Stormers hammer poor Cheetahs

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 12:07
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SUPER RUGBY REPORT: A hat-trick of tries from Sikhumbuzo Notshe helped the Stormers hammer the Cheetahs 53-10 at Newlands on Saturday.

New Zealand sides Crusaders and Chiefs are the only others among the 18 in the competition to have won all their matches this year.

Skipper and flank Siyamthanda Kolisi also scored a try in the South African derby as the hosts dominated spiritless opponents and led 22-3 at half-time.

It was the widest winning margin in five matches for the Stormers after beating the Bulls and Southern Kings, the Jaguares of Argentina and the Sunwolves of Japan.

Success stretched the Stormers lead over the Cheetahs in the Africa One standings to 13 points with the Bulls third and the Sunwolves last.

Although they have completed just a third of their regular season fixtures, the Cape side are hot favourites to win the group and secure a home quarterfinal.

It was the heaviest of four losses in six matches for the Bloemfontein-based Cheetahs this season, surpassing a 27-point defeat by the Jaguares in Buenos Aires. 

"A great performance and a big improvement on our performance against the Sunwolves last weekend," said Kolisi of the eight-try-to-one romp.  

"My favourite moment of the match came near the end when Cheslin Kolbe tackled a much bigger opponent [Henco Venter] to prevent what seemed a certain try.

"The match had long been won, but Cheslin demonstrated the tremendous spirit that runs through our team." 

Cheetahs skipper and centre Francois Venter said: "We need a new mindset and we need to keep the ball.

"It was one of those days. We have a good game plan, but are not executing it."

Wing Dillyn Leyds [two], centre Daniel du Plessis and flyhalf Robert du Preez were the Stormers other try scorers.

Du Preez kicked four conversions and a penalty and his replacement, Kurt Coleman, one conversion.

Loose forward Paul Schoeman scored the lone Cheetahs try and flyhalf Fred Zeilinga slotted the conversion and a penalty.

The Stormers host two-time former champions the Chiefs next weekend while the Cheetahs have a bye.  

Man of the match: Sikhumbuzo Notshe scored three tries and was immense in open play, while Robert du Preez made good decisions on attack. However, the award goes to Sarel Marais who had a big hand in a few tries.

The scorers:

For Stormers:
Tries: Leyds 2, Notshe 3, Du Plessis, Du Preez, Kolisi
Cons: Du Preez 4, Coleman
Pen: Du Preez

For Cheetahs:
Try: Schoeman
Con: Zeilinga
Pen: Zeilinga

Teams:

Stormers: 15 Sarel Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 7 Siya Kolisi (captain), 6 Cobus Wiese, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth , 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Caylib Oosthuizen, 18 Oliver Kebble, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dewaldt Duvenage, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Dan Kriel.

Cheetahs: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Nico Lee, 13 Francois Venter (captain), 12 Niel Marais, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Fred Zeilinga, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Henco Venter, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Armandt Koster, 3 Tom Botha, 2 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 1 Charles Marais.
Replacements: 16 Elandré Huggett, 17 Retshegofaditswe Nche 18 Johan Coetzee, 19 Carl Wegner, 20 Niell Jordaan, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Clinton Swart, 23 Luther Obi

Referee: Rasta Rasivhenge (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Quinton Immelman (South Africa), Cwengile Jadezweni (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)

AFP

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 28 April 2017
Highlanders v Stormers 07h35 Dunedin
Cardiff Blues v Zebre 18h05 Cardiff
Edinburgh v Dragons 18h35 Myreside
Leinster v Glasgow Warriors 18h35 RDS Arena
Newcastle Falcons v Worcester Warriors 19h00 Kingston Park
Sat, 29 April 2017
Chiefs v Sunwolves 07h35 Hamilton
Reds v Waratahs 09h45 Suncorp Stadium
Force v Lions 11h55 Perth
Ospreys v Ulster 14h00 Liberty Stadium
Bath v Gloucester 14h00 Recreation Ground
Exeter Chiefs v Northampton Saints 14h00 Sandy Park
Saracens v Bristol 14h00 Allianz Park
Harlequins v Wasps 14h00 Twickenham Stoop
Leicester Tigers v Sale Sharks 14h00 Welford Road
Cheetahs v Crusaders 15h15 Bloemfontein
Treviso v Munster 17h05 Stadio Monigo
Kings v Rebels 17h30 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Connacht v Scarlets 18h35 Sportsground
Jaguares v Sharks 19h40 Buenos Aires
Sun, 30 April 2017
Brumbies v Blues 06h05 Canberra
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 April 2017
Clermont Auvergne v Leinster 27 | 22
Sat, 22 April 2017
Sharks v Rebels 9 | 9
Bulls v Cheetahs 20 | 14
Munster v Saracens 10 | 26
Force v Chiefs 7 | 16
Crusaders v Stormers 57 | 24
Highlanders v Sunwolves 40 | 15
Fri, 21 April 2017
Lions v Jaguares 24 | 21
Waratahs v Kings 24 | 26
Hurricanes v Brumbies 56 | 21
Mon, 17 April 2017
UP-Tuks v Maties 28 | 21
Sun, 16 April 2017
Bristol v Wasps 21 | 36
Northampton Saints v Saracens 25 | 27
Sat, 15 April 2017
Connacht v Leinster 24 | 37
Treviso v Edinburgh 21 | 6
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 17
Reds 8 2 0 6 10
Force 7 2 0 5 9
Waratahs 8 2 0 6 9
Rebels 7 1 1 5 7
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 8 0 0 36
Hurricanes 8 7 0 1 33
Chiefs 8 7 0 1 33
Highlanders 8 5 0 3 23
Blues 8 3 0 5 17
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 8 6 0 2 26
Bulls 8 3 0 5 14
Cheetahs 8 2 0 6 10
Sunwolves 8 1 0 7 5
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 8 7 0 1 32
Sharks 8 5 1 2 24
Jaguares 8 4 0 4 20
Kings 8 2 0 6 10