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Stormers beat Highlanders

The Stormers bagged their first four try bonus point of the season.

The DHL Stormers logo. Picture: Facebook

CAPE TOWN - The Stormers beat the Highlanders 29-28 at Newlands and in the process bagged their first four try bonus point of the season.

Tries by Damian de Allende, Oliver Kebble and a brace by prop Frans Malherbe were enough to see the Stormers win only their third game of the season.

In the first half, the Newlands faithful were treated to some exciting expansive rugby, which they haven't seen in a long time, as the Stormers ran the ball at almost every opportunity.

A late change to Allister Coetzee's side saw Kobus van Wyk make the starting 15, as Sailosi Tagicakibau withdrew due to a calf strain.

The Stormers started the game like a house on fire, taking just two minutes to get on the score sheet.

After winning the ball straight from the kickoff and good ball retention from the forwards saw prop Frans Malherbe cross over for the opener and his first career try.

Minutes later it was the Highlanders who hit back through All Black number 9 Aaron Smith after regathering his own chip kick.

The Stormers however continued to dictate proceedings, coming close twice after good attacking play.

But with 10 minutes to go in the first half, Malherbe crashed over for his second five pointer before right winger Damian de Allende scored their 3rd try with six minutes to play in the half.

Trent Renata then scored the Highlanders second try just before the halftime hooter - to take the scores to 19-14 in favour of the Stormers at the break.

Prop Oliver Kebble got the scoreboard ticking in the second half, scoring his first Super Rugby try and the Stormers fourth of the game in the 49th minute and the Cape side looked set for a comfortable win.

Coach Allister Coetzee's men however failed to continue with their good showing from the first half, allowing the visitors back in the game.

The Stormers then found themselves down to 14 men in the 53rd minute, when hooker Scarra Ntubeni was sin binned for an offense at the ruck.

In the next 10 minutes with Ntubeni off, the Highlanders scored two more tries and took a 26-28 lead with 20minutes to play.

But up stepped flyhalf Peter Grant in the 67th minute to convert a penalty to give the Stormers a 29-28 lead.

That's how the scores remained, as the Stormers held on for an exciting, nail biting win, with prop Frans Malherbe who scored two tries today taking the man of the match award.

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