Stormers a class apart from rivals
The Stormers made it five victories out of five in Super Rugby this season as they outclassed the Cheetahs with a score of 53-10 yesterday.
Dillyn Leyds, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Dan du Plessis, Dan du Preez and Siya Kolisi scored the hosts’ tries in an impressive triumph.
The Cheetahs’ only try came from Paul Schoeman as they suffered a fourth defeat in six games.
The Stormers looked a class apart from their opponents as they went into the half-time interval leading 22-3.
The Cheetahs, who lost Sergeal Petersen to injury before the game, struggled with their defensive decisions in the wider channels, and the hosts punished them on several occasions.
Nico Lee made errors in his decision making and the Stormers made him pay dearly for this.
On seven minutes, the Stormers were ahead thanks to Du Preez’s boot as he sent over one from distance.
That became 8-0 seven minutes later when SP Marais drew the defender and sent over Leyds from 20m out for his first try.
Fred Zeilinga cut the lead to five points 22 minutes later, but the Stormers responded soon after as Marais this time set up number eight Notshe for a run-in. That made it 15-3 to the home side and there was still plenty of time before the break to strike.
They did just that two minutes from half-time as EW Viljoen capitalised on poor defence to free Leyds, who scrambled his way over.
At this point, the Stormers had the bonus point in hand, but knew they had to solidify that in the second half, which they set about doing on 42 minutes when Marais again created the scoring, this time setting up Du Plessis for a simple try.
Despite the Cheetahs hitting back through a driving maul that Schoeman was at the back of, the Stormers were over again on 54 minutes when fly half Du Preez’s lovely chip saw him race over for the hosts’ fifth try. His conversion attempt, however, struck the upright.
The Stormers were now motoring and their sixth try wasn’t too long in coming, with Kolisi rolling off Eben Etzebeth.
Marais was again involved in the next score as he put the ball back inside for Notshe, which was his second crossing. Kurt Coleman converted the try. To rub salt into the Cheetahs’ wounds, they had the chance to cross for a second try when Henco Venter looked set to go over from long range. However, Cheslin Kolbe’s last-ditch tackle led to the number eight spilling the ball over the try line, leaving him red-faced.
The Stormers made them pay as they rubber-stamped their win later on with Kolisi setting up Notshe for his hat-trick in an eight-try success.