SA teams limp home

2014-03-22 23:00

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The Cheetahs fell foul of a number of questionable rulings, but in Canberra the Stormers had only themselves to blame.

The tale of woe for South African teams on tour continued in Super Rugby today as both the Cheetahs and the Stormers lost their matches in New Zealand and Australia.

The Cheetahs and the Stormers are the first local teams to tour this year and after seven matches, neither have been able to register a victory.

The Cheetahs fell foul of a number of questionable rulings by Argentinian referee Francisco Pastrana and slumped to a 40-30 defeat in Auckland.

The match official unfairly yellow-carded Boom Prinsloo and in the 10 minutes the burly flanker was off the field, the Blues scored two tries and the score ballooned out of reach.

Adding to the frustration of Adriaan Strauss’ men was the fact that a try was awarded to George Moala in spite of the TMO clearly indicating to the referee there had been a double movement.

The misery was compounded when Johan Goosen left the field because of a wrist injury.

After reaching the play-offs for the first time last season, the Cheetahs literally limped home, having lost all their four matches.

In Canberra, the Stormers had only themselves to blame as they went down 25-15 to the Brumbies.

Hooker Tiaan Liebenberg got himself yellow-carded for a tip tackle on Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen, Peter Grant had an off day with his goalkicking and the Stormers’ kicking out of hand left a lot to be desired.

Wing Kobus van Wyk failed to gather a kick through and allowed Robbie Coleman to snatch it up and score an unlikely try in the corner.

It was a game the Stormers could have won with more application but in the end they suffered the ultimate indignity for a South African side against an Australian pack – having referee Glen Jackson award the Brumbies a pushover try that sealed the match.

The unedifying result of the winless tours was the sight of the Stormers and the Cheetahs in the basement of the log.

In Perth, the Force pulled off a massive upset by beating the Chiefs 18-15, handing the champions their first defeat of the season as they head for South Africa to play against the Bulls and the Cheetahs.

All the results


Highlanders 35, Hurricanes 31

Waratahs 32, Rebels 8


Blues 40, Cheetahs 30

Brumbies 25, Stormers 15

Force 18, Chiefs 15

Round 7 fixtures

Friday: Crusaders vs Hurricanes, Rebels vs Brumbies

Saturday: Blues vs Highlanders, Reds vs Stormers, Bulls vs Chiefs, Sharks vs Waratahs.

Byes: Cheetahs, Lions, Force

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