Sport / Rugby

Ross Roche
Senior sports writer
2 minute read
9 Oct 2021
9:21 pm

Stormers and Edinburgh draw after scoreless second half

Ross Roche

The man of the match was South Africa born Jaco van der Walt.

Warrick Gelant with his Stormers team-mates. Picture: Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images

South Africa born and bred flyhalf Jaco van der Walt received a deserved player of the match award as the Stormers and Edinburgh could not be separated, drawing 20-all in their United Rugby Championship clash at the DAM Health Stadium on Saturday evening.

Neither side seemed content with the draw as the match finally came to an end after 84 minutes.

This after the Stormers were awarded a scrum on the half way line on 80 minutes, worked their way into drop goal territory only for flyhalf Tim Swiel to send his drop attempt well wide, with Edinburgh then looking to attack from their own try line before Van Der Walt decided the risk was too great and cleared to touch to end proceedings.

It was a cracking end to an intense second half that didn’t see a single point scored, although Van Der Walt was just short with a long range penalty from over 50m out and Swiel went wide with an attempt from about 30m.

The first half saw all of the games points and got off to a flying start for the home side as magic from Van Der Walt helped Edinburgh storm into a 14-0 lead after just eight minutes.

Twice Van Der Walt showed magic feet to breakthrough some poor Stormers defence, first offloading to right wing Graham Darcy to score and the second time to scrumhalf Ben Vellacott, with Van Der Walt knocking over both conversions.

This seemed to snap the Stormers into action as they responded straight from the kick off, working the ball through a number of phases that featured some fantastic offloading, including the last pass from hooker Scarra Ntubeni to fullback Warrick Gelant as he crashed over to score, with Swiel slotting the extras.

A successful penalty from Swiel in the 14th minute then had the Stormers back in the match at 14-10, only for Van Der Walt to make it a seven point game again with a 28th minute penalty.

A frantic final seven minutes of the half then saw the Stormers draw level through another good try as eighthman Evan Roos broke through the defensive line and offloaded to scrumhalf Paul de Wet to score, while both flyhalves then traded penalties to make sure they went into the break level pegging.

Scorers

Stormers – Tries: Warrick Gelant, Paul de Wet; Conversions: Tim Swiel (2); Penalties: Tim Swiel (2)

Edinburgh – Tries: Darcy Graham, Ben Vellacott; Conversion: Jaco van der Walt (2); Penalties: Jaco van der Walt (2)