Stormers squeeze past Hurricanes at the end
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The Stormers squeezed past the Hurricanes 19-18 with a 77th-minute try from Deon Fourie and a match-winning conversion from Demetri Catrakilis in Super Rugby on Friday.
Flanker Fourie piled over from a rolling maul in the final few minutes to bring the Stormers back from 12-6 down at halftime for their opening win of the season. The Hurricanes of New Zealand slipped to 0-2 after fading in the second 40 at Newlands for their second straight loss in South Africa.
The Hurricanes had struck for two lightning-quick tries in the opening 40 against after sucking up some sustained mid-half pressure from the home team.
The first came when All Blacks center Conrad Smith stepped of his left foot and carved through the defense, then fed TJ Perenara who put in an angled chip kick for left wing Julian Savea to collect and score near the corner. Hadleigh Parkes set up right wing Cory Jane with another clever kick across the field just four minutes later and Jane dived to take the ball and slide over the tryline in one motion for the second of two slick scores.
The Stormers ground their way back, mainly through the boot of flyhalf Catrakilis, who kicked 14 points in all including his winning conversion from outside on the right for a narrow win. Fourie was in among a pack of Stormers forwards who piled over in the 77th to steal victory.
The Stormers move above the Bulls and off the bottom of the South African conference. The Hurricanes are second from bottom in the New Zealand standings ahead of only the Crusaders, but started their season with two tough games away against the Sharks and Stormers.
Stormers 19 (Deon Fourie try; Demetri Catrakilis conversion, 4 penalties) def. Hurricanes 18 (Julian Savea, Cory Jane tries; Beauden Barrett conversion, 2 penalties). HT: 6-12.