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RECAP | Gelant's dramatic late score, Libbok's pressure kick to send Stormers into URC final

RECAP | Gelant's dramatic late score, Libbok's pressure kick to send Stormers into URC final
Seabelo Senatla of the Stormers celebrate (Gallo)
Seabelo Senatla of the Stormers celebrate (Gallo)
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11 June 17:50

That's all from the Cape Town stadium. We're back next week for the final!

11 June 17:19

The Stormers have pulled off the greatest escape, with a Warrick Gelant try and Manie Libbok conversion long after the full-time hooter seeing them edge Ulster 17-15 in Saturday's United Rugby Championship (URC) semi-final. 

Read here from the Cape Town Stadium

11 June 17:07

Well it is lovely scenes here at the Cape Town Stadium. Looks of absolute elation from fans and players alike. 

11 June 17:02

RESULT - It will be an all South African URC final next week after a late Warrick Gelant score sent the Stormers through. The Stormers battled for much of the game and were met by a determined Ulster side.

It looked like the result was in the bag for the Irish outfit as they led 15-10 from the first half right through Gelant's smash and grab winner.

11 June 16:58

TRY!!! Wow, wow, wow! The roof at the stadium just about stayed on as Warrick Gelant snatches a late score for the home team, tying the scores. Libbok steps up to convert. He nails it. 17-15 the Stormers take it and will host the Bulls in Cape Town next week for the final.

11 June 16:37

RED CARD!!! Replacement Adre Smith gets a red card for foul play and the problems for the Stormers mount in the final ten minutes. 

11 June 16:34

70' No score to speak of in this second half as the last ten minutes remain on the clock. Ulster still with their 15-10 lead. Will they hang on or is there a smash and grab on the cards?

11 June 16:19

55' The Stormers are surviving relentless pressure from Ulster, who look more polished than their opponents. The Cape Town Stadium is a bit muted as spectators sit on the edge of their seats knowing if Ulster score next, it will spell trouble. 

11 June 16:12

50' Ten minutes of second half and scores remain the same (15-10 to Ulster). There's a bit of carelessness about the home side.  

11 June 15:59

We've got second half action at the Cape Town Stadium. 

11 June 15:47

40' Ulster take a slender 15-10 lead into the half-time break. John Cooney slotted a penalty at the end of the half and the Stormers have to respond in the second half. 

Stormers 10 - 15 Ulster

11 June 15:43

37' Godlen Masimla is on the pitch for Leolin Zas who is being treated on the substitutes bench. He's clutching left leg.

11 June 15:33

28' It's Ulster again. Stewart Moore latches onto an inside ball from wing Rob Baloucoune and the attention of Stormers defenders was not enough to stop him. John Cooney makes no mistake with the conversion and Ulster take the lead for the first time.

Stormers 10 - 12 Ulster

11 June 15:31

26 minutes at the Cape Town stadium and Stormers lead Ulster through scores by JJ Kotze and Evan Roos. Ulster winger Rob Baloucoune pulled one back for the visitors in what the Cape Town crowd would call controversial.

11 June 15:23

TRY!!! Ulster hit back via wing Rob Baloucoune. After their maul was stopped inside Stormers territory, and playing under advantage, the backline works it to Baloucoune who is in in the corner.

The crowd isn't happy about the final pass, but try stands. Conversion is missed by John Cooney.

Stormers 10 - 5 Ulster

11 June 15:17

TRY!!! A bespoke lineout move catches Ulster daydreaming. Evan Roos peels on the blindside to find Herschel Jantjies at pace. It's a simple inside ball from Jantjies back to Roos that sets the No 8 for his score. Libbok misses the conversion.

Stormers 10 - 0 Ulster

11 June 15:07

TRY!!! And it's the Stormers who draw first blood. Damian Willemse wins a turnover inside his own half. The home side sends it to touch and rumble on from the ensuing maul. JJ Kotze is up with the ball. Manie Libbok misses the conversion.

Stormers 5 - 0 Ulster

11 June 15:02

Referee Mike Adamson has gotten matters underway in Cape Town. 

11 June 14:53

Stormers wing Seabelo Senatla will play his 50th game for the Cape side when he runs onto the pitch this afternoon.

11 June 14:48

Ten minutes to go to the start of this second semi-final in Cape Town. The Stormers are into the changeroom.

11 June 14:22

Under an hour till kickoff here at the Cape Town Stadium and both teams are out for their warm-ups. The crowd is gathering nicely (though you may find there are still more people stuck at the beer garden)... 

The Stormers and Ulster are playing for the right to face the Bulls in the URC final.

11 June 14:04

The winner of this match will meet the Bulls in the tournament final next weekend after the Pretoria side stunned favourites Leinster in Dublin last night. 

If the Stormers win today, we will have a dream South African final in Cape Town next weekend! 

11 June 14:02

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to Cape Town Stadium! 

