The DHL Stormers suffered their first home loss of the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season, going down 11-22 to the Waratahs at DHL Newlands on Saturday.
The Stormers were at home for the first time since the end of February (for just the second time this season), and after a tough four-match tour in New Zealand and Australia, but they were not able to make home advantage county on the night in front of just over 25,000 fans.
Both teams scored just one try each, in a physical encounter, but the visitors relied heavily on the boots of flyhalf Bernard Foley and fullback Kurtley Beale, who, between them, kicked five penalty goals.
Outside centre Juan de Jongh was a shining light for the DHL Stormers, causing havoc in the midfield and setting up a first-half try for right-wing Kobus van Wyk, but the hosts were unable to keep the scoreboard ticking over in the face of the ‘Tahs’ determined defence.
Flyhalf Peter Grant kicked two penalty goals for the hosts, but those penalties from Foley and Beale were too much in the end for the DHL Stormers, who have a bye next week.
The DHL Stormers’ next game is against the Lions at DHL Newlands on Saturday, April 19.
For the DHL Stormers:
Try: Van Wyk
Pens: Grant 2
For the Waratahs:
Pens: Foley 3, Beale 2
DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Louis Schreuder, 8 Duane Vermeulen (captain), 7 Siya Kolisi, 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Tazz Fuzani, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Nic Groom, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Michael van der Spuy.
Waratahs: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Alofa Alofa, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Jono Lance, 11 Peter Betham, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Dave Dennis (captain), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Jacques Potgieter, 5 Kane Douglas, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 Benn Robinson.
Replacements: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 Jeremy Tilse, 18 Paddy Ryan, 19 Pat McCutcheon, 20 Stephen Hoiles, 21 Brandon McKibbin, 22 Matt Carraro, 23 Cam Crawford.
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Mike Fraser (New Zealand), Quinton Immelman (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)