Storm­ers a class apart from ri­vals

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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.

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