We're here for the United Rugby Championship semi-final between the Stormers and Ulster

Kick-off is at 15:00

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Seabelo Senatla leads out the Stormers on the occasion of his 50th match for the franchise.
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The referee for his clash is Mike Adamson, and his two assistants are Sam Grove-White and Adam Jones. Ben Whitehouse will be our TMO.
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Ulster are unchanged from the side that knocked Munster out in last week's quarterfinals, and they will be captained by lock Iain Henderson.
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Ulster: 15 Stewart Moore, 14 Rob Baloucoune, 13 James Hume, 12 Stuart McCloskey, 11 Ethan McIlroy, 10 Billy Burns, 9 John Cooney, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Nick Timoney, 6 Marcus Rea, 5 Iain Henderson (captain), 4 Alan O’Connor, 3 Tom O’Toole, 2 Rob Herring, 1 Andrew Warwick. Replacements: 16 John Andrew, 17 Eric O’Sullivan, 18 Gareth Milasinovich, 19 Kieran Treadwell, 20 Matty Rea, 21 Nathan Doak, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Ben Moxham.
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The Stormers are making just one change from the XV that downed Edinburgh in last week's quarterfinal, with Damian Willemse returning to the inside centre slot after being out with an arm injury. Winger Seabelo Senatla will be making his 50th appearance for the Stormers today.
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Stormers: 15 Warrick Gelant, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian Willemse, 11 Leolin Zas, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 JJ Kotze, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain). Replacements: 16 Andre-Hugo Venter, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Adre Smith, 20 Ernst van Rhyn, 21 Nama Xaba, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Sacha Mngomezulu.
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The Stormers ended the league rounds with 464 points for and 311 against, a 153-point swing. Ulster had a tougher go of it, scoring 412 points and conceding 297, a positive points difference of 115 points. But, as they say in the classics… anything can happen in a semi-final!
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The Stormers and Ulster both won 12 of their 18 fixtures, but the game-changer for the Stormers was picking up two draws, which ensured they finished in second place and gained the valuable home-ground semi-final.
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Ulster enjoyed a superb league season, finishing in third place on the table just two points behind the Stormers, who finished with 61 points.
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The Stormers finished second on the table after surprising the pundits at the start of the season. They are on an eight-game winning streak, with the match before they being the dramatic 22-22 draw with the Bulls.
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Ulster have won their last three matches… but they lost their three previous matches, including a 23-20 loss to the Stormers here in Cape Town!
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The Stormers finished second on the table after surprising the pundits at the start of the season. They are on an eight-game winning streak, with the match before they being the dramatic 22-22 draw with the Bulls.
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G'Day and welcome to the Cape Town Stadium for our coverage of this second semi-final of the United Rugby Championships between the Stormers and Ulster.
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KICK OFF: Ulster kick deep onto Nel who gathers before the Stormers hit it up and Jantjies clears with a box kick.
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Willemse wins the Stormers a penalty just inside their own half and Libbok sets up the lineout deep in the Ulster 22.
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TRY, STORMERS, KOTZE, 5-0: The Stormers maul is unstoppable and after initially awarding a penalty try he changes his mind and awards the score to the hooker.
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Libbok slices his kick wide of the posts and it remains 5-0.
7'
Burns puts the restart straight into touch and the Stormers will have a scrum on the centre spot.
8'
Zas is herded into touch just outside the Ulster 22 and the visitors have the lineout feed under a bit of pressure.
10'
Libbok is caught in possession on halfway and Ulster get over him winning the penalty which they use to set up a lineout just outside the Stormers 22.
12'
Dayimani gets the lineout steal and the Stormers carry it up towards halfway before losing it at the breakdown, however Ulster then knock on and the Stormers have a scrum feed about twelve metres from halfway.
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The Stormers get caught behind the gain line but Ulster are done for offside which allows Libbok kicks right up onto the Ulster 22.
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TRY, STORMERS, ROOS, 10-0: The Stormers pull off a beauty of a set move from the lineout and slick hands between Jantjies and Roos lead to another score.
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Gelant thumps a kick up towards halfway after the restart and there will be an Ulster lineout.
16'
Libbok has been brilliant out of hand but he shanks his kick at goal and it stays 10-0.
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Ulster have a lineout deep in the Stormers 22 after Moerat mistimes the sack of the Ulster maul.
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TRY, ULSTER, BALACOUNE, 10-5: Balacoune gets in at the corner despite the protests that the pass to him was forward.
20'
Burns can't convert either and it stays 10-5 in the favour of the Stormers.
21'
Willemse drives Ulster deep into their 22 with a great kick.
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Ulster get a letoff as Fourie doesn't release after a tackle and they can move play back towards halfway.
23'
Kitshoff gets over the ball and can't be moved and the Stormers can peg Ulster back into their 22 again.
