result Wilco Louw and Jan de Klerk will feature off the replacements bench, with the only other change to the forward pack coming at loosehead prop where Oli Kebble switches with Ali Vermaak to claim the starting spot. In the backline Dillyn Leyds steps into the fly-half role he performed in Wellingon when Rob du Preez was forced from the field with a torn pectoral muscle and a fit-again Seabelo Senatla takes his place out on the left wing. Experienced centre Damian de Allende returns from an ankle injury to feature on the replacements bench alongside Brandon Thomson who will provide fly-half cover for the clash with the Auckland side.
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