The Stormers hosted the Cheetahs at Newlands on Friday night as part of their Pre-Season series, and the visitors came away surprise victors 22 – 14, thanks mainly to the boot of young Johan Goosen.
Goosen kept the Cheetahs noses in front for the match, starting off by scoring 9 points in the first half, 6 through penalties and adding a drop goal to lead 9 – 6 at half time. The Stormers’ points were scored by the Greek God himself, Demetri Catrakilis, who seemed to have an off night with the boot, missing two penalties in the first half.
The second half was a complete opposite to the rather dull first half, with both sides getting in on the try scoring action. Deon Fourie was the first to cross the white line, barging over in the corner and leaving a difficult conversion for his kicker, which was missed. The Cheetahs hit back almost immediately, through winger Rocco Jansen, the try being converted by Goosen for a 16 – 11 lead.
The rest of the scoring came down to the kickers again, as the Cheetahs held their nerve and managed to keep the Stormers backs at bay to score a deserved victory in Cape Town.
Stormers: Try: Deon Fourie. Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis (3).
Cheetahs: Try: Rocco Jansen. Conversion: Johan Goosen. Penalties: Goosen (3) and Sias Ebersohn. Drop-goal: Goosen.Tweet