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It's knocked on after the lineout and Ulster have a scrum to set them up to clear their lines.
26'
Burns opens up the Stormers with two brilliant chip-kicks but Fourie gets back to make a crucial intervention and they clear but only as far as their 22.
28'
TRY, ULSTER, MOORE, 10-10: Ulster work a backline move that shreds the Stormers and Moore will sprint in to score.
29'
CONVERSION, ULSTER, COONEY, 10-12: Ulster take the lead with the conversion.
31'
Only a knock on prevents Ulster from pushing into the Stormers half again after Balacoun did well to win the high ball on a hoist.
32'
Moore marks it before moving six or seven metres in-field to kick it which is blatant cheating.
34'
Libbok drills a penalty kick deep into the Ulster 22 to set up another attacking lineout for the Stormers.
35'
The Stormers maul is stopped short and then their attack fizzles out as its lost forward in contact. Burns clears up towards halfway.
37'
The Stormers quickly get back into the Ulster 22 but then hit a roadblock and Libbok's drop goal attempt drifts wide.
38'
Ulster's captain is chewing the referee's ear off during a stoppage in play which leads to a TMO review but no foul play is found.
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It is now Ulster who move play up to the Stormers 22 with a penalty kick from Burns.
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HALF TIME: STORMERS 10-15 ULSTER
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PENALTY, ULSTER, COONEY, 10-15: Cooney slots a penalty kick to give Ulster a five-point lead at the break.
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A sloppy breakdown gifts Ulster a penalty that they use to drive the Stormers back to their 22.
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Libbok restarts the match for the Stormers.
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Ulster knock on in attack and the Stormers have the scrum feed just outside their 22.
44'
Moore kicks straight out and the Stormers will have the lineout feed close to the halfway line.
46'
Ulster win a crucial turnover to scupper another Stormers attack and they are happy to boot the ball back into the Stormers half.
48'
Moore pops his free-kick into touch just outside the Ulster 22, might have gone for more distance.
49'
Roos knocks on as the Stormers approach the Ulster 22 and the frustration is really starting to show.
50'
Quick as a flash Ulster come out and Masimla has to carry into touch close to the line.
51'
The Stormers stop the Ulster maul and win the scrum five from their own line.
53'
A great kick by Libbok finds touch ten metres from the hallway line where Ulster will have the lineout feed.
56'
A bizarre call from Adamson gives Ulster a big chance to put the game beyond the Stormers. They set up another lineout with their ill-gotten penalty kick.
57'
Ulster lose it as they try to break away from the maul and the Stormers have a defensive scrum.
59'
After a few energetic carries, Janties clears with a high box-kick and though it doesn't go out Willemse knocks it into touch in a tackle and Ulster have a scrum ten inside the Stormers half.
61'
The Stormers think they are away but play is called back for a forward pass and Ulster have a scrum ten inside their own half.
62'
Willemse pounces on an opportunity and wins a penalty for the Stormers who set up the lineout inside the Ulster 22.
64'
The Stormers win a penalty but Libbok kicks it dead and that is a gutpunch for the Stormers.
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A strange kick from Libbok now gifts Ulster the easiest mark.
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The Stormers are back in the strike zone and win another penalty and they question how many cynical fouls Ulster can commit before calling for the scrum.
69'
Vermeulen wins a crucial defensive penalty for Ulster which prompts protests.
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RED CARD, STORMERS, SMITH: Another prompt from the Ulster skipper sees Adamson call for a TMO review and they spot foul play from Smith who is red-carded.
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The Stormers win another penalty as Henderson commits another cynical foul and they set up the lineout.
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The Stormers maul goes down inches short of the line and a scrum is awarded to Ulster.
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Having cleared up to the 22 Ulster concede a penalty at the lineout, with Henderson again the offender.
79'
Ulster earn the steal and clear up to just outside their 22.
80'
TRY, STORMERS, GELANT, 15-15: Gelant is over in the corner and Libbok has a kick to put the Stormers into the URC final.
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The scrum goes up now and has to be reset and yet again it is moved and Ulster players litter the floor.
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The scrum goes down and has to be reset. Time is up.
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The Stormers have a penalty again in centre field and have to make a decision. They call for the Scrum.
Stormers
Stormers
Ulster
Ulster
3
Tries
2
4' Kotze Jean-Jac...
14' Roos Evan
80' Gelant Warrick
17' Baloucoune Ro...
28' Moore Stewart
1
Conversions
1
80' Libbok Manie
29' Cooney John
0
Penalties
1
40' Cooney John
0
Drop Goals
0
0
Yellow Cards
0
0
Red Cards
0
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Squad
15
Kitshoff Steven
Kotze Jean-Jacques
Malherbe Frans
Moerat Salmaan
Orie Marvin
Fourie Deon Andre
Dayimani Hacjivah
Roos Evan
Jantjies Herschel
Libbok Manie
Zas Leolin
Willemse Damian
Nel Ruhan
Senatla Seabelo
Gelant Warrick
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
Warwick Andrew
Herring Rob
O'Toole Tom
O'Connor Alan
Henderson Iain
Rea Marcus
Timoney Nick
Vermeulen Duane
Cooney John
Burns Billy
McIlroy Ethan
McCloskey Stuart
Hume James
Baloucoune Robert
Moore Stewart
8
Reserves
8
Masimla Godlen
Van Rhyn Ernst
Fouche Johan Neet...
Xaba Kuyenzeka Kw...
Harris Brok
Smith Adre
Venter Andre-Hugo
Mngomezulu Sacha
22
20
18
21
17
19
16
23
Milasinovich Gareth
Madigan Ian
O'Sullivan Eric
Andrew John
Treadwell Kieran
Rea Matthew
Moxham Ben
Doak Nathan