SUPPER: Shark's Garth April

It seems like this is the missing ingredient in their arsenal at the moment.

Of the 12 games played in their Super Rugby campaign to date, the Stormers have played six at Newlands.

Only one of those games ended in defeat – a 29-16 loss to the Lions last month, meaning they have a win percentage of over 80 at home.

The good they’ve done in front of Mother City fans, though, has been undone when they are on the road.

Of the six games played away from home, the Stormers have lost four – with the only wins coming against the Sunwolves and the Kings before Deon Davids’ men started looking like a team that wants to compete in the competition.

Their latest 22-10 defeat to the Sharks at Kings Park was uninspiring to say the least and coach Robbie Fleck summed it up best, saying: “We are disappointed in our performance. We had chances, but we kept on making mistakes…

“We were pretty stupid.

“We took wrong options when we were threatening their line. I felt we had them in sixes and sevens, [but] poor decision-making, option-taking and execution let us down.”

His captain Siya Kolisi was also not a happy man after the match, adding: “We made all the bad decisions, we lost the ball when we were

supposed to score.

“That’s been the problem this season – all the games that we’ve lost, we’ve lost the ball when we’re supposed to score.

“We can’t do the same thing and keep on saying we are learning. We want to make this thing right.

“We’ve got to make sure we take the opportunities when they are there… we should have taken the opportunities, would have been a good way to go into the break.”

The match itself wasn’t the best advert for South African rugby.

It was a bit of a snorefest, mixed with some superb physicality in wet weather conditions.

While the Stormers did most of the playing with ball in hand, it was the hosts that dominated the scoreboard and got the ball rolling with a penalty kick by Cape discard Garth April.

The Sharks kept their composure with ball in hand and after taking it through 14 phases, centre Johan Deysel easily beat Springbok Damian de Allende on his way to the tryline to make it 8-0.

That was one of the major differences between the two teams, with the Cape side making 30 handling errors, while the Sharks only made 18.

The embarrassment for the Stormers’ Boks wasn’t complete though as lock Pieter-Steph du Toit then had his lineout ball ripped away by the Sharks, who then took the ball wide and ultimately scored via Stephan Lewies.

That score made it 15-0 at the break.

While handling errors were one concern for the Stormers, their lineout also didn’t function well on the day.

They did, however, bounce back a bit in the second half and got off the mark four minutes after the restart via a SP Marais penalty kick.

They showed more patience with ball in hand as well, scoring their only try of the match through Marais after 16 phases (15-10).

With 20 minutes left to go, Sbu Nkosi broke the Stormers line with ease to run 40 metres and dot down under the crossbar.

That was the last score of the match – 22-10, as the teams now head into the international break before returning at the end of next month.