Crucial win for the Chiefs in Cape Town
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The Stormers have a backline littered with game-breakers and speed merchants, but they had no space to roam during the 80 minutes as the Chiefs line speed and terrier like relentlessness constantly shut them down.
On paper, this should have been a high-scoring affair. The conditions were perfect in Cape Town and both teams have averaged more than three tries per-game this season.
But all that mattered to the Chiefs was getting the victory and it showed as they waged a fierce forward battle and often looked for territorial advantage instead of unleashing their own set of flying game-breakers.
Despite the thrilling strike, the Chiefs still found themselves down 6-5 after 50 minutes.
The Stormers ill-discipline cost them dearly in the 65th minute when a penalty try was awarded from a scrum close to their line. It was richly deserved for the Chiefs who had pressurised the Stormers into a number of penalties and gave the Chiefs a handy 6-12 lead with less than a quarter to play.
It looked like the game was wrapped up in the 74th minute when Shaun Stevenson went over out wide but a forward pass was ruled and the play brought back for a penalty.
Damian McKenzie slotted the shot for his first points of the game and put the Chiefs out of reach.
The Chiefs now head to Durban to face the Sharks in another acid-test but will be relieved to start their tour with a win.
Stormers 9 (Damian Willemse 2 pen, SP Marais pen) Chiefs 15 (Anton Lienert-Brown try, Damian McKenzie pen, penalty try)
FT | A low-scoring affair as @ChiefsRugby edge the Stormers 15 - 9 in Cape Town.#STOvCHI #DontMissAThing pic.twitter.com/GdvjSO0Cm8— Super Rugby (@SuperRugbyNZ) May 12, 2018
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