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Stormers snatch victory over Bulls late in daring Loftus raid



The Stormers crossed for a 76th-minute try to snatch a victory away from the Bulls in a dramatic United Rugby Championship clash in Pretoria on Saturday.

The Bulls fired a few shots in the media through the week but one wonders if that served to fire up the Stormers who came out of the blocks in explosive fashion.

Stormers conquer fortress Loftus

Early on, the Stormers opened up an 18-0 lead.

This was mainly due to the dominance of the Stormers pack, as they turned the tables on the Bulls led by co-captain Steven Kitshoff.

Stormers pivot Manie Libbok thrived behind the dominant pack. He used the momentum and space afforded to him to twice set up Seabelo Senatla with deft kicks in behind the Bulls defence.

The Bulls started to claw their way back into the match though towards the end of the first half. 

The Stormers saw Ernst van Rhyn sent to the sin bin late in the half and Johan Grobbelaar scored from the tail of a driving maul to make it 18-7 at halftime.

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When Madosh Tambwe was released from a set-piece and beat two tacklers on his way to the try-line, the Bulls were very much back in the contest.

Halfback Embrose Papier’s try, scored after some sharp work from Morne Steyn and Kurt-Lee Ardense, gave the Bulls the lead for the first time in the match. 

Bulls fight back

The Stormers looked out of it when Elrigh Louw then forced his way over to extend the Bulls’ lead to eight points, going into the last 20 minutes of the contest.

Warrick Gelant proved the impact player for the Stormers. He set up Herschel Jantjies for a try, before Tambwe was yellow-carded for colliding with Senatla in the air.

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The Stormers grabbed the lead when Gelant and Willemse combined to send replacement scrumhalf Paul de Wet over. 

The Bulls had a late chance to win it when they worked their way into Stormers territory after the full-time hooter, but another Steyn cross-kick would drift into touch.

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