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5th straight defeat for Stormers in Super Rugby

April 5, 2014

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Waratahs moved up to fourth in the Super Rugby table as they condemned the Stormers to their fifth straight defeat by winning 22-11 at Newlands on Saturday.

In a scrappy encounter that was short on quality, New South Wales found that maintaining discipline and kicking penalties was enough to emerge with the points.

Nick Phipps’ opportunistic try in the 14th minute was canceled out when Kobus van Wyk scored for the Stormers seven minutes later, but it was the five penalties from Bernard Foley and Kurtley Beale that proved decisive.

“That’s a really big result — I think we’re the first Australian team to win in South Africa this year so we’ll go back home and look to keep the momentum going,” Waratahs captain Dave Dennis told SuperSport.

An injury-hit Stormers unit had hoped to return to winning ways after a disastrous tour of Australasia, but remained bottom of the table with just one win from seven games.

Although it was Stormers flyhalf Peter Grant who opened the scoring when he landed a penalty in the 12th, the hosts were behind two minutes later when an untidy scrum on their own five-yard line saw the ball pop out the back for Phipps to pounce and score.

Tries have been hard to come by for the Stormers this season, but Juan de Jonge provided a much-needed spark when he burst through a gap in the Waratahs defense and laid off for Van Wyk to score his first Super Rugby try.

However, Grant missed the conversion as well as a penalty shortly afterwards, so Foley’s penalty gave the Waratahs a 10-8 advantage at halftime.

The visitors built on that lead throughout the second half as they made the Stormers pay for their indiscretions, with Beale landing two penalties from distance and Foley adding two from close range.

“When you’re on the back foot it’s hard to keep your hands down at the ruck,” Stormers captain Duane Vermeulen told SuperSport. “Small mistakes crept in and that was the problem.”

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Stormers 11 (Kobus van Wyk try, Peter Grant 2 penalties), Waratahs 22 (Nick Phipps try, Bernard Foley 3 penalties, 1 conversion, Kurtley Beale 2 penalties). HT: 8-10.