Edinburgh lose out in Cape Town

Edinburgh fell just short in Cape Town this evening with the hosts DHL Stormers winning 28-17 to book their place in the Final Four of the URC.

Warrick Gelant and Dave Cherry touched down as the sides went in level at 10-10 at half-time, struggling to be separated again following their 20-20 draw at the DAM Health Stadium earlier in the season.

However, Edinburgh had seen Magnus Bradbury sin-binned before the interval and Ruhan Nel’s score with the capital side still down to 14 men early in the second half was followed 10 minutes later by an Evan Roos try as the hosts – who ended the regular season second to Leinster – pulled clear.

Henry Pyrgos responded for Mike Blair’s side, but the Stormers defence held firm thereafter as 13 points from the boot of Manie Libbok helped keep Edinburgh at bay.

The result means the Stormers will host Ulster in next weekend’s semi-finals, while Edinburgh exit the competition and will now prepare for the 2022/23 season.

The Stormers took only two minutes to score the game’s first try, with Gelant pouncing after Hacjivah Dayimani’s offload was deflected into the end zone by Blair Kinghorn.

Libbok reached 150 points for the season with the conversion and scored a penalty off the left-hand post after Emiliano Boffelli had got Edinburgh off the mark with a three-pointer at the other end.

Edinburgh opted against going for goal from their next penalty and were rewarded for their bravery when Cherry touched down from a lineout drive, with Boffelli sending over the conversion from wide on the left flank.

Boffelli executed a vital ankle tap to stop Gelant short of the line on the half-hour mark, but the task of keeping the Stormers out got tougher when Bradbury was yellow-carded for a harsh high contact on Roos.

Edinburgh made it to half-time without sustaining any further damage on the scoreboard, but the Stormers did get over before Bradbury’s return, with Nel taking the inside pass from Seabelo Senatla to touch down.

Libbok made no mistake with the extras in front of the posts and added a penalty to open up a 10-point advantage, although he was off target after Roos picked up a loose ball to score and put further daylight between the sides.

Mike Blair’s men would not lie down and Henry Pyrgos scored under the posts after some strong carrying from Luke Crosbie, with Boffelli pulling Edinburgh back within eight.

However, Libbok added a subsequent penalty to move the Stormers 11 clear and complete the scoring.

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