Emirates Lions 19 (13) DHL Stormers 22 (9)
A late maul-try by Springbok flanker Siya Kolisi, coupled with some superb defence at the death, meant the DHL Stormers won their third match of the season in as many starts when they beat the Emirates Lions by 22-19 in Johannesburg on Saturday evening.
The home side had an opportunity to clinch the win at the end when Howard Mnisi went over, but a desperate tackle by Springbok centre Damian De Allende saw the ball knocked from his opponents’ hands.
The Emirates Lions disrupted their visitors from the Cape throughout the match and stole a huge amount of ball on the deck, while their defence was also rock solid for 76 minutes, until Kolisi was driven over.
The two flyhalves, Demetri Catrakilis and Elton Jantjies, kept the scoreboard ticking over for most of the match, with the Emirates Lions getting their only try, by loose forward Warwick Tecklenburg, late in the first quarter.
Similar to the encounter in Pretoria, the intensity at Emirates Airline Park was just as high with both teams going hammer and tongs at each other for the full 80 minutes.
- Emirates Lions – Try: Warwick Tecklenberg. Conversion: Elton Jantjies. Penalty goals: Jantjies (4).
- DHL Stormers – Try: Siya Kolisi. Conversion: Kurt Coleman. Penalty goals: Demetri Catrakilis (5).