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The teams come out onto the field of play. Nearly time to kick off round 3 of Super Rugby Unlocked at Mbombela Stadium.
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Both teams head into this game off the back of wins. The Stormers saw off the Lions 23-17, while the Pumas beat the Griquas 27-21, recovering from a 53-31 defeat to the Cheetahs.
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Marius van der Westhuizen (36) from Cape Town is the referee for this evening's encounter.
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DHL Stormers: Warrick Gelant, Edwill van der Merwe, Dan du Plessis, Rikus Pretorius, Leolin Zas, Damian Willemse, Herschel Jantjies, Juarno Augustus, Ernst van Rhyn, Siya Kolisi (captain), Chris van Zyl, Salmaan Moerat, Frans Malherbe, Bongi Mbonambi, Leon Lyons. Replacements: Chad Solomon, Kwenzo Blose, Neethling Fouche, JD Schickerling, Nama Xaba, Jaco Coetzee, Godlen Masimla, Michal Haznar, Tim Swiel, Tristan Leyds.
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Phakisa Pumas: Devon Williams, Neil Maritz, Erich Cronje, Wayne van der Bank, Etienne Taljaard, Eddie Fouche, Ginter Smuts, Jeandré Rudolph, Willie Engelbrecht, Francois Kleinhans, Pieter Jansen van Vuren (captain), Darrien Landsburg, Ruan Kramer, AJ le Roux, Morgan Naude. Replacements: Simon Westraadt, Liam Hendricks, Heath Backhouse, Phumzile Maqondwana, Dian Badenhorst, Neil Marais, Ali Mgijima, Ignatius Prinsloo.
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Steven Kitshoff and Scarra Ntubeni are out of this game due to each having come into contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this Super Rugby Unlocked clash between the Pumas and the Stormers in Nelspruit.
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The Pumas get the game underway!
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE! 3-0: Solid start from the Pumas as Fouche puts the first points on the board.
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TRY, STORMERS, PRETORIUS! 3-5: Jantjies charges down a kick and Pretorius profits, scoring the first try of the game!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 3-7: Swiel adds the extras and extends the Stormers' lead.
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TRY, PUMAS, MARITZ! 8-7: Another twist as Augustus loses possession and Maritz goes over for the try! Great pressure from the Pumas pays off!
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CONVERSION, PUMAS, FOUCHE! 10-7: Fouche lands his second kick of the evening.
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It's been a solid start from the Pumas. They have pegged the Stormers back. The Stormers have a scrum, but under pressure.
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The Stormers survive the pressure, but the Pumas fire back. Gelant is there to boot upfield into touch.
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TRY, PUMAS, RUDOLPH! 15-7: Great work at the lineout from the Pumas and then they slice through the defence like a knife through butter, with a great kick from Fouche bouncing kindly for a teammate -- it looked like van der Bank. He offloads to Rudolph to finish the job!
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CONVERSION, PUMAS, FOUCHE! 17-7: No mistake from Fouche once again.
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The Pumas apply pressure on the Stormers and force them to boot the ball into touch inside their own half. Rudolph takes from the back of the lineout, but the Stormers manage to win possession back shortly afterwards.
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE! 20-7: Fouche lands another penalty for the Pumas and their lead extends further. It's now just short of two converted tries.
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PENALTY, PUMAS, FOUCHE! 23-7: A high tackle on Cronje wins the Pumas yet another penalty. Once again, Fouche's penalty kick is perfect.
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Herschel Jantjies makes another key chargedown and looks to come away with the ball, but the Pumas mop up and avert the potential danger.
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Siya Kolisi is down and receiving medical attention after taking a knock in a ruck.
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A chargedown from Gelant saves the Stormers' skins, but then Gelant's pass to Dan du Plessis goes forward.
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TRY, STORMERS, JANTJIES! 23-12: Dan du Plessis' offload sends Herschel Jantjies through to score the Stormers' second try of the game! That's more like it!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 23-14: Swiel's conversion just scrapes inside the post. More points on the board for the Stormers.
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TRY, PUMAS, VAN DER BANK! 28-14: Great work off the lineout again. Within the first phase, Rudolph breaks and sends van der Bank through for the finish!
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CONVERSION, PUMAS, MARAIS! 30-14: Marais has taken over kicking duties after coming off the bench and makes no mistake!
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The clock ticks closer to half-time as the Pumas have a scrum on their own five-metre line.
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HALF-TIME: PUMAS 30-14 STORMERS. Heading into the break, the Pumas hold a convincing and deserved lead over the Stormers. What a second half we have on our hands.
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The Stormers pile on the pressure, but the Pumas hold firm in defence. Over goes Augustus, but he is penalised for hands in the ruck. No try!
