The Stormers won their second Super Rugby match of the season when they beat the Lions 18-3 at Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday.
The result stretches the Lions winless streak in Cape Town to seven matches as they last won in the city in February 2001. The loss is the third straight loss for the Lions after two home losses and now an away loss. The result ended a five-match sequence of defeats for the Stormers who by half time had run up an 18-0 lead and despite several gilt-edged opportunities they were unable to advance their score in the second period of play.
With that advantage under their belts, the Cape side managed to avenge their 34-10 defeat earlier in the season at Ellis Park. The Stormers served notice they were ready to turn their fortunes around when they poached an early Lions lineout. A third minute penalty by flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis gave the Stormers a 3-0 lead. Moments later, Catrakilis took a hard blow to the face and he was forced to retire from the match.
Fullback Peter Grant replaced him and substitute Jaco Taute slotted into the number 15 berth. The Lions managed to secure a fair amount of first-phase possession but errors crept into their play and they seldom managed to take play up to the Stormers’ half. Grant, who had taken over the place-kicking duties, banged over a 15th minute penalty to put the Stormers 6-0 ahead.
Stormers hooker Deon Fourie was yellow-carded in the 21st minute but the Lions failed to exploit the advantage. Their usually reliable goal-kicker Marnitz Boshoff missed a goalable penalty and Grant replied with a miss of his own. The Stormers managed the first try of the match when their forwards and backs combined well in movement sprung from their own 10 metre line.
After securing possession through several phases, right wing Damian de Allende rounded off to score the try. Grant’s 29th minute conversion failed. Six minutes later Stormers flanker Nizaam Carr was on hand to score his side’s try. This time Grant was on target with the conversion. Four minutes into the second half, flyhalf Boshoff goaled a 40m penalty to open the Lions’ scoring account .
Surprisingly, the Lions pulled off their match-winner Boshoff and replaced him with Elton Janjties on the hour mark. The Lions seemed to pick up a greater measure of cohesion in ensuing play and twice they came within a whisker of scoring, but could not crack the Stormers defence. The Lions have a bye next week before they start their tour of Australia and New Zealand against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
The Stormers head to Bloemfontein to play the Cheetahs next week.
Final Score Stormers 18 (18) Lions 3 (0)
Tries – D. de Allende . N.Carr
Pen – D.Catrakilis, P.Grant
Con – P.Grant
Cards – D.Fourie (21st min yellow)
Pen – M.Boshoff