Storm­ers late score de­nies Sun­wolves

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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

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