Stormers' narrow win boosts confidence
Stormers got their first win in Super Rugby with de Allende awarded man of the match.
JOHANNESBURG - The Stormers got their first win of the Super Rugby season following a tough, hard fought 19-18 win over the Hurricanes last night.
The Hurricanes outscored the hosts by two tries to one, but it was Deon Fourie's 5 pointer four minutes before the final whistle that proved the difference.
Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis then stepped up to slot the conversion and seal the win.
Stormers captain Jean de Villiers says while the win wasn't pretty, he's happy.
Stormers coach Allister Coetzee says the win's given them confidence ahead of their tour.
"I see glimpses of three or four years ago when we started winning narrowly. Massive confidence boost for us, this is what we needed. If you want to go on tour, you go in this sort of fashion."
Coetzee says he's happy with the win.
"This was the cement that we really needed. Lots of things to work on still, especially with our opportunities not taken, but we're very pleased to start off with a narrow win."
Hurricanes captain Conrad Smith's praised Stormers centre Damian de Allende's performance following last night's match.
The Stormers ran out 19-18 with de Allende awarded man of the match.
Smith says as de Allende and Jean de Villiers work well as a combination.
"It was a game we could easily have won if we kept on the way we did, I think we were pretty unlucky."