1 Mar 2009

Blues defeat Stormers 14-8

9:50 am on 1 March 2009

The Blues secured a hard-fought 14-8 victory Saturday over the Stormers as they held off a frantic final assault by the home team in their Super 14 rugby match at Capetown.

It was a huge defensive effort by the Blues, who made nearly twice the number of tackles managed by the opposition.

The visitors were assisted by some poor handling by the Stormers who too often spilled the ball in the tackle, limiting their ability to take advantage of their possession.

Peter Grant started the scoring with an 11th minute penalty for the Stormers before Blues right wing Paul Williams took advantage of a neatly worked overlap to scurry over in the 22nd minute.

Springbok second-string scrumhalf Ricky Januarie then pounced on a poorly controlled ball at the base of a Blues scrum, toed it through and picked up a kind bounce to fall over for a try in reply in the 32nd minute.

A Williams penalty tied up the scores at 8-8.

The Stormers started the second half in impressive fashion but repeatedly knocked the ball on after making the initial break.

Williams, in the meantime, took advantage of infrequent Blues visits to the Stormers 22-metre area with two penalties, the last of which in the 79th minute.

The Stormers attacked hard from the final kickoff, but contrived to knock on one more time when over the Blues try line.

The Blues then cleared after the siren and celebrated a deserved victory.

In other games, the Sharks beat the Chiefs 22-15 in Hamilton, the Western Force upset the Brumbies 25-16 in Canberra while the Bulls beat the the Lions 16-9 in Johannesburg.