Stormers edge out Force
An early penalty try set the Stormers on their way to a 13-6 Super Rugby win over the Western Force in Perth.
A powerful scrum after 10 minutes earned them the five points, with Demetri Catrakilis in the first half and Kurt Coleman in the second also adding penalties.
Luke Burton kicked two three-pointers for the hosts, who only trailed 10-6 at the break, but he was later sin-binned and they could not muster a second-half score, being denied at the death by the TMO, and slipped to their eighth straight loss.
Catrakilis and Burton exchanged early penalties before t he visitors made their domination at the scrum count.
The Stormers had the upped hand at the scrum all match and the penalty try, with Catrakilis adding the extras, made it 10-3.
Burton reduced the arrears before the break with another penalty.
The Force came out for the second half with all guns blazing and put their opponents under considerable pressure.
Burton hit the post with a penalty which would have brought the hosts to within a point, but the only score of the half came at the other end instead.
In the 75th minute Burton was sent to the bin for cynical play and Coleman nailed the penalty.
Still the Force kept on coming and they thought they had a try after the siren.
Steve Mafi was stopped short of the line, but the Force drove over.
The referee, though, was not convinced and went upstairs to the TMO who ruled no try to end the hosts' hopes.