Blues weather the Storm

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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.

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