Chiefs End Stormers’ Unbeaten Run

An impressive all round display helped the Chiefs claim a 28-19 Vodacom Super Rugby victory against the Stormers in Cape Town on Saturday.  The first points of the contest went to the away side. Aaron Cruden with the three points after Duane Vermeulen was penalised for a ruck infringement.  Kurt Coleman then missed his first attempt at goal but made up for it in the 15th minute to give the Cape Town franchise their first points.

Five minutes later and things got even better for the home side with Kobus Van Wyk dotting down for the opening try after some good work from Damian De Allende.  Coleman made no mistake with the conversion and then added another penalty to give Allister Coetzee’s charges a 13-3 lead.  The Waikato franchise did not panic and responded well with a converted try from Cruden.

Further penalties from Coleman and Cruden gave the Stormers a 16-13 lead at half-time.  The first half was action packed and the crowd didn’t have to wait long for the second half to follow suit as the visitors scored a beautiful try in the 48th minute.  The ball was passed through several Chiefs players before Cruden offloaded to James Lowe who crossed over for the five-pointer.

Cruden converted and added another three points with a penalty to give his team a 23-16 lead.  Demetri Catrakilis narrowed the gap to four points with a penalty but a well worked try from Sam Cane put the game to bed in the 72nd minute.  Despite late pressure from the home side the New Zealanders held on to claim an impressive 28-19 victory and end the Stormers unbeaten run.