STORMERS NARROWLY BEAT HURRICANES
By: Kwazi Dlamini
The Stormers got their first win in the Super Rugby after defeating the Hurricanes in a hard–fought 19-18 victory in Newlands Stadium Friday afternoon.
The Wellington based club sufferedits second defeat after they lost to Cell C Sharks last week.
The Hurricanes started the match on a positive note as they were trying to worm their way through the opponent’s defence, their efforts didn’t last long as the Stormers took the lead just 7 minutes into the game after they got a penalty which was converted by their Flyhalf Demtri Catrakilis.
Stormers seemed very strong as their second attempt of the game also resulted in a penalty for the home side also converted by Catrakilis.
The home side had a chance to land a try after a good play by their captain Jean De Villiers but Deon Fourie lost the ball just few yards into try line. The Hurricanes got back to the game after their captain Conrad Smith set up Julian Savea who was making a good run in the left flank and landed a try for the Canes.
Beauden Barrett the man who scored most tries in 2013 and scored the conversion to give the visitors the lead. Second try for the visitors came in after superb teamwork got Cory Jane running freely on the right flank to land the last try for the side but Barrett missed the conversion.
During halftime break Stormers captain De Villiers said, “We were making silly mistakes, dropping the ball when it matters the most but hopefully we will regroup and try to put it together.”
The game went to halftime with the Hurricanes leading 12-6.
Stormers got two more penalties in the second half, which were both scored by Catrakilis. Barrett stretched the visitors lead when he also slotted two more penalties giving them an 18-12 lead.
Late try for the home side by Deon Fourie after a line-out, Catrakilis slotted the conversion to give his team a one point lead.