DHL Stormers Their Own Worst Enemy In Loss Against Cardiff

 

The DHL Stormers lost their fourth match in a row, their worst-ever sequence in the United Rugby Championship, against Cardiff who clawed their way back into the game after trailing 14-00 after 12 minutes of play. Cardiff took the lead for the first time in the match after they scored their 4th try when time was already up to secure a 31-24 win.

The Stormers were brilliant in the first 15 minutes of the match and led 14-00 after two dominant tries. However, thereafter, Cardiff found their rhythm and clawed their way back into the game to trail 14-17 going into the halftime break. The second half was an arm wrestle and Cardiff levelled the scores after 24 minutes of play. A late try following a silly mistake by Blommetjies eventually secured a bonus point win for the hosts.

The Stormers had a confident start and the try by Andre-Hugo Venter was just a reward for the visitors. Venter peeled off the back of a 5m lineout-maul to score in the corner. The Stormers lead 07-00 after just 4 minutes of play.

The Stormers continued their early onslaught and following several failed attempts to cross Cardiff's tryline Ruhan Nel stepped his way past several defenders on his way to the tryline to extend the Stormers' lead to 14-00 after 12 minutes of play in the first half.

A brilliant grubber by Tinus de Beer was pounced on by Gabriel Hamer-Webb to score Cardiff's first try of the match after 24 minutes of play in the first half. Cardiff was slowly clawing their way back into the game that was dominated by their visitors for the first 15 minutes of the match.

Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu replied immediately and converted a penalty to extend the Sormers lead to 10 points.

Cardiff has clearly found their rhythm and closed the gap to just 3 points when captain Liam Belcher bulldozed his way over the Stormers' tryline to trial 14-17 with 5 minutes left to play in the first half.

The Stormers started the second half similar to the first half, however, their 3rd try and Ruhan Nel's 2nd was the result of great handling and interplay by their backs to extend their lead to 24-14 with 30 minutes left to play in the second half.

However, Cardiff replied 3 minutes later with their 3rd try when big winger, Mason Grady brushed aside several Stormers defenders to once again reduce their visitors lead to just 3 points.

The arm wrestle continued, however, Cardiff applied a lot of pressure and levelled the scores after 24 minutes of play in the second half when Tinus de Beer converted his first penalty of the match.

The Stormers stepped up the pace of their attack, unfortunately, several handling errors kept them from scoring the match-winning points.

A silly handling mistake by Blommetjies gifted Cardiff an attacking scrum 8 meters from the Stormer's try line. Cardiff attacked from the scrum and scored their 4th and bonus point try to deservedly win 31-24.

Scorers:
Cardiff: Tries: Gabriel Hamer-Webb, Liam Belcher, Mason Grady, Rhys Litterick. Conversions: Tinus de Beer (4). Penalty: Tinus de Beer.
DHL Stormers: Tries: Andre-Hugo Venter, Ruhan Nel (2). Conversions: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu (3). Penalty: Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu.

Teams

Cardiff: 15 Cam Winnett, 14 Harri Millard, 13 Willis Halaholo, 12 Ben Thomas, 11 Mason Grady, 10 Tinus de Beer, 9 Ellis Bevan, 8 Lopeti Timani, 7 Ellis Jenkins, 6 Alex Mann, 5 Rory Thornton, 4 Seb Davies, 3 Will Davies-King, 2 Liam Belcher (c), 1 Corey Domachowski. Replacements: 16 Evan Lloyd, 17 Rhys Carré, 18 Rhys Litterick, 19 Josh Turnbull, 20 Mackenzie Martin, 21 Jamie Hill, 22 Jacob Beetham, 23 Gabriel Hamer-Webb.

Stormers: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Courtnall Skosan, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Sacha Feinberg-Mngomezulu, 11 Ben Loader, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Stefan Ungerer, 8 Marcel Theunissen, 7 Willie Engelbrecht, 6 Nama Xaba, 5 Ruben van Heerden, 4 Adre Smith, 3 Lee-Marvin Mazibuko, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Brok Harris (c). Replacements: 16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Sti Sithole, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Connor Evans, 20 Hendré Stassen, 21 Keke Morabe, 22 Herschel Jantjies, 23 Warrick Gelant.