United Rugby Championship Match Report: DHL Stormers Survive Late Ulster Comeback in Cape Town

United Rugby Championship Match Report: DHL Stormers Survive Late Ulster Comeback in Cape Town

Keba Mothoagae
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:59 PM
  • The Stormers had to hang on for dear life as they defeated Ulster 23-20 at the Green Point Stadium in Cape Town
  • The home side began the game quite promisingly, before the North Irishman fought back to make things tense at the end of the match
  • The result ensured that South African teams remained undefeated against all tourists thus far in the United Rugby Championship

The DHL Stormers held their nerves after a late surge from Ulster to seal a vital win in their Vodacom United Rugby Championship match at Green Point Stadium in Cape Town.

The home side began the match in sensational form as they cut the visitors to ribbons at will, before the latter found their footing and transferred the momentum back on to the hosts.

United Rugby Championship Match Report: DHL Stormers Survive Late Ulsetr Comeback In Cape Town
Stormers' rampant eighth-man Evan Roos goes on another trademark run. Image source: @TheStormers/Twitter
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As reported by SA Rugby Magazine, John Dobson’s team had to absorbs mountains of pressure as the visitors showed why they are one of the co-favourites to win the tournament.

As it happened, a controversial call from the referee and a vital tackle from Hacjivah Dayimani saved the hosts.

A debatable decision by the referee and a clutch Hacjivah Dayimani came to the hosts' rescue.

It appeared as if replacement prop Callum Reid had scored the winning try with only a few minutes remaining. However, after a lengthy review both referee and TMO decided that Daymani had forced Reid to lose the ball forward, despite it appearing that he had lost it backwards and then grounded it.

From there, the Stormers were able to hold out for a 23-20 win, which narrows their gap on the top four to five points.

A bright start from the home side had them flying into a 14-0 lead in the opening 10 minutes, thanks to tries from Paul de Wet and Leolin Zas. During this period, the Stormers were uncompromising on defence and forced Ulster to concede four breakdown penalties.

United Rugby Championship match report: Lions continue South African dominance with Osprey mauling

The Emirates Lions roared loudly into the Johannesburg sky as they scored their third straight home win in the Vodacom United Rugby Championship to down the Ospreys 45-15 at Emirates Airline Park on Friday night.

As reported on Sports Brief, seven tries to two tells a clear story of dominance as the Lions roared loudly and the Ospreys wilted in reply.

It all started off with a break by Odendaal, rounding a forward on attack before finding Van den Berg who slung the ball out to Rabs Maxwane on the wing, and the speedster only had eyes for the line.

The Lions were leading comfortably by halftime, but the second half they stepped it up, and from another turnover ball some beautiful interplay by forwards and backs eventually saw Francke Horn go over from close range.

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