The Stormers were comfortable 52-15 winners over the Sunwolves at Newlands in Cape Town with Cheslin Kolbe scoring a hat-trick and two conversions for a match haul of 19 points, as the home side scored eight tries to two.
Damian Willemse and Dillyn Leyds both grabbed a brace as the Stormers ran riot in the second-half, scoring five tries as they ran up a half-century on the opposition.
Seabelo Senatla, the Blitzbokke legend, also collected a five-pointer for himself, while Willemse added four eight points with his boot, in a superb flyhalf display, for 18 points in the game.
The Sunwolves, after last week’s humiliation at the hands of the Lions, scored two tries through Teruya Goto and Takeshi Hino and trailed by only nine at the break.
The Japanese side and even had 60 percent possession in the first-half and, despite the final score, put in a good performance against their illustrious opponents.
The first-half was relatively tight, with both teams making too many errors and not finishing their chances.
Derek Carpenter was sent to the bin on three minutes; his second of the season and the home team took advantage.
Yu Tamura kicked a penalty in-between Kolbe and EW Viljoen’s tries inside 15 minutes, as the Stormers got into their groove. Willemse converted both tries to make it 14-3.
However, the Sunwolves hit back when Goto finished off a wonderful inter-passing play by his team.
The winger scored in the corner after Tamura and Malgene Ilaua combined to set up the try. There was some excellent build up play prior to Tamura making the play which resulted in the five-pointer.
On 27 minutes, Tamura had a chance to reduce the scores to 14-13, but he sent his penalty wide.
With a minute remaining before the break Senatla got in on the act.
It started from the halfway line, where Leyds – who else? – showed a turn of speed, beat Willie Britz and sped away before launching a deft chip kick for the Sevens flyer to latch onto and score. Magic from the playmaker.
At 19-10, the Sunwolves would have thought they had a chance, just cut out the mistakes, but it did not go that way.
Soon after the restart, Willemse danced his way through the Japanese defenders, scoring the Stormers’ fourth try.
Hino scored after the visitors went eight phases; the hooker diving over to score. Tamura could add the extras, but the gap was only 11 points.
From then on, it was the Willemse, Kolbe and Leyds show. the fullback scored twice before Kolbe added two tries in the closing minutes, to give the Stormers a half-century.
Final Score: Stormers 52 (19) Sunwolves 15 (10)
Tries – Kolbe (3), Willemse (2), Senatla, Leyds (2)
Con – Willemse (4), Kolbe (2)
Tries – Goto, Hino
Pen – Tamura
Con – Tamura
Cards – Carpenter (Yellow, 3rd minute)
Referee: Quinton Immelman
Assistant Ref 1: Shuhei Kubo
Assistant Ref 2: AJ Jacobs
TMO: Shaun Veldsman
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Juarno Augustus, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (vice-captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.
Replacements: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 JD Schickerling, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Dan Kriel, 23 Bjorn Basson.
15 Riaan Viljoen, 14 Kotaro Matsushima, 13 Ryohei Yamanaka, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Teruya Goto, 10 Yu Tamura, 9 Keisuke Uchida, 8 Willem Britz (captain), 7 Shuhei Matsuhashi, 6 Malgene Ilaua, 5 Uwe Helu, 4 Kotaro Yatabe, 3 Takuma Asahara, 2 Takeshi Hino, 1 Koki Yamamoto.
Replacements: 16 Atsushi Sakate, 17 Masataka Mikami, 18 Koo Jiwon, 19 Yoshitaka Tokunaga, 20 Shokei Kin, 21 Kaito Shigeno, 22 Rikiya Matsuda, 23 Jumpei Ogura