The players make their way out to an excited crowd.
The referee for today’s match is Pierre Brousset from France, who will be assisted by Frenchmen Vincent Blasco Baque and Flavian Hourquet. Eric Gauzins from France will take control of the TMO.
Harlequins: 15 Nick David, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Andre Esterhuizen, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Danny Care (c), 1 Joe Marler, 2 Jack Walker, 3 Wilco Louw, 4 Dino Lamb, 5 Irne Herbst, 6 Jack Kenningham, 7 Will Evans, 8 Alex Dombrandt. Replacements: 16 Sam Riley, 17 Fin Baxter, 18 Will Collier, 19 George Hammond, 20 Tom Lawday, 21 Lewis Gjaltema, 22 Tommy Allan, 23 Oscar Beard.
Stormers: 15 Damian Willemse, 14 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Daniel du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Hacjivah Dayimani, 7 Ben-Jason Dixon, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ernst van Rhyn, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Joseph Dweba, 1 Steven Kitshoff (c). Replacements: 16 JJ Kotze, 17 Brok Harris, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Gary Porter, 20 Willie Engelbrecht, 21 Marcel Theunissen, 22 Paul de Wet, 23 Clayton Blommetjies
The Harlequins are in good health and will use that to their advantage, as they are known for playing very attacking rugby, and as such can catch out some of the weaker Stormer’s players. John Dobson even went as far as to say that the visitors are able to put his side under pressure if they get quick balls, and are able to click under the home sides conditions.
Stormers find themselves without Ruben van Heerdan, who is ineligible to compete in the tournament for the Stormers, as he played for Exeter in the early rounds of the competition. This might cause some difficulties for the Stormers, as the lock was brought in to replace injured Salmaan Moerat who suffered a knee injury.
The Harlequins have found themselves on the wrong end of four of their last five fixtures. Their last result was a 36-24 defeat to the Saracens, despite their loss the Harlequins showed great determination and fought to the final whistle. Their efforts will not be forgotten in the upcoming match, as they will look to rectify their loss.
Stormers have been in decent from, having won three and drawn one of their last five fixtures. Their last game saw a 22-22 draw against Leinster, in what was a nail-biting finish. The Stormers will be in full force to face their visitors, and will be hoping to secure a win in front of a very packed Cape Town Stadium.
Good afternoon and welcome to our live coverage of the Champions Cup clash between the Stormers and the Harlequins at the Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa.
TRY, STORMERS, FOURIE!5-0: An early try for the home side after a quick break down the right side gives the number six a massive opportunity.
Smith gets the game underway.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 7-0: A well taken kick from the right side of the posts putsch Stormers in the driving seat.
TRY, HARLEQUINS, DOMBRANDT! 7-5: After a well taken line out in front of the Stormers' line out gives them a chance back into the game with a great carry over.
CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, SMITH! 7-7: A pin point kick from the number 10 sees the sides go level.
Stormers are on the attack as they throw themselves at their guests as they put the pressure on.
TRY, STORMERS,KITSHOFF ! 12-7: After a well worked line out the Stormers are able to dominate the Harlequins, giving their skipper a chance to push over the line.
The Stormers are on a powerful attack as they dominate the Harlequins defence... But they play is stopped and Stormers take it back and kick for a line out, just in front of the guest's try line.
Stormers have possession in their half and are forced to clear their lines.
Stormers are relentless and look like they could score off any chance they get.
The Harlequins have a scrum just inside their own half... and are awarded a free kick for misconduct in the scrum.
The Stormers are back on the attack, but are quickly stopped... and they take it back for a free kick.
A missed throw from the line out sees the Harlequins on the attack...but the Stormers are able to intercept and begin their counter attack... but the Harlequins are able to defend well.
Stormers have a scrum just inside the Harlequins' 22... but the away side are able to steal it and claim a free kick.
Stormers are back on the attack after stealing a line out... and they are able to make some great territory, but the Harlequins are able to deal with it and clear their lines.
Scrum for the Harlequins just inside their own half... but the concede possession for misconduct in the scrum.
Smith is forced to clear his lines... Stormers are back on the attack and are not letting up anytime soon.
A great penalty clearance from Libbok gives the Stormers a line out just outside the Harlequins' 22.
TRY, STORMERS, FOURIE! 17-7: The number six finds a massive gap from the maul, giving him his second try.
Stormers are forced to clear their lines... but are unable to make a good amount of territory with their exit.
The Harlequins are on a dangerous looking attack, and almost claim a try after a Willemse error just in front of his own try line... Harlequins have an attacking scrum as they look to close the gap.
Stormers have a defensive scrum after a dangerous Harlequins' attack ends after a misguided pass...the Stormers are awarded a free kick and clear their lines, relieving some of the pressure.
