The Stormers were too strong for the Hurricanes in their Super Rugby clash in Palmerston North tonight.
FULL TIME: Hurricanes 16-18 Stormers
The stormers hang on to upset the Hurricanes at home.
Bryan Habana's charge down of Beauden Barrett's first half conversion attempt proved crucial in the wash-up with just two-points seperating the teams.
The Stormers defence was like a brick wall for most of the match as they managed to constantly get numbers to the tackled-ball area to stifle the Hurricanes attack.
The Hurricanes changed tactics briefly in the lead up to Andre Taylor's try but could not land the killer blow when they needed while the visitors did enough to hang on.
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76mins Hurricanes 16-18 Stormers
The Hurricanes need the ball with the Stormers ahead with only a
couple minutes remaining. Can they pull one out of the bag here?
63mins Hurricanes 16-18 Stormers
TRY! The Stormers bounce back almost immediately to reclaim the lead, winger Gio Aplon diving over after a strong run from No. 8 Duane Vermeulen.
Pietersen's conversion swings wide.
58mins Hurricanes 16-13 Stormers
TRY! The Hurricanes hit back with a fine try to Andre Taylor in the corner. Patient buildup followed a strong midfield bust by Alapati Leiua which put them on the front foot.
Barrett's conversion is waved away.
53mins Hurricanes 11-13 Stormers
Pietersen edges the Stormers ahead with a penalty after the Hurricanes infringed at a ruck.
44mins Hurricanes 11-10 Stormers
The Hurricanes are pinged for breaking from the scrum early
allowing Pietersen to nail a 40-metre penalty to make it a
one-point ball game.
40mins Hurricanes 11-7 Stormers
Joe Pietersen kicks off the second half for the Stormers who now have the wind at their backs.
HALFTIME: Hurricanes 11-7 Stormers
The Hurricanes wrestled the lead back with Proctor's try before the break in what was a hard-fought first half.
Scrappy play and the referee's whistle dominated the early exchanges while the Hurricanes controlled possession and territory.
The visitors did well to come back and looked imposing up front
while producing stiff defence throughout the backs. It looked like
they would take the edge in to the second-half until the Hurricanes
turned up the heat in the final five minutes.
A fired-up Ben Franks has been in everything although he has felt the ire of the referees whistle on a couple of occasions, while halfback TJ Perenara has been lively in attack.
Stand by for a thrilling second half.
39mins Hurricanes 11-7 Stormers
TRY! The Hurricanes strike just before the break with Julian Savea's replacement Matt Proctor scoring out wide.
Barrett had his conversion charged down by a determined Bryan
32mins Hurricanes 6-7 Stormers
TRY! The Stormers get the one they were looking for after two
instances of the Hurricanes spoiling the play.
The Stormers forwards drove over the line for Michael Rhodes to score with Pietersen adding the extras.
27mins Hurricanes 6-0 Stormers
Thrush is sin-binned for a professional foul after he pulled down a Stormers driving maul when they looked set to score.
25mins Hurricanes 6-0 Stormers
Hurricanes lock Jeremy Thrush earns a penalty which Barrett bangs between the sticks.
20mins Hurricanes 3-0 Stormers
Penalty goes against the Hurricanes after Ben Franks reacted to having his leg lifted in a scrum and threw a couple of punches at Stormers No. 6 Siya Kolisi.
Very scrappy opening quarter from both teams.
10mins Hurricanes 3-0 Stormers
Barrett falls short with an angled 50-metre penalty shot after the Stormers' backs were caught offside at a lineout.
Stop-start beginning to this match with neither side able to
find their rhythm.
4mins Hurricanes 3-0 Stormers
The Stormers miss a chance to level with fullback Joe
Pietersen's penalty attempt drifting away from the posts after
Hurricanes prop Ben Franks was ruled to have collapsed a
2mins Hurricanes 3-0 Stormers
Barrett gives the Hurricanes the early lead with a 25-metre penalty from in front.
TJ Perenara's pass hit an offside Stormers player to ruin their first attacking chance.
0mins Hurricanes 0-0 Stormers
Play is underway with Beauden Barrett kicking off for the Hurricanes, who have the wind at their backs for the first half.
Before kick-off both teams lined up for an ANZAC Day commemorative service and a minutes silence.
It's all about the return of Bryan Habana for the men from Cape Town. The Stormers have lacked penetration and that's one trait the Boks speedster has in spades.
On the other hand, Hurricanes star winger Julian Savea has made himself unavailable pending assault charges. His exit is one of many changes, with Jason Eaton, Karl Lowe, Victor Vito, TJ Perenara and Andre Taylor all returning to the starting side and winger Matt Proctor making his debut.
The Stormers haven't won on the road since last year. The Hurricanes have only lost one match at home this year in what was their first game of the season.
Hurricanes: 15-Andre Taylor, 14-Alapati Leiua, 13-Conrad Smith (c), 12-Tim Bateman, 11-Matt Proctor, 10-Beauden Barrett, 9-TJ Perenara, 8-Victor Vito, 7-Karl Lowe, 6-Brad Shields, 5-Jason Eaton, 4-Jeremy Thrush, 3-Jeffery Toomaga-Allen, 2-Motu Matu'u, 1-Ben Franks.
Reserves: Ash Dixon, Ben May, Mark Reddish, Faifili Levave, Ardie Savea, Chris Smylie, Tusi Pisi.
Stormers: 15. Joe Pietersen,14. Gio Aplon,13. Juan de Jongh,12. Jean de Villiers (captain),11. Bryan Habana,10. Gary van Aswegen,9. Dewaldt Duvenage,8. Duane Vermeulen (vice-captain),7. Michael Rhodes,6. Siya Kolisi,5. Andries Bekker,4. De Kock Steenkamp,3. Pat Cilliers,2. Deon Fourie,1. Steven Kitshoff
Reserves :16. Scarra Ntubeni,17. Brok Harris,18. Rynhardt Elstadt,19. Nizaam Carr,20. Nic Groom,21. Louis Schreuder,22. Damian de Allende