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Waratahs win at Newlands

05th April 2014 19:53

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Peter Grant of the Stormers v Waratahs

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The Stormers will remain rooted to the bottom of the Super Rugby standings for at least another week after losing 22-11 to the Waratahs in Cape Town on Saturday.

Stormers fans were hoping for a return to winning ways after an extremely difficult overseas tour but Allister Coetzee's team put in an error-riddled display that heaps further pressure on the coaching staff and ends any hopes of a run at the play-offs.

The result is the Waratahs' first win at Newlands since 2006 and lifts them to fourth in the overall standings while the stone-last Stormers are now on a five-game losing streak with just one victory to show from seven starts.

A closely contested first-half end with the Waratahs leading 10-8 thanks to a opportunistic try from scrum-half Nick Phipps.

The Stormers had replied via a try from wing Kobus van Wyk, but would have been frustrated having left a few points by the wayside from the kicking tee.

The try-less second-half was a tale of the place-kickers as the Waratahs' sharpshooters punished the Stormers' repeated indiscretions.

Having repelled a fiery start and sustained pressure from the 'Tahs in the opening minutes, the Stormers were first to get on the scoreboard when Peter Grant bounced a penalty over off the upright.

But the visitors were first to cross the whitewash when Phipps pounced on a loose ball as it bobbled out the back of a Stormers scrum five metres from the hosts' try-line after Duane Vermeulen failed to control it. As soft tries go, it was borderline comical...but the Newlands faithful weren't laughing.

Bernard Foley converted to give the Waratahs a 7-3 lead at the end of the first quarter.

The reply from the Stormers wasn't long in coming though as Juan de Jongh sliced through the 'Tahs midfield to put Van Wyk away for a clinically executed try - the kind that has become a rarity in Cape Town in recent years.

Grant missed the conversion and a penalty a few minutes later after Kane Douglas was penalised for a high tackle, meaning Foley could put the visitors back in front when Ruan Botha was caught offside just before the break.

Kurtley Beale extended the lead with a long-range penalty early in the second half after Nizaam Carr was pinged for being offside before Foley's second penalty- against Steven Kitshoff for not scrummaging straight - gave the Waratahs an eight-point advantage with 30 minutes left on the clock.

The Stormers were denied a try when TMO Shaun Veldsman ruled that De Jongh had made a second movement on the ground when going for the line, but Grant was able to cut the gap with an easy penalty just before the hour mark.

Beale hit the target again from downtown as the Stormers scrum coughed up three more points before Foley's third penalty put the Australian up 22-11 going into the last ten minutes.

The Stormers desperately battled for a late consolation try but a series of poor passes and decisions left them with out losing bonus-point.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Try: Van Wyk
Pens: Grant 2

For Waratahs:
Try: Phipps
Con: Foley
Pens: Foley 3, Beale 2

Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (c), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Tazz Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Michael van der Spuy.

Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgeiter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sepoke Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson
Replacements: 16 Silatolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Patrick McCutcheon, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brendan McKibbin, 22 Matt Carraro, 23 Cam Crawford.

Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant Referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

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