Date Time Competition Season
30 April 2022 4:15 pm United Rugby Championship 2021/22

Match Report

URC: Cards cost Leinster in Cape Town

While Leinster proved the dominating team through the first half, two yellow cards proved their downfall and it was Stormers who got the win away in Cape Town.

Stormers started the game off strong, making a break just 30 seconds in courtesy of the backline. Ruhan Nel got the offload from Gelant and went over the line but an obstruction from the eager Stormers meant the try was disallowed.

Leinster picked up the pace from the restart, winning the set piece after a good kick from Cormac Foley. A flat pass out to Frawley and through the hands of Russell saw Leinster inside Stormers 22’.

A series of penalties from the Stormers side dominate play in the first half, with the experienced Stormers getting caught in the scrum three times before the 20 minute mark. Despite the penalties slowing play, the Stormers got the first points on the board with a penalty kick by Libbok at fifteen minutes in.

A chase from the home team on the restart saw a chance turned down by a hit from Ruddock. Stormers offside marked another penalty for the Leinster side which saw Frawley match Stormers 3 points. Another chance for Ruddock had little Leinster options for the offload but saw the visitors get inside the 22’ once again.

Good set piece from Leinster once again saw a penalty for Leo Cullen’s side, which put them on top at six points to three . The dominating Leinster side saw quick hands from Scott Penny on the restart and the pack brought it up once again into the 22’.

Leinster called stormers bluff on the lineout but the resulting break of play resulted in a penalty against Clarkson in the scrum. First half finishing score of 6- 3 to the Leinster side proved impressive against the experienced Stormers.

Libbok fund a good field potion for the scrum on the restart which saw another breakdown from the Leinster side. The resulting yellow card saw McKee in the sinbin leaving them with 14 players. Devett and Ruis took full advantage of Leisters man down bringing it straight into the 22’.

Gelant got the ball over the line followed shortly by a chance for Ruis. Dunne and foley done well to held up a series of chances for the Stormers but Senatla got the ball over at the 53 minute mark, against the 14 manned Leinster.

Leinster done well to double back on tackles and as McKee made his way back on to the pitch Byrne was rewarded with a try for Leinsters efforts. Quick hands off the set piece saw Leinster capitalise on the return of McKee and they done well to hold up the powerful Stormers.

While Stormers took the win at 20-13, the lack of bonus point will prove significant for the Leinster side, who will look to continue their place at top of the table.

DHL Stormers


15Max O’Reilly Full-Back
14Adam Byrne 22 Winger 59'
13Jamie Osborne Centre
12Rory O’Loughlin Centre
11Robbie Russell Winger
10Ciaran Frawley Fly-Half 17', 19'
9Cormac Foley Scrum-Half 65'
1Ed Byrne 17 Prop 59'
2John McKee 16 Hooker 42'
3Tom Clarkson 18 Prop
4Brian Deeny 19 Lock
5Josh Murphy Lock
6Alex Soroka Flanker
7Scott Penny 23 Flanker
8Rhys Ruddock 20 No. 8
16Lee Barron 2
17Michael Milne 1 Prop
18Vakh Abdaladze 3 Prop
19Jack Dunne 4 Lock
20Sean O’Brien 8 Flanker
21Nick McCarthy Scrum-Half
22Harry Byrne 14 Fly-Half
23Martin Moloney 7 Flanker


Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium, South Forecourt, Cape Town Ward 115, Cape Town, City of Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005, South Africa