The Blues continued to show improvement and extend their winning record to three in a row after beating the DHL Stormers 24-9 on Saturday.
It was a huge surprise the way the Stormers started the game, going with spreading the ball through the hands.
In the first minute of the match they did not take a shot at goal, did not drive form attacking lineout twice and at the end left the Blues half with no points.
The Blues tried the same but handling from both teams let them down to really build moment to get over the line.
At the end after 12 minutes of throwing the ball around, the Stormers got a penalty and went for points which gave them a early 3-0 lead.
The Stormers extend their lead to 6-0 with another penalty before the Blues found the Stormers wanted out wide for Tanielu Tele’a to score in the corner.
There was some bad defence from De Allende in that first half but none more so in the attempt on Tele’a.
Twitter also did not missed that…
stormers tackle technique certainley is unique hey pic.twitter.com/Wv9qTIIa6M
— Oom Rugby (@Oom_Rugby) March 30, 2019
That gave the Blues a 7-6 lead and the tide turned firmly towards the Blues dominating proceedings. They had the better of the ball in hand and on attack in the last ten minutes.
Just before the break the Blues slotted another penalty to extend the lead to 10-6 and that is how the team went into the break as well.
The second half was almost a sevens like game with both teams trying to throw around the ball. Unfortunately they both lacked the skills to get anything form it.
It was the Stormers with a penalty from Du Plessis that open scoring in the second half reducing the lead to 10-9.
They had most of the ball and most of the opportunities but struggled to get over the line purely due to poor passes, poor decision making and poor game management.
The Stormers were asking questions all match but the Blues answered with some great defence in that second half.
A phenomenal effort goes unrewarded here as the ball is spread to the left.
With Leyds receiving, he chips downfield for the run of Stander who outpaces everyone, regathers and dives over after being set up from 55 metres out. It’s called back for a forward pass however, very unlucky.
The Blues found them with an attacking scrum in Stormers twenty two which brought Sonny Bill Williams in the game with a great break and the pass to send Black over.
That took their lead to 17-9.
The game then seemed to turn towards the Stormers when Tele’a was send off with a red card for a dangerous tackle on Leyds while he was jumping for the ball.
The Stormers decided to go for points and not the lineout drive and SP Marais missed a easy kick that left supporters stunt.
The Blues again took their chances and they sealed the game when Rieko Ioane went over to extend the lead to 24-9.
It was all over by then and although the Stormers tried very hard they just could not get over the Blues defence.
The Stormers will kick themselves not taking advantage of all the opportunities they had. Some serious questions needs to be asked about certain players form.
Blues – Tries: Tanielu Tele’a, Otere Black, Rieko Ioane. Conversions: Black (3). Penalty: Black.
Stormers – Penalties: Jean-Luc du Plessis (3).