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Stormers lose winning start

The Stormers saw their 100 per cent winning start to the new Super Rugby season come to an end as they suffered a 28-19 home defeat to the Chiefs at Newlands.

The Chiefs needed a second-half comeback to take their win tally to four in five games, with James Lowe and Sam Cane crossing over for the visitors after Aaron Cruden's first-half effort.

Kobus van Wyk had scored the Stormers' only try early in the first half as they led 16-13 at the break thanks also to a hat-trick of Kurt Coleman penalties, but it was the Chiefs who would have the final say in Cape Town.

Cruden was the driving force for the Chiefs, as he scored with an early penalty, although Coleman levelled things up in similar fashion on 15 minutes despite being slightly off colour with an earlier attempt.

The Chiefs then had a worry over Sonny Bill Williams who needed treatment following a clash of heads before being able to return the fray later on, and it did not get better on the pitch with Van Wyk finishing off a fine Stormers move to which Coleman added the extras.

Then came Cruden's response as he gratefully received the final pass from Bryce Heem to cross over before the half-hour mark, before also kicking the conversion.

The Stormers - looking to make it five wins from five this season - still went into half-time with a lead, though, thanks to Coleman's third penalty, from nearly 50 metres out.

Lowe did not take long to register the Chiefs' second try, and despite a rally from the hosts which included a Demetri Catrakilis penalty, Cane was able to gather the ball deep in the Stormers half and power over.

And even though Cruden missed that conversion, the final whistle came not long after, which saw the Chiefs, Super Rugby champions in 2012 and 2013, maintain their push for a top-three place.


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