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The Stormers kick off the second half. They have plenty of work to do to get back into this one against a well-drilled team.
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YELLOW CARD, PUMAS, RUDOLPH! Rudolph picks up a yellow card for a dangerous tackle on Herschel Jantjies after flinging him into the advertising boards.
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A forward pass from Jantjies halts a Stormers attack in its tracks. The visitors need to gain some momentum and capitalise on their spell a man to the good.
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There are fewer than four minutes left of the Stormers' one-man advantage and they haven't achieved an awful lot with it.
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TRY, PUMAS, MARITZ! 35-14: After a lengthy spell of pressure, the Pumas move the ball out wide to Maritz, who dives over in the corner!
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CONVERSION, PUMAS, MARAIS! 37-14: Since coming on, Marais has picked up where Fouche left off -- with deadly accurate kicking. That continues here.
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Rudolph returns to the field of play. The Pumas are seven points better off than they were when he left them for the sin-bin.
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Swiel finds touch for the Stormers and they win their lineout on the Pumas' 10m line, throwing to the back.
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A knock-on halts the Stormers attack. They haven't been clinical or effective enough this evening.
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TRY, STORMERS, FOUCHE! 37-19: At long last, Fouche burrows over for the Stormers! Their pressure pays off!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 37-21: Swiel's conversion means the Stormers are still in this game, but they are still over two converted tries behind their hosts.
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Van der Bank wins a vital turnover for the Pumas halfway up the field to nullify the Stormers' momentum.
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Masimla is on in place of Jantjies for the Stormers. For some time in the first half, Jantjies was the lone shining light in a struggling side.
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TRY, STORMERS, MBONAMBI! 37-26: The Stormers drive their way over with Mbonambi the man to profit off the lineout maul -- as he is so often!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 37-28: The Stormers are hanging on by a thread as Swiel converts once again.
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TRY, STORMERS, ZAS! 37-33: The Stormers work the ball out wide to Zas, who runs closer to the posts from near the touchline and dots down! Game on!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 37-35: No mistake from Swiel once again!
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TRY, STORMERS, GELANT! 37-40: Schickerling takes from a Stormers lineout inside their own half and they look to work their way upfield. The ball is knocked backwards, but du Plessis keeps the move alive. That pays off as the ball is worked for Gelant, who steams through to score!
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CONVERSION, STORMERS, SWIEL! 37-42: Six from six for Swiel tonight as the Stormers stretch the lead to an unconverted try.
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FULL-TIME: PUMAS 37-42 STORMERS. From 37-14 down, the Stormers scored four converted tries in quick succession without reply. The Pumas can hold their heads up high, but the Stormers have ground out a vital victory.
Pumas
Stormers
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Tries
6
6' Marais Niel
14' Rudolph Jeandre
32' Bank Wayne va...
52' Marais Niel
4' Pretorius Rikus
29' Jantjies Hers...
62' Fouche Johan ...
71' Mbonambi Bongi
74' Zas Leolin
78' Gelant Warrick
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Conversions
6
7' Fouche Eddie
14' Fouche Eddie
34' Marais Niel
53' Marais Niel
4' Swiel Tim
30' Swiel Tim
63' Swiel Tim
72' Swiel Tim
75' Swiel Tim
79' Swiel Tim
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Penalties
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3' Fouche Eddie
20' Fouche Eddie
23' Fouche Eddie
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Drop Goals
0
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Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
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Squad
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Naude Morgan
Roux AJ le
Kramer Ruan
Landsberg Darrien...
Janse van Vuren P...
Kleinhans Francois
Engelbrecht Willie
Rudolph Jeandre
Smuts Ginter
Fouche Eddie
Taljaard Etienne
Bank Wayne van der
Cronje Erich
Maritz Neil
Williams Devon
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2
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4
5
6
7
8
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10
11
12
13
14
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Lyons Leon
Mbonambi Bongi
Malherbe Frans
Moerat Salmaan
van Zyl Chris
Kolisi Siya
Van Rhyn Ernst
Augustus Juarno
Jantjies Herschel
Willemse Damian
Zas Leolin
Pretorius Rikus
du Plessis Daniel
Van Der Merwe Edwill
Gelant Warrick
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Reserves
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Westraadt Simon
Hendricks Liam
Backhouse Heath
Maqondwana Phumzile
Badenhorst Dian
Marais Niel
Mgijima Ali
IG Prinsloo
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Solomon Chad
Blose Kwenzokuhle...
Fouche Johan Neet...
Schickerling JD
Xaba Kuyenzeka Kw...
Coetzee Jaco
Masimla Godlen
Haznar Michal