Sigh of relief from Stormers

10th Mar 2013, 12:14

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Off the mark: Siya Kolisi in action

Off the mark: Siya Kolisi in action

Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers was relieved his team ended their two-match losing streak after edging past the Chiefs on Saturday.

Stormers skipper Jean de Villiers was relieved his team ended their two-match losing streak after edging past the Chiefs on Saturday.

Last year's SA conference winners finally came good in this season's Super Rugby tournament when they scraped home with a 36-34 win over their New Zealand opponents.

After losing their first two matches of the season, the Stormers ran in three tries en route to their first victory - although uncharacteristically they conceded four tries, with the Chiefs securing a couple of bonus points.

"We were relieved after this win," said De Villiers.

"It was a massive effort by the team.

"There was a lot of pride at stake. The players were willing to play for each other, and for the team.

"The Chiefs are a great side, they're the champions and the result could easily have gone another way."

The Stormers lost Springbok wing Bryan Habana half-way through the match after he injured his left knee, but managed to shake off the setback as well as a late surge from the Chiefs to hang on for a well-earned win.

"We've played for a win since the start of the season and it's pleasing when you can turn things around," said coach Allister Coetzee.

"At the start of the day we had a few guys (Habana and Deon Fourie) down with gypo guts (gastrointestinal illness) and that was a concern. But there was a massive improvement in our execution."