Graaff breaks Stormers hearts

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Cheetahs, Original Content, Stormers on 4 Feb 2013 at 09:00
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The Cheetahs may just have discovered a new darling (and valuable Johan Goosen understudy) in flyhalf Hansie Graaff, with the 23-year-old Griffons pivot stepping up late during Saturday’s pre-season clash against the Stormers to win the game with a huge penalty.

The visitors enjoyed the better of the play in the first half, although will have gained few new fans in grinding their way to an 11-0 half-time lead, courtesy of a try to flank Nizaam Carr, and two Kurt Coleman penalties.

The Cheetahs’ first points in the game, via a penalty to Riaan Smit, were shortly reversed as Carr crashed over again, but staring down the barrel of a big defeat (3-16) it was the home side who then struck back. Tries to scrumhalf Sarel Pretorius and flank Frans Viljoen saw them go ahead 17-16, before Coleman edged his side in front again. Centre Damian de Allende then rounded off a thrilling move to see the Stormers comfortably ahead, 26-17 as the game neared its climax.

A late try by Rocco Jansen saw the Cheetahs back within two, before Graaff’s last-minute heroic conversion of a 55 metre penalty attempt saw the hosts prevail, 27-26.

Tries: Sarel Pretorius, Frans Viljoen, Rocco Jansen
Cons: Elgar Watts 3
Pens: Riaan Smit, Hansie Graaff

Tries: Nizaam Carr 2, Damian de Allende
Con: Kurt Coleman
Pens: Coleman 3


  • Could have a field day with his surname . . .

    Graaff Buries Stormers at the Death ?

  • Comment 1, posted at 04.02.13 09:16:33 by Original Pierre Reply
    Original Pierre
  • Well done to the Cheetahs, and Bulls,

  • Comment 2, posted at 04.02.13 09:48:39 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • And it seems Hoffman is leaving the Sharks?

  • Comment 3, posted at 04.02.13 09:49:17 by sharks_lover Reply
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  • Good game?

  • Comment 4, posted at 04.02.13 14:11:29 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 4) : howzit tjomma. When are we going to have a drink?

  • Comment 5, posted at 04.02.13 14:26:58 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 5) :

    Good thanks champ. Just let me know. I’m back living not that far from you again.

  • Comment 6, posted at 04.02.13 16:04:08 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • No news on whether or not Habana is being cited for the knee to the face?

  • Comment 7, posted at 04.02.13 16:33:09 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 6) : whereabouts?

  • Comment 8, posted at 04.02.13 17:18:03 by robdylan Reply
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  • @robdylan (Comment 8) :

    East Dulwich bud. Made the move down late last year after five years in the countryside. Enjoying it thusfar!

  • Comment 9, posted at 05.02.13 18:01:28 by VinChainSaw Reply
  • @VinChainSaw (Comment 9) : that’s not far at all

  • Comment 10, posted at 05.02.13 19:39:47 by robdylan Reply
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  • @KSA Shark © (Comment 7) : Not that Ive heard or read. He is SA’s poster boy so dont hold your breath. I think he got away with kicking a Frenchman in the head a few years ago as well. 🙁

  • Comment 11, posted at 07.02.13 09:08:39 by Salmonoid Reply
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    Salmonoid the Subtle

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