Ill discipline and lack of composure denies Stormers vital away win (18 – 17)

On a night when penalties were dished out like dry bread at a soup kitchen, it was the Blues who profited most. It was a match that had moments of brilliance, but was dominated by Stormers mistakes and the shrill blast of a whistle. Chris Noakes kicked a (Blues) record 6 penalties, which gave the home side a slim 1 point win, his opposite man Joe Peterson missed his first few, which halted Stormers’ momentum and ultimately cost them the match.Results

Charles Piatau was devastating, breaking the line at will, but the best back on display was veteran centre Jean De Villiers, who showed a clean pair of heels (at 31) to score a great solo try. The Blues will breathe a sigh of relief as they cemented there spot at the top of the New Zealand conference. The Stormers will rue not taking their chances, and if they miss out on a playoff spot by a couple of points, will look back at this match as the one that got away.

Blues: 18 (9)

Tries: –
Conversions: –
Penalties: Chris Noakes (6)

Stormers: 17 (3)

Tries: Jean de Villiers (2)
Conversions: Joe Pietersen (2)
Penalties: Joe Pietersen (1)

SGR

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