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Stormers brush Southern Kings aside in final trial

Nic Groom scored two tries for the Stormers

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Article Published: Friday 7 February 2014|

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The Stormers completed their Super Rugby warm ups with a six try 7-40 victory over the Southern Kings at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Friday.

The visitors led 7-26 at half-time and never allowed the home side into the match as they ran in a further two tries in the second period.

After losing to the Cheetahs and Lions in consecutive weeks, the youthful Kings side found the going tough against a slick Stormers outfit who are building up a good head of steam ahead of their opening Super Rugby match.

The men in white and blue made all the early running, but sterling work in the lineouts by Kings lock Rynier Bernardo prevented the visitors from making more of their early dominance.

There was a frenetic start to the game as both teams attempted to gain the upperhand in a bruising opening ten minutes.

When they spread the ball wide the Stormers always looked dangerous and Scott van Breda caused problems for his former teammates down the left wing.

The first points came after 18 minutes when Stormers scrumhalf Nic Groom dotted down after a driving maul in which skipper Schalk Burger was prominent for the visitors.

Catrakilis made no mistake with the conversion to put the Stormers ahead 0-7.

A short while later Rynhardt Elstadt thought he had scored his team's second try, but referee Stuart Berry called the Stormers back for an earlier offence.

In the 26th minute the hard-working Siya Kolisi was on hand to crash over after another powerful driving Stormers maul which splintered the Kings' defence.

The dominance exerted by the Stormers was beginning to tell and hooker Scarra Ntubeni crashed over to make the score 19-0 after 30 minutes.

Just before the break the Kings hit back with a try of their own by Paul Schoeman after some powerful driving play by the home side which put the Stormers pack in reverse gear. George Whitehead slotted the conversion to reduce the visitors' lead to 7-19.

The Stormers found an extra gear shortly before half-time when they stretched the Kings' defence and Groom was over for his second try of the evening to leave the visitors with a healthy 26-7 lead at the break.

Former Grey High pupil Kolisi, who enjoyed a rousing game, crossed for his team's fifth try with 25 minutes left as the Stormers advanced their lead to 7-33.

The Kings tryline was then besieged by the Stormers who crossed for a sixth try thanks to Deon Fourie to put them ahead 7-40 with 15 minutes remaining.

Final Score Southern Kings 7 Stormers 40

Scorers

Stormers
Tries: Nic Groom (2), Siya Kolisi (2), Scarra Ntubeni, Deon Fourie
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis (3), Gary van Aswegen (2).

Southern Kings
Try: Paul Schoeman
Conversion: George Whitehead.

Teams

Southern Kings

Brendon Olivier, Alb e de Swardt, Charl du Plessis, Steven Sykes (Captain), Rynier Bernardo, Paul Schoeman, Stephan Zaayman, Devin Oosthuizen, Sonwabo Majola, George Whitehead(Vice Captain), Eben Barnard, Shane Gates, Dwayne Jenner, Sergeal Petersen, Siviwe Soyizwapi.

Replacements: JC Oberholzer, Lizo Gqoboka, Pieter Stemmet, Stephan Greeff, Thembelani Bholi, Kevin Kaba, Tyler Paul, Jaco Grobler, Ronnie Cooke, Michael Killian, Brian Skosana.

Stormers

15. Jaco Taute , 14. Kobus van Wyk , 13. Michael van der Spuy , 12. Damian de Allende , 11. Scott van Breda , 10. Demetri Catrakilis , 9. Nic Groom , 8. Duane Vermeulen , 7. Schalk Burger (captain) , 6. Siya Kolisi , 5. Manuel Carizza , 4. Rynhardt Elstadt , 3. Frans Malherbe , 2. Scarra Ntubeni , 1. Steven Kitshoff

Replacements: , 16. Deon Fourie , 17. Oli Kebble , 18. Pat Cilliers , 19. Michael Rhodes , 20. Jean Kleyn , 21. Nizaam Carr , 22. Sikhumbuzo Notshe , 23. Louis Schreuder , 24. Gary van Aswegen , 25. Pat Howard , 26. Devon Williams , 27. Ryno Eksteen

 
 
 
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