Super Rugby
Stormers outlast 14-man Blues in Cape Town
ESPN Staff
February 21, 2015
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Date/Time: Feb 21, 2015, 17:05 local, 15:05 GMT
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Stormers 27 - 16 Blues
Half-time: 18 - 6
Tries: Groom, Leyds
Cons: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 4, Coleman
Tries: Cowan
Cons: West
Pens: West 3
The Stormers' Dillyn Leyds flies over for a try, Stormers v Blues, Cape Town, February 21, 2015
The Stormers' Dillyn Leyds flies over
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The Blues, a man down for most of the match, have fallen to their second Super Rugby defeat, losing to the Stormers 27-16 in Cape Town.

Nic Groom and Dillyn Leyds scored the tries for Stormers at Newlands, who made it two wins from the first two rounds. Demetri Catrakilis kicked four penalties for the South Africans, while Kurt Coleman added a fifth. The Blues' only try came through Jimmy Cowan, with Ihaia West kicking three penalties and a conversion.

But it was always an uphill struggle for the visitors after lock Hayden Triggs was sent off for a reported punch in the 24th minute. Assistant referee Marius van der Westhuizen spotted the incident with Triggs, which handed the advantage to the Stormers, although they may be disappointed not to have added more to their try tally with an extra man for most of the match.

The Stormers remain unbeaten in 2015 following a 27-16 win over the Blues (Australia only)

The Blues had taken a 6-3 lead in the seventh minute thanks to two West penalties but Groom raced through after a driving maul was held up on the Blues tryline for the first touchdown of the game.

Catrakilis missed the conversion but slotted the extras to Leyds' try after he caught a high kick and stepped his way past the Blues defence to score. Another penalty, this time against the Blues scrum, was kicked by the Stormers' first five-eighth as the hosts took a 18-6 lead at half-time.

The opposing first fives traded penalties early in the second period before halfback Cowan scored next to the posts to reduce the deficit to 21-16 after West's conversion. Catrakilis added another penalty kick from close range to his side's total before he was substituted for Coleman, who closed out the match with a well-struck penalty.

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