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Late Stormers try denies Hurricanes

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Sportal.co.nz     28 Feb 2014     Getty Images

With five minutes remaining the Stormers won a scrum penalty and kicked for touch. They won the lineout close to the Hurricanes line and from the driving maul it was flanker Deon Fourie who scored.

First five-eighths Demetri Catrakilis faced a conversion attempt from the sideline but he proved up to the task to give the Stormers a 19-18 lead.

However, the Hurricanes charged back in an attempt to claim the game and threw 19 phases at the home side. But there was no way through.

The Stormers were unsettled before the game when a groin injury saw Schalk Burger ruled out. The match saw prop Ben Franks become the 30th New Zealand player to reach 100 Super Rugby appearances.

Catrakilis opened the scoring with a penalty goal resulting from a rolling maul infringement by the Crusaders after 11 minutes.

After TJ Perenara opted to take a tap kick instead of a shot at goal and in the resulting play wing Julian Savea lost the ball and it was the Stormers who cleared downfield to create the second penalty goal chance which Catrakilis landed after 31 minutes.

However, when centre Conrad Smith made a superb break both Perenara, who placed a well-judged chip-kick, and Savea, who scored, atoned for their earlier choice after 35 minutes.

Six minutes later fellow All Blacks wing Cory Jane made a fine diving catch to secure a cross-kick from second five-eighths Hadleigh Parkes to clinch the lead for the Hurriances to claim a 12-6 lead at half-time.

The Stormers battled to control their own lineout possession during the game and rain which fell during the second half did not help their cause.

A break featuring wing Jacobus Van Wyk and second five-eighths Damian De Allende carried play back into the Hurricanes territory and when the visitors were ruled off-side Catrakilis landed his third penalty goal after 49 minutes.

The Stormers failed to control the re-start and the Hurricanes went back on attack. Wing Gio Aplon almost secured an intercept but knocked the ball on.

Around the start of the final quarter Barrett landed a penalty goal which was negated three minutes later when Catrakilis kicked his fourth. But Barrett scored another handy to the posts and with 13 minutes left the Hurricanes were up 18-12.

However, the Stormers managed to lift their effort and got home for the win.

Smith said after the game: "It's a cruel game. I thought we played really well. On another day we would have won that game. It's disappointing, but it's early days."

Home captain Jean de Villiers said there was nothing spectacular in his side's effort but their 'guts' had come through in the final stages.

Scorers:

Stormers 19 (Deon Fourie try; Demetri Catrakilis con, 4 pen) Hurricanes 18 (Julian Savea, Cory Jane tries; Beauden Barrett con, 2 pen). HT: 6-12