Highlanders revival continues against Stormers
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In his 50th match for the Highlanders, wing Patrick Osborne was the hero of the first half by crossing for a double and setting up another with a remarkable offload to Rob Thompson.
The Stormers came to New Zealand with big wraps and started strongly by scoring first when skipper Siya Kolisi broke the line to feed blindside flanker Nizaam Carr to score.
But that was to be it for the visitors in the first half as the Highlanders took complete control and tackles were missed with alarming regularity by the Stormers.
Trailing 31-7 at the break, the Stormers needed something special in the second half and came out in determined fashion. Keeping the ball in tight, the Stormers spent ten minutes camped near the Highlanders line before the Highlanders went 80 metres to score. In a play that summed up the game for the Stormers, a loose ball went into the hands of Rob Thompson who chipped forward for Waisake Naholo to score from an unfortunate bounce that confused the Stormers defenders.
The Highlanders now head off on a South African road trip where they face the Cheetahs and Bulls while the Stormers finish their stay in New Zealand with a clash against the Hurricanes in Wellington.
Highlanders 57 (Patrick Osborne 2, Waisake Naholo 2, Liam Squire, Rob Thompson, Dillon Hunt, Greg Pleasents-Tate, Matt Faddes tries, Marty Banks 5 con, Fletcher Smith con) Stormers 14 (Nizaam Carr, Dewaldt Duvenage tries, Robert du Preez 2 con)
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