The Stormers slayed the Sunwolves in a Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Friday evening. The hosts were dominant and showed a magnificent display of rugby as they beat the Japanese 46-19. The Cape side was off to a good start early on and scored a penalty through Jean-Luc Du Plessis after three minutes of play.
Soon afterwards Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored a try that was converted by Du Plessis putting the Stormers 10 points ahead in 10 minutes. The home side continued their excellent display through Kobus Van Wyk who scored a try after receiving a pass from Du Plessis. Scarra Ntubeni made things even worse for the visitors when he received a quick pass after a line out to score a try.
Robbie Fleck’s men were running riot and a sublime try was scored by Juan De Jongh quickly afterwards after breaking past the away defence making the score 25-0 in just under 30 minutes with Du Plessis converting after missing the past two conversions. The Asian team finally scored their first try when Riaan Viljoen broke past the Stormers’ defence making the score 27-5 at half-time. The first try in the second half came from ?Mark Harison’s side, when Yuko Yatomi scored and it was successfully converted by Yu Tamura.
Fleck’s charges replied with a try of their own through Notshe once again, converted by Du Plessis. Louis Schreuder scored a try three minutes later for the Cape Town outfit as they continued dominating the match. ?Harrison’s? team did not back down and another try emerged from Riaan Viljoen who went past Kobus Van Wyk and the try was converted by Tamura making the score 41-19.
A red card was shown to the Sunwolves’ Timothy Bond for a bad shoulder tackle, which did not change the context of the game much since the far east side were way behind anyway. Du Plessis finished it off for the Stormers when he scored a wonderful solo try after kicking the ball twice before the ball popped up for him to finish successfully as he converted his own try making it 46-19.
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