Stormers hold off Force in Perth

Date published: April 18 2015

The Stormers' recent resurgence continued when they secured a 13-6 victory over the Western Force in Perth on Saturday.

As the scoreline suggests, and manyy who bet on sport will insist, it wasn't plain sailing and they had to repel a big second half fightback from the home side who couldn't round off several attacks inside the Stormers' 22.

Although they had to work hard, the result was a fitting reward for the men from the Cape as it means they finished their overseas tour on a high with their second win in as many weeks – they also beat the Waratahs in Sydney last weekend – after they lost to the Highlanders and the Hurricanes during the New Zealand leg of their Australasian trip.

The Stormers started the game brightly and took a 3-0 lead via a Demetri Catrakilis penalty. This came after they took the ball through eight phases from the kick-off, but the home side struck back shortly afterwards when Luke Burton also succeeded with a shot from the kicking tee.

The visitors regained the lead after a dominant scrum close to the Force's tryline saw referee Mike Fraser award them a penalty try which Catrakilis converted.

The Force were struggling during the early exchanges and their cause wasn't helped when their captain Sam Wykes hobbled off with a leg injury in the 20th minute.

Five minutes before that, the visitors missed a golden opportunity to extend their lead when Schalk Burger put Kobus van Wyk into a gap.

Despite that setback they remained competitive and although the Stormers held the upper hand for the rest of the half the Force were the only side to score points via another Burton penalty in the 36th minute.

There was little action of note in a second half which was a war of attrition as both sides tried to gain the ascendancy, but solid defence from both sides meant neither side managed to cross the whitewash.

Burton had a chance to narrow the deficit to three points in the 47th minute but his shot at goal hit an upright. The Stormers game-breakers, Damian de Allende and Cheslin Kolbe, came to the fore with some telling breaks but the visitors couldn't convert such enterprising play into points.

The Force threw everything into their attack in a bid to win their first game since Round 1 but they too will rue their poor finishing. Dane Haylett-Petty crossed the advantage line on several occasions with several sniping runs from the back and Ben McCalman also looked dangerous with ball in hand.

Burton was yellow carded for cynical play on defence close to his tryline and Kurt Coleman slotted the resulting penalty which were the only points of the second half.

Haylett-Petty came close to scoring a try in injury time – which could have earned the Force a draw if converted – but after checking with the television match official, referee Mike Fraser ruled that he was held up by the defence.

The scorers:

Pens: Burton 2
Yellow Card: Burton

For Stormers:

Try: Penalty Try
Con: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis, Coleman

Western Force: 15 Dane Haylett-Petty, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Kyle Godwin, 12 Luke Burton, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Sias Ebersohn, 9 Alby Mathewson, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Chris Alcock, 6 Steve Mafi, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Sam Wykes (c), 3 Tetera Faulkner, 2 Nathan Charles, 1 Pekahou Cowan.
Replacements: 16 Heath Tessmann, 17 Chris Heiberg, 18 Oliver Hoskins, 19 Ross Haylett-Petty, 20 Angus Cottrell, 21 Ian Prior, 22 Zack Holmes, 23 Marcel Brache.

Stormers: 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh (c), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Ali Vermaak, 18 Vincent Koch, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Huw Jones.

Referee: Mike Fraser