Super Rugby: Stormers beat last-place Kings
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa (AP) — The Stormers beat the Southern Kings 24-12 on Saturday in a South African Super Rugby derby which had little more than local pride at stake.
Stormers captain Deon Fourie scored two tries off driving mauls and flyhalf Elton Jantjies kicked 11 points for the grinding win, lifting the Cape Town-based Stormers to an 8-7 record in a disappointing campaign after it finished top of the regular-season standings in 2012.
The Stormers’ faint hopes of forcing their way into the six-team playoffs had been ended earlier Saturday with the Cheetahs’ win over New Zealand’s Blues.
The Kings’ points at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium came through four penalties from No. 10 Demetri Catrakilis in a game that was still fierce and full of physical confrontation despite it having no effect on the post-season playoffs.
Competition newcomers the Kings are in last place overall with one game to go in their debut season — a visit to the Sharks — before a promotion-relegation playoff against the Johannesburg-based Lions for a Super Rugby place after finishing bottom of the South African conference.
Flank Fourie rumbled over at the back of a rolling maul a minute before halftime and then broke off the back of a similar drive to force his way through a number of tackles three minutes from the end, ensuring the Stormers improved their win-loss record before they finish 2013 at home against the conference-leading Bulls, a meeting of South Africa’s historic rivals and which could still affect the Bulls’ push to finish top overall.
Stormers 24 (Deon Fourie 2 tries; Elton Jantjies conversion, 3 penalties, Joe Pietersen penalty), Southern Kings 12 (Demetri Catrakilis 4 penalties). HT: 11-9.