Stormers late score denies Sunwolves
Singapore: Vincent Koch’s late converted try denied the Sunwolves a second ever Super Rugby win as the hosts drew 17-17 with the Stormers in Singapore.
Akihito Yamada’s first-half try and 12 points from the boot of Tusi Pisi looked to be enough for Mark Hammett’s men to secure an impressive win over a side who easily defeated them 46-19 earlier in the season in Cape Town. The Stormers coming off their bye week looked lethargic and rarely established enough rhythm on attack to disrupt the Sunwolves defence.
Their ill-discipline was also punished frequently by the boot of Pisi on a bad night for Robbie Fleck’s side until they rallied midway through the second half, leaving it right until the last minute to get what proved to be the tying score. As a result the Stormers extend their lead at the top of the Africa 1 Conference to three points over the Bulls. A noticeable change in tactics on defence played a key role in the Sunwolves’ promising first half, committing fewer bodies to the breakdown in order to fill in any gaps across the backline for the Stormers to exploit. The scorers: Sunwolves-Yamada, Pens-Pisi 4
For Stormers: Du Toit, Koch, Cons: Du Plessis, Thomson. Pen: Du Plessis. Planet Rugby