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URC result: Stormers marginalized by Connacht – Four key points

The Stormers let a 10-point lead slip away 19-17 (half-time 7-10) against Connacht at the Sportsground in Galway on Saturday-afternoon.

The Stormers took an early 17-7 lead in the second half before their discipline failed them in the closing stages, allowing Connacht to fight back and take a win they probably didn’t deserve.

Here are four key moments from the match.

Reffing in the Northern Hemisphere is a ‘problem’

The Stormers were punished hard throughout the game by ref Ben Blain, who let nearly all 50/50 calls go to the visitors, while also making a few foul calls. The number of penalties went to 8-4 against the Stormers, which didn’t seem a fair reflection after Connacht was let off the hook a number of times.

A big moment against the Stormers was a yellow card for Ruhan Nel, who attempted a big tackle, who saw shoulder to shoulder contact, but the referee considered it direct contact to the head and wanted to give a red card. card, before the TMO pronounced it out by explaining that the first contact was with the shoulder.

All in all, it wasn’t a good performance from the ref and the Stormers could struggle.

Two yellow cards turned out to be precious

The Stormers discipline in the second half let them down because they had to play with 14 men for 20 minutes. Sergeal Petersen’s first yellow card for an intentional knockdown seemed fair, but the second against Ruhan Nel for a high goal was incredibly hard.

For the first yellow, the Stormers led 17-7 and were in a strong position, but the hosts took advantage of the extra man who scored two tries, one with Petersen off the field and the other with Nel in the box to stop the visiting side. to punish. While Nel’s decision was a tough one, he probably shouldn’t have gone so high in a tackle and it cost him and his side in the end.

Stormers’ set piece was on point

Throughout the game, the Stormers’ set piece was timely, having the upper hand during scrum time, while their lineouts and mauls were fantastic.

In the first half the Stormers maul was immense, gaining massive traction on a number of occasions, but in the second half Connacht managed to nullify it a bit, although it’s up for debate as to whether it was legal.

Spades turned out to be expensive

The Stormers trap game unfortunately disappointed them, especially in the second half when the wind was at their backs.

In the first half, they struggled with a stiff headwind, which contributed heavily to their two missed conversions, from Damian Willemse and Manie Libbok.

However, in the second half, when they had the advantage of the wind, the Stormers didn’t make effective use of it, while poor decisions about when to run and when to kick also disappointed them and helped them slide into a disappointing defeat. .


Connacht: Tries: Paul Boyle, Tom Daly, Peter Sullivan; Conversions: Conor Fitzgerald (2)

stormers: Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Damian Willemse, Manie Libbok; Conversions: Mania Libbok

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