Chiefs beat Stormers 9-15 in low-scoring affair

Liam Messam was part of the winning Chiefs side
Liam Messam was part of the winning Chiefs side

Stormers 9 - 15 Chiefs, Cape Town

Stormers chances of making it to the play-off of the ongoing Super Rugby season were dealt a major blow as they were defeated 9-15 by Chiefs in Cape Town on Saturday.

This is Stormers' seventh defeat from 12 games as they remain at bottom of South African Conference while Chiefs are at fourth in New Zealand Conference.

Damian Willemse got Stormers off the mark with a 15th minute penalty goal but Chiefs claimed the lead back six minutes later when Anton Lienert-Brown collected an offload from wing Solomon Alaimalo to score a straightforward try and it remained the only points in the first half.

Both the teams were struggling to find the points and 14 minutes after the break Willemse kicked his second penalty goal to take Stormers to one point lead but the pressure exerted by the Chiefs in the scrum saw them awarded a penalty try in the 65th minute after the home side committed several infringements.

As the final 10 minutes kicked-off, Chiefs had a slender 6-12 lead and McKenzie provided them a breathing space with his first penalty kick in the 75th minute. Even though, SP Marais negated his effort with a three-pointer in the 78th minute, the final push from the South African side did not come as they succumbed to a six point defeat.