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Match Report – Stormers show some teeth with win over Highlanders

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The Stormers played a great game on Saturday to beat the Highlanders with 34-22 on Saturday.

They had a mindset change playing a much better attacking style and scoring four tries as well.

Was a fast start from both sides trying to play with the ball but 50/50 passes just did not stick for both sides.

The game was very loose to start off with which did not help as well.

The Highlanders had a good opportunity down the line with Naholo speeding to the line just to see the ball knocked on again.

Senatla got over the line from a kick by De Allende but after a look by TMO it was found that he was in front of the kicker.

The Highlanders started to play more closer to the rucks and forced some penalties agains the home side.

The Highlanders were first with points on the board when they kicked a penalty from the halfway line but was quickly counter after Senatla broke through to send Jantjies over for the first try.

This gave the Stormers a 7-3 lead after 19 minutes.

The Stormers found them in the Highlanders twenty again and forced a penalty to extend the lead to 10-3.

The Highlanders was reduced to 14 players when  Matt Faddes did a tip tackle on De Allende and count himself lucky not to get a red.

It was the captain Kolisi that got the Stormers second try through some brilliant play to extend their lead to 17-3.

De Allende had a great first half dominating play everytime he had hands on the ball as the Stormers took a 17-3 lead at the break.

The Highlanders were first to score in the second half with Thomkinson crashing over after a drive form the lineout.

This reduce the lead to 17-10.

It was Leyds with a beautiful dummy and break to send Wiese over for the Stormers third try and a lead of 24-10.

DU Plessis who came on for Stander got a penalty over to extend the lead again for the home side to 27-10.

With the game again getting loose the Highlanders showed some nice skill and hands to get Naholo over for another try. This reduce the lead to only 27-15 with 11 minutes to go.

The Stormers hit back immediately with De Allende breaking through the Highlanders line with Du Plessis at the end after a ruck close to the Highlanders line.

This gave the Stormers a good 34-15 lead with 9 to go.

The Highlanders got a try after the hooter but it did not matter much as they will be going away without any points.

The Stormers with the win but without a bonus point which could haunt them at the end.

Scorers:

Stormers Stormers  34 22  Highlanders Highlanders

Stormers: Tries: Herschel Jantjies, Siya Kolisi, Cobus Wiese, Jean-Luc du Plessis Conversions: Josh Stander (3), Jean-Luc du Plessis Penalties: Josh Stander, Jean-Luc du Plessis

Highlanders: Tries: Patelesio Tomkinson, Waisake Naholo,  Conversions: Marty Banks (2) Penalties: Marty Banks

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  1. Herschel janties, leyds, Willemste all knocking on door for Boks.

    Kolisi, de Allende and kitshoff can take RWC by storm

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  2. @cab: hi Cab, I thought Kitsie was a bit tired – he needs to rest between now and WC, else he will just fade away. Jantjies is best we have by far (will support Faf well). Locks and Centres I have some concern.

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  3. Agree Bekke – prefer to see some of those players rested.

    Locks and centers we sitting well.
    Lock: yster psdt mostert Elstadt RG LDJ – don’t think anyone got better locks. Centers also good. DDA and Kriel looking good, esterhuizen is too, but I’d go with dda and kolbe – will be devastating imo – no one can touch kolbe.

    For me it’s a lack of world class experienced depth at 9 and wing.

    1. Kitsie 2 Marx 3. Louw 4. Yster 5. PSDT
    6 kolisi 7. JLDP 8. Thor

    9. Faf 10. Pollord
    12. DDA 13. Kolbe
    11. Aphiwe 14. Sbu 15. WLR

    16. Beast 17. Bongi/brits 18. Malherbe/koch 19. Elstadt 20. Velleman 21. Herschelle 22. Willemse 23. Kriel

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