Stormers smash Chiefs and lay down a marker

The Stormers took a huge step towards the Super 14 play-off when they hammered last season’s finalists 15-49 in Hamilton and secured a bonus point victory.


The result sees the Stormers take the top spot in the Super 14 with matches to come.


The Stormers completely outplayed the Chiefs in just about every facet of the game. They also outscored their opponents by six tries to two.


Over the last two weeks the Stormers have moved the ball around cosiderably more than they did when they were at home in Cape Town and this has added a very sharp edge on attack and taken nothing away from their defence.


After this complete performance the Stormers are quite possibly the team to beat in the Super 14.


Lock Andries Bekker and hooker Tiaan Liebenberg scored tries and helped set up several others.


Liebenberg scored the third and Bekker the fifth of the Stormers’ six tries as the South African side overwhelmed last year’s finalists to move into first place with a 7-2 record and 33 points on the table.


Springboks winger Bryan Habana, with help from Bekker and Liebenberg, scored what may have been the try of the season in the 22nd minute when the ball passed through more than a dozen pairs of hands.


The try-scoring movement began with fullback Geo Aplon and spread across the field as center Jaque Fourie handled twice and Bekker and Liebenberg were involved before Habana scored near the left-hand corner.


Bekker also played a part in Liebenberg’s try in the 44th minute, then scored himself in the 62nd minute.


“I’m really proud of the boys,” Stormers captain Schalk Burger said.


“It’s really hard in this competition to go back to back so it’s really good to do it tonight.”


The Stormers have beaten the Blues and the Chiefs in successive matches in New Zealand and next face the Reds in Brisbane before returning to South Africa for the last three rounds of the season.


The Stormers took a 27-10 lead which increased with later tries to Sireli Naqelevuki, Bekker and replacement hooker Deon Fourie.


Fullback Tim Nanai-Williams scored a late try for the Chiefs.


Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant kicked eight out of 10 attempts for 19 points, building on last week’s performance when he kicked seven goals from seven attempts.


Final Score Chiefs 15 Stormers 49


Tries -T. Latimer, T Nanai-Williams 
Pen – S Donald
Con – S. Donald
Drop –
Cards –  Vern Kamo(79) yellow

Tries – B Habana , D Vermeulen, T Liebenberg, S.Naqelevuki, A Bekker, D Fourie
Pen – P. Grant 3
Con – P. Grant 5
Drop –
Cards –

Match Officials
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Bryce Lawrence (New Zealand), Shane McDermott (New Zealand)
Television match official: Glenn Newman (New Zealand)


Chiefs : 15 Tim Nanai-Williams, 14 Lelia Masaga, 13 Richard Kahui, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Dwayne Sweeney, 10 Mike Delany, 9 Brendon Leonard, 8 Sione Lauaki, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam (c), 5 Culum Retallick, 4 Craig Clarke, 3 Ben Afeaki, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Toby Smith.

Reserves: 16 Vern Kamo, 17 Nathan White, 18 Romana Graham, 19 Colin Bourke, 20 Junior Poluleuligaga, 21 Callum Bruce, 22 Jackson Willison.

Stormers : 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Sireli Naqelevuki, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10

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