Blues weather the Storm

Sport
Stormers player Gio Aplon (2nd L) is tackled by Auckland Blues player Rene Ranger (L) during their Super 15 rugby match at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland on May 3, 2013. Picture: AFP PHOTO / Michael BRADLEY

Albany, New Zealand – The Blues escape with a 18-17 win over the Stormers, after the Cape side made a valiant comeback in the second half.

In a physical battle in which only two tries were scored, it was the Stormers' lack of discipline that saw them lose. The Blues were awarded seven penalties in the game, and a brilliant kicking performance by Chirs Noakes saw the fly half convert six of them.

Fifteen minutes from time, the Stormers mounted an aggressive comeback, and were rewarded with the match’s first try, Jean de Villers putting it over the line for the visitors.

The Stormers captain then scored another try minutes from time. Attacking from inside their own half, the center broke through a tackle and raced to the try-line.

But the Blues were able to hang on, despite a determined Stormers outfit, who pressured them in the dying seconds of the match.

-eNCA

COMMENTS

     

LATEST STORIES

Parents of victims of South Korea's ferry disaster assaulted a top official on Thursday, accusing him of lying about efforts to retrieve bodies still trapped in the submerged ship.
An initiative to speed up transformation in the real estate agency sector was launched by Human Settlements Minister Connie September in Johannesburg on Thursday.
Some Transnet pensioners are left with R1 after their medical aid deductions, the Freedom Front Plus said on Thursday.

TOP STORIES view all

Punches are being thrown at all politicians in a "boxing match" ahead of the May 7 general election, EFF leader Julius Malema said on Thursday.
As South Africa heads into winter and temperatures start to drop, the first snow falls are happening in parts of the country.
UK police are remaining tightlipped about their investigation into the death of three children at their home in New Malden, south of London.

NEWS STREAMcloseview all

This is the overlay

eNCA Subscriptions

Close