Captain Deon Fourie scored a brace of tries as Stormers beat the Southern Kings 12-24 in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
Both teams are out of the running for this year’s title and were playing for pride.
Fourie scored his first try on the stoke of half-time to give the Stormers
an 11-9 lead at the break.
Earlier in the first half, the visitors scored points through Elton Jantjies
and Joe Pietersen — each kicking a penalty.
The accurate boot of Kings’ flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kept the home side in
touch with three well-taken penalties.
The second half was a ding-dong affair as Catrakilis kicked his fourth penalty
for the Kings and Jantjies two more for the visitors.
The Stormers finally took control in the 70th minute when Fourie crossed for
his second try.
Stormers captain Deon Fourie scored his two tries off driving mauls and flyhalf
Elton Jantjies kicked 11 points for the grinding win, lifting the Cape Town-based
Stormers to an 8-7 record in a disappointing campaign after it finished top
of the regular-season standings in 2012.
The Stormers’ faint hopes of forcing their way into the six-team playoffs had
been ended earlier Saturday with the Cheetahs’ win over New Zealand’s Blues.
The Kings’ points at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium came through four penalties
from No. 10 Demetri Catrakilis in a game that was still fierce and full of physical
confrontation despite it having no effect on the post-season playoffs.
Competition newcomers the Kings are in last place overall with one game to
go in their debut season – a visit to the Sharks – before a promotion-relegation
playoff against the Johannesburg-based Lions for a Super Rugby place after finishing
bottom of the South African conference.
Flank Fourie rumbled over at the back of a rolling maul a minute before halftime
and then broke off the back of a similar drive to force his way through a number
of tackles three minutes from the end, ensuring the Stormers improved their
win-loss record before they finish 2013 at home against the conference-leading
Bulls, a meeting of South Africa’s historic rivals and which could still affect
the Bulls’ push to finish top overall.
Final Score Southern Kings 12 (9) Stormers 24 (11)
Pen – D.Catrakilis 4
Cards – G.Kemp (yellow 24th min)
Tries – D.Fourie 2
Pen – E.Jantjies 3, J.Pietersen
Referee: Lourens van der Merwe
Assistant Ref 1:Marius Jonker
Assistant Ref 2:Christie du Preez
TMO : Deon van Blommenstein
SP Marais, Marcello Sampson, Ronnie Cooke, Andries Strauss (capt), Michael Killian, Demetri Catrakilis, Shaun Venter, Schalk Ferreira, Bandise Maku, Kevin Buys, Cornell du Preez, Darron Nell, David Bulbring, Wimpie van der Walt, Jacques Engelbrecht.
Replacements: Grant Kemp, Hannes Franklin, Steven Sykes, Devin Oosthuizen, Nicolas Vergallo, George Whitehead, Shane Gates.
15. Joe Pietersen (50th Stormers cap) , 14. Gio Aplon , 13. Juan de Jongh , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Bryan Habana (vice-captain) , 10. Elton Jantjies , 9. Louis Schreuder , 8. Nizaam Carr , 7. Don Armand , 6. Deon Fourie (captain) , 5. De Kock Steenkamp , 4. Eben Etzebeth , 3. Brok Harris , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff
Replacements : 16. Martin Bezuidenhout , 17. Pat Cilliers , 18. Gerbrandt Grobler , 19. Rynhardt Elstadt , 20. Nic Groom , 21. Gary van Aswegen , 22. Gerhard van den Heever
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