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Winger Tonderai Chavhanga scored two tries – one after just 48 seconds -to lead South Africa’s Stormers to a 32-16 win over the Western Force in Super 14 rugby on Friday.


Chavhanga streaked onto a chip kick from fullback Conrad Jantjes to cross the line, giving Force skipper Nathan Sharpe a poor start to his 100th match in the competition.


Drew Mitchell came back with a try for the Force, but Chavhanga scored his second try to give the visitors a 20-11 lead at halftime at Subiaco Oval.


Even with Springbok flanker Schalk Burger sin-binned for a dangerous tackle, the Force were unable to handle the Stormers’ physical play and failed to score after halftime until Ryan Cross’ last-minute try.


Stormers captain Jean De Villiers’ intercept try with 15 minutes to go clinched the match, and prop J.D. Moller’s first try in Super rugby gave the Cape Town team a bonus point.


Peter Grant kicked three conversions and two penalties for the winners, who improved to 3-4 and moved into sixth place.


Before Friday, the Force played five of their first six matches on the road and emerged with a 4-2 record – two wins out of three matches in South Africa, a home loss to first-placed Canterbury and two wins in New Zealand.


The fifth-placed Force will play four of their next six matches at home, including their next two.


“It was a very disjointed performance by us,” said Force coach John Mitchell. “Forget about the next two at home, let’s just worry about next week.” Mitchell said the Force were thoroughly outplayed.


“It was not acceptable and we ignored the hard places tonight,” he said.


“They fully deserved their victory and did everything to us that we wanted to do with them – and they were good at it.


We did not give them enough respect. We weren’t brave or brutal enough.” Stormers coach Rassie Erasmus said his team had carried out its game plan perfectly.


“We thought if we could put them under pressure, we should have enough firepower to get some tries,” Erasmus said.


Scores:


Stormers 32 (Tonderai Chavhanga 2, Jean De Villiers, J.D. Moller tries, Peter Grant 3 conversions, 2 penalties),
Western Force 16 (Drew Mitchell