Stormers concede possession in the line out, after the ball isn't thrown straight... Harlequins have a scrum inside the Stormers' half.
The Harlequins grab a line out in front of the Stormers try line... the Stormers are able to deal with the attack, but concede possession for offside.
Libbok gets the game restarted.
The Stormers have dominated in the first half with most of the territory in their favour. Harlequins have fought hard to find another attacking chance, but are finding it difficult to break down the Stormers’ lines.
Harlequins keep on attacking, but are unable to find a way through.
Harlequins with a deadly attack, but the Stormers are able to defend well, right on their try line.
Harlequins with a line out just in front of their try line, after a Libbok cross kick goes too far wide.
Another scrum for the Stormers after the harlequins collapsed the first one. A repeating issue that has been seen in all the scrums today.
Harlequins are forced to clear their lines after the Stormers lay on some massive pressure, and they claim a line out just outside the away sides 22.
Harlequins given a sight of hope, after a Stormers try is disallowed for double movement.
TRY, STORMERS, WILLEMSE! 22-7: After a well worked scrum, Libbok is able to find Senatla down the left side who offloads the ball, giving Willemse a chance to find the left corner with an acrobatic finish.
Harlequins have a line out just outside their 22... and are able to create a powerful driving maul to gain some territory.
Harlequins with a scrum just inside the home side's half... Smith looks to find his number 14 on the right with a cross kick, but they are unable to maximise after a handling error.
Stormers clear their lines, and are back on the attack after a pin point cross kick from Libbok.
SUBSTITUTION, STORMERS, DWEBA off for KOTZE.
PENALTY, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 25-7: A tremendous kick from the half way line sails over to extend his side’s lead.
Stormers find themselves back on the attack after a well executed scrum... but they concede possession after a kick goes out, giving the Harlequins a line out just inside the Stormers' half.
SUBSTITUTION, HARLEQUINS, NORTHMORE off for BEARD.
Harlequins take a free kick after their advantage comes to an end... and they kick for a line out just in front of the Stormers' try line.
SUBSTITUTION, STORMERS, KITSHOFF off for HARRIS.
Harlequins claim another attacking line out, just in front of their host's try line.. and are now on a dangerous attack, but Stormers are able to deal with it.
The Harlequins are on the attack and are throwing themselves at the Stormers, but are struggling to find a gap.
SUBSTITUTION, STORMERS, JANTJIES off for DE WET.
Harlequins are on the attack after a well worked scrum...but the Stormers are not giving them any sight of goal.
Stormers have scrum, just in front of their 22, after a lethal Harlequins attack comes to an end after a handling error.
SUBSTITUTION, HARLEQUINS, MARLER off for BAXTER.
Stormers have a Scrum just outside of the Harlequins' 22...the home side are on the attack after a powerful scrum, but the attack comes to an end and the home side maintain possession after their advantage ended.
TRY, STORMERS, ENGELBRECHT! 30-7: After a well taken line out, the Stormers are able to dominate their opponents with a powerful maul, putting what looks to be the final nail in the coffin.
CONVERSION, STORMERS, LIBBOK! 32-7:A well taken kick from the right side of the posts sees the Stormers run away from their competitors.
TRY, HARLEQUINS, DOMBRANDT! 32-12: A well taken try after a quick break sees the away side grab some conciliation points.
TRY, HARLEQUINS, ESTERHUIZEN! 32-19: A quick break away from the away side gives the number 12 a chance to grab another try under the posts.
CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, SMITH! 32-14: A well taken kick sees the Harlequins close the gap, but its just too late for them to get back into the game.
CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, SMITH! 32-21: A calmly taken kick sees the Harlequins close in on the gap.
A great all-round display of rugby from the Stormers who were relentless up until the final whistle. Harlequins fought hard until the end, and managed to grab some late tries, but were too late to make a comeback.
CONVERSION, HARLEQUINS, SMITH! 32-28: A well taken kick from the away side sees them hone in on the gap as the final whistle goes.
TRY, HARLEQUINS, MARCHANT! 32-26: the number 14 is able to capitalise on a Stormers handling error, giving him the space to break away.
Harlequins have a line out just inside the Stormers' 22, and they find themselves on the attack with one of their best spells of play this game.
2' Fourie Deon Andre
9' Kitshoff Steven
29' Fourie Deon A...
48' Willemse Damian
75' Engelbrecht W...
5' Dombrandt Alex
78' Dombrandt Alex
79' Esterhuizen A...
80' Marchant Joe
3' Libbok Manie
76' Libbok Manie
6' Smith Marcus
79' Smith Marcus
80' Smith Marcus
80' Smith Marcus
57' Libbok Manie
Van Rhyn Ernst
Fourie Deon Andre
Dixon Ben Jason
du Plessis Daniel
Philip Herbst Irne
De Wet Albertus Paul
Fouche Johan Neet...