Saturday, 27 March 2021 22:00

Staff Reporter.

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The DHL Stormers ticked several more boxes as they got full value from a comprehensive 44-12 win over the Emirates Lions in their final Kick Off 2021 preparation game at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Stormers scored five tries, with the Lions getting their two tries in the last 10 minutes through replacement flank MJ Pelser and a penalty try.

It was the Lions’ first loss in the Preparation Series, while it was the second win for the Stormers in their final game before the start of the Rainbow Cup.

To make matters worse for the Lions the Stormers introduced their all-out Springbok front-row of Steven Kitshoff, Bongi Mbonambi and Frans Malherbe after halftime.

While it was not quite the one-sided show the scoreline suggests, Lions flank Vincent Tshituka and lock Ruben Schoeman performed well for the visitors and didn’t quite get the backup from the rest of their team.

Dangerous backs like centre Wandisile Simelane and replacement scrumhalf Morne van den Berg never got the opportunity to create space, such was the Stormers’ dominance and suffocating defence.

Taking advantage of a disjointed Lions team the Stormers cruised to a 21-0 lead after as many minutes scoring three scintillating tries to create massive scoreboard pressure.

With the Lions losing captain Elton Jantjies after 33 minutes to injury and having struggled at scrum time, the visitors battled to gain any sort of ascendency.

The Stormers showed they might have unearthed a new flyhalf gem in Abner van Reenen who produced the perfect grubber after fullback Damian Willemse acted as first receiver, with wing Seabelo Senatla feeding the fast approaching Jantjies.

Scores:

DHL Stormers 44 - Tries:Seabelo Senatla, Herschel Jantjies 2, Bongi Mbonambi and Ruhan Nel; Conversions:Abner van Reenen 5; Penalties:Abner van Reenen 2; Drop-goal:Abner van Reenen.

Emirates Lions 12 - Try:MJ Pelser; Penalty try.

Meanwhile New Nation Pumas flyhalf Eddie Fouche missed a penalty kick after the final hooter to hand the Tafel Lager Griquas a hard-fought 23-22 win in Kimberley on Saturday.

Scores:

DHL Stormers 44 - Tries:Seabelo Senatla, Herschel Jantjies 2, Bongi Mbonambi and Ruhan Nel; Conversions:Abner van Reenen 5; Penalties:Abner van Reenen 2; Drop-goal:Abner van Reenen.

Emirates Lions 12 - Try:MJ Pelser; Penalty try.