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Giteau cannot save the Force

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :In the news, Stormers, Super 14 on 10 May 2009 at 07:05
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A vintage effort from five-eighth Matt Giteau in his penultimate game for the Western Force wasn’t enough to maintain their Super 14 finals hopes as they slipped to a 25-24 loss to the lowly Stormers in Cape Town.

Rugbyheaven Aus reports that the Force picked up a bonus point for a narrow loss but defeat left them six points adrift of the fourth-placed Crusaders heading into next weekend’s last-round clash with the Highlanders.

Giteau, who will return to the Brumbies next season, scored 19 points, including two of his team’s three tries.

Desperate for a bonus point win to keep their season alive, the West Australians were guilty of pushing passes and making mistakes.

They secured plenty of territory and possession, but most of their attacks broke down due to poor execution.

Down 12-0 early and 15-7 at halftime, the Force hit back to lead 17-15 after Giteau converted his first try in the 62nd minute.

The Stormers regained the lead with a penalty to five-eighth Willem de Waal but the match turned decisively in the following five minutes.

Force flanker David Pocock had a try rubbed out after the television match official deemed he put a foot in touch.

Within two minutes the Stormers opened up a 25-17 lead with a converted try to fullback Jo Pietersen, his second of the game, despite Force centre Ryan Cross appearing to be obstructed in the buildup.

The Force got within one point with five to go after Giteau converted his second try, but the visitors couldn’t find the extra score to keep their season alive.

The visitors had made the worst possible start, with exciting fullback Pietersen scoring a chip and chase try in the second minute.

The home side opened up a 12-0 lead when de Waal converted his 17th minute try after he zipped between Giteau and winger Scott Staniforth following a lineout.

STORMERS 25 (Joe Pietersen 2, Willem de Waal tries de Waal, Peter Grant cons de Waal 2 pens)
WESTERN FORCE 24 (Matt Giteau 2, James O’Connor tries Giteau 3 cons pen)

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    Force cry foul over winning try
    Sat, 09 May 2009 23:43

    Western Force officials were fuming after a controversial try gave the Stormers a 25-24 victory in their Super 14 encounter at Newlands on Saturday.

    Visiting coaching staff gave the assistant referees a tongue-lashing for not bringing the alleged obstruction of Force centre Ryan Cross, by Dylan Des Fountain, to the attention of South African referee Marius Jonker.

    The incident occurred as Cross and his teammates tried to prevent fullback Joe Pietersen crossing for a 71st-minute try that centre Peter Grant converted to give Stormers a 25-17 advantage.

    Western Force coach John Mitchell, in his post-match comment, described the obstruction as “blatant” and said “you just can’t get away with that at this level of the game.”

    Force fly-half and one-man scoring machine Matt Giteau kept his team in the game with a try five minutes from full-time, that he converted to leave just a point between the teams in a fiery tussle.

    But the adventurous Australians ran out of time as they sought a fourth try that would have given them a bonus-point victory and a slim chance of reaching the knockout phase in the southern hemisphere championship.

    Force skipper and Wallaby lock Nathan Sharpe made no reference to the incident in his post-match interview and conceded that a poor first-half performance had cost the Perth franchise dearly.

    “We played very badly during the opening 40 minutes, but let us take nothing away from a good display by the Stormers. The team must now head home and prepare to face the Highlanders in our final match,” Sharpe said.

    Stormers captain Luke Watson hailed a winning team lacking several first-choice stars, including injured Springboks Conrad Jantjes and Schalk Burger.

    “We won this match for our awesome supporters and coach Rassie Erasmus. There has been too much heat on him because some results did not go our way due to bad luck. He is among the best in South Africa, if not the world,” said Watson.

    Pietersen, given a starting place after Jantjes broke his right leg last weekend, scored two tries and flyhalf Willem de Waal one for the Stormers, who had another disallowed when Des Fountain dropped the ball over the tryline.

    Veteran De Waal also kicked two penalties and a conversion and another try was converted by Grant.

    Giteau, twice, and teenage centre James O’Connor crossed the line for Force with the former converting the three tries and kicking a penalty to raise his season tally to 117 points.

    A blot on the Stormers’ copybook was the seemingly harsh late first-half expulsion of hooker Tiaan Liebenberg to the ‘sin bin’ with blood streaming down his face after a private boxing match involving Force wing Haig Sare.

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