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Despite another second half slump, the DHL Stormers moved back into pole position on the Vodacom Super Rugby log following their 19-13 win over the Waratahs at DHL Newlands in Cape Town on Saturday evening. It would've been frustrating for the fans of the team from Cape Town, but they are still on the winning track and showed in the first half what they are capable of. Furthermore, conditions deteriorated in the second half, which made constructive attacking play very difficult.
First half tries by Joe Pietersen and Tiaan Liebenberg saw the DHL Stormers go into the break ahead comfortably by 16-3, but like last week against the Toyota Cheetahs, their opponents came out stronger in the second half.
Rob Horne scored early for the Waratahs and after a penalty goal by Brendan McKibbin, the score was suddenly 16-13. But Peter Grant added another three-pointer for the DHL Stormers and for the last half hour the scorers weren't troubled.
The DHL Stormers' defence was again rock solid, but their tactical kicking can probably improve. However, they bagged the points and will head to Durban next week as the pace-setters in the competition.
DHL Stormers â€“ Tries: Joe Pietersen, Tiaan Liebenberg. Penalty goals: Peter Grant (2), Pietersen.
Waratahs â€“ Try: Rob Horne. Conversion: Brendan McKibbin. Penalty goals: McKibbin (2).
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