The Stormers made it five Super Rugby wins in a row with a bonus-point victory over the Cheetahs on Saturday.
With the Chiefs coming to town next, coach Robbie Fleck’s charges will be high on confidence after their fine
display in the 53-10 win at Newlands.
The Stormers completely outplayed their visitors in a match that saw the Cape side dominate the first half with an expansive style of play, before finishing off the hosts with a more conservative approach in the second half.
Not only did they run riot, but coach Fleck is rightfully happy with his team’s defence after
running in eight tries to one.
Heading into the big Chiefs week, Fleck says: “This week will be the ultimate test to see how far we have come, we certainly have seen signs of improvement and we have grown as a team.”
The Stormers set out to keep the ball alive from the first whistle at Newlands, and were rewarded with a three-pointer as early as the sixth minute after the Cheetahs tried to slow them down and rob their ball at the breakdown.
The visitors tried to fight fire with fire, but after debutant Cobus Wiese won a loose ball, fullback and Man of the Match SP Marais gave the final pass to impressive winger Dillyn Leyds to sail over in the left corner for the first try of the afternoon.
Marais was again involved in the second try, giving the final pass to hattrick hero Sikhumbuzo Notshe, who was ever-present on attack.
It was all about the Stormers in that first half, as Leyds completed his brace in the same corner after centre EW Viljoen drew two defenders to put him into space.
The result was never in question after that first half, with the Stormers leading 22-3 at the break.
Marais, though, wasn’t done and after getting the ball from scrumhalf Dewaldt Duvenage two minutes after the break, showed some good skill to free his hands from the tackler to put Dan du Plessis into space for another five-pointer.
And after a rolling maul try by the Cheetahs, Robert du Preez scored a good chip and chase try, before skipper Siya Kolisi crashed over after good work from the pack.
Viljoen then showed another magical touch to pass the ball to Marais, who found Notshe on his inside.
Notshe then completed the rout with a good sidestep to score the Stormers’ eighth of the match and bag the win 53-10.
Meanwhile, scrumhalf Jano
Vermaak left the field with a concussion and is unlikely to play against the New Zealanders this week, with Duvenage expected to come back into the starting XV.
Stormers – Tries: Dillyn Leyds (2), Sikhumbuzo Notshe (3), Dan du Plessis, Robert du Preez and Siya Kolisi; Conversions: Du Preez (4) and Kurt Coleman; Penalty: Du Preez.
Cheetahs – Try: Paul Schoeman; Conversion: Fred Zeilinga; Penalty: Zeilinga.