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Stormers comeback kills Dragons
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Stormers comeback kills Dragons

The Stormers produced a late blitzkrieg to complete an epic 44-21 comeback win over the Dragons at Rodney Parade in Newport.

The South Africans had to work hard for their bonus-point victory as they trailed until the final quarter before blowing Dragons away with three late tries.

With the match hanging in the balance for most of the 80 minutes, Stormers’ substitutes made the difference as the visitors pulled away in the closing stages thanks to Sacha Feinberg-Mgomezulu’s late brace.

CONTEST OVERVIEW

The home side dominated the area and possession in the early stages, opening an 11-0 lead thanks to an unconverted try and two penalties. The Stormers fought back but it still wasn’t enough to put them ahead as they went into the break trailing 11-10.

The Dragons outscored the Stormers by 10 points to three in the early stages of the second half, leaving the visitors 11 points behind on the scoreboard.

But that was as good as it got for the Dragons as the Stormers got their act together and piled on the pressure and points to get into a match-winning position.

Angelo Davids rushed over for his second try of the match before Feinberg-Mngomezulu’s heroics in two tries ended the match in the visiting side’s favour.

Aside from the tries scored, Manie Libbok’s impeccable seven from seven performance from the kicking tee played a huge role in the Stormers’ success on the night.

URC PLAYER OF THE MATCH

Stormers full-back Warrick Gelant was central to his side’s attacking efforts in the final quarter, but crucially it was his alertness who created their first try that buoyed them after a miserable start.

DRAGONS V STORMERS SCORERS

Stormers — Tries: Angelo Davids (2), Feinberg-Mngomezulu (2). Conversions: Manie Libbok (4). Penalties: Libbok (3).
Dragons — Tries: Harri Keddie, Aaron Wainwright. Conversion: Will Reed. Penalties: Cane (3).

Stormers comeback kills Dragons
Stormers fullback Warrick Gelant was named Man of the Match. Image: Via URC.