Stormers 14 - 19 Crusaders

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Date: 30/03/2013 KO: 17:10

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TriesKolisi (14)PenaltiesPietersen (9, 22, 57)



TriesTodd (25)ConversionsBleyendaal (26)PenaltiesBleyendaal (30, 37, 54, 70)

FT (ht: 11-13)

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  • Stormers 14 Crusaders 19

  • There are some heart-stopping moments here as the Stormers go in search of a try but the Crusaders defend manfully as Bekker, De Villiers, Damian de Allende and Brok Harris are all stopped short of the line! The ball goes out to Pietersen, who is bundled into touch, close to the corner flag, by three defenders! That's the ball game as referee Craig Joubert blows his whistle to bring proceedings to a close. What a frenetic end to this match, but in the end, it's the Crusaders' defence that pulled them through!

  • The Crusaders try to clear their line from a scrum inside their 22. The ball comes out to Tom Marshall but his kick slices off his boot and they gain very little ground.

  • The Stormers are trying desperately to get something from this match. They attack deep inside the Crusaders' 22 and take the ball through nine phases until Deon Fourie knocks on!

  • Taufua is penalised for not rolling away after making a tackle. Pietersen puts the ball out inside the Crusaders' 22.

  • PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 14-19. Bleyendaal adds another three-pointer after Brok Harris is penalised for a scrum infringement.

  • Jordan Taufua comes on as a replacement for Luke Whitelock. He makes an immediate impact when he carries the ball strongly across the gain line.

  • Ryan Crotty does well when he gathers a loose pass from Fruean and spins out of two tackles before going to ground.

  • Nic Groom does well with a clearance kick, from deep inside his 22, which goes into touch just inside the Crusaders' half.

  • Bleyendaal keeps the Stormers on the back-foot when he puts a cross kick into touch inside the home side's 22.

  • PENALTY, STORMERS, PIETERSEN! 14-16. Pietersen cancels out Bleyendaal's penalty after Luke Whitelock is pinned for going off his feet at a ruck.

  • PENALTY, CRUSADERS, BLEYENDAAL! 11-16. Bleyendaal makes theStormers pay for Vermeulen's indiscretion when he slots the place-kick!

  • YELLOW CARD, STORMERS, VERMEULEN! Duane Vermeulen will spend the next 10 minutes on the sidelines after he is sent off for a tip-tackle on Zac Guilford.

  • The Stormers are under the cosh at a scrum inside their 22. The Crusaders attack with Robbie Fruean but he is brought to ground by a brave tackle, in front of the posts, by Elton Jantjies!

  • The Crusaders are on the attack inside the Stormers' 22. They take the ball through an incredible 26 phases! The home side's defence is resilient, however, and manage to weather the storm!

  • The Stormers attack with their forwards and Duane Vermeulen carries strongly. It takes a two defenders to bring him to ground but he has won valuable ground for his side.

  • Bleyendaal launches another tactical kick behind the Stormers' defensive line but Pietersen's positioning is excellent and he returns that kick with one of his own which sails into touch close to the halfway line.

  • Tyler Bleyendaal gets the second half started with a kick which De Kock Steenkamp gathers. He sets up a ruck and the ball comes out to Joe Pietersen who boots the ball upfield.

  • Stormers 11 Crusaders 13

  • Dewald Duvenhage hoists a box kick which Tom Marshall gathers inside his 22. He puts the ball into touch and the hooter goes to signal half-time. It's been a half where the Stormers started brightly but the Crusaders have come back strongly during the latter stages and go into the break with a slender lead.


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