Storm­ers win with try rugby

De­spite the South­ern Kings look­ing good at the be­gin­ning, un­forced er­rors gave the win­ners much lee­way

CityPress - - Sport - SIMNIKIWE XABANISA sports@city­press.co.za

The end re­sult might have been a bonus points win and an un­beaten record for the Storm­ers this sea­son as ex­pected, but that fi­nal score might be a lit­tle flat­ter­ing to the win­ners.

For the first and the third quar­ter in the game, which was played at Nel­son Man­dela Sta­dium in Port El­iz­a­beth, the Kings were com­pet­i­tive, but the Storm­ers scored six sparkling tries against

The Kings have yet to beat a do­mes­tic team in Su­per Rugby com­pe­ti­tion.

The Kings’ un­forced er­rors time and again un­der­mined a lively back­line fea­tur­ing the un­der­rated Maka­zole Mapimpi, Masixole Banda, Mal­colm Jaer and Lionel Cronjé.

That cost them, as did the fact that the Storm­ers had too much am­mu­ni­tion in their tal­ented side. They were clin­i­cal in tak­ing their opportunities, de­spite de­liv­er­ing a rather scrappy per­for­mance.

Be­lieve it or not, the Kings had started the game on even terms with their more il­lus­tri­ous op­po­nents – hold­ing their own in the scrums, giv­ing as good as they got in the line-outs by steal­ing as much as was be­ing poached from them, while open­side flank Chris Cloete made his for­mer team-mates’ lives a night­mare in the break­downs.

With Cloete a me­nace over the ball, blind­side flanker Them­be­lani Bholi was a pain in the back­side go­ing for­ward, run­ning over poor Nizaam Carr twice in the first half.

Un­til then, fly half Cronjé was also do­ing what sec­ond-best for­wards love to bits from their fly halves – he turned the Storm­ers around with lit­tle grub­bers and bigish touch-find­ers.

But the one thing that al­ways looked sus­pect was the hosts’ de­fence struc­tures in that they re­lied rather heav­ily on scram­ble de­fence. It didn’t take the vis­i­tors long to ex­pose that, with winger Dil­lyn Leyds beat­ing three de­fend­ers while Way­lon Mur­ray, Cronjé and Jaer took turns watch­ing him dance down the touch­line to score.

With that in­fu­sion of con­fi­dence, the Storm­ers sud­denly found the nec­es­sary gears in their set pieces, with a dor­mant but pow­er­ful scrum mov­ing up a gear, and the line-out jumpers find­ing a way to crack the code of the Kings’ main line-out jumpers, Irné Herbst and Ruaan Lerm.

The Kings made the vis­i­tors’ lives eas­ier by kick­ing away the pos­ses­sion that Cloete got them.

This in­vited the Storm­ers to off­load ei­ther be­fore or in the tackle, and caused Bjorn Bas­son and Ryn­hardt El­stadt’s tries in the first half.

PHOTO: RICHARD HUGGARD / GALLO IMAGES

EYES ON THE BRAWL South­ern Kings’ Chris Cloete knocks down Storm­ers’ De­waldt Du­ve­nage dur­ing yes­ter­day’s Su­per Rugby match at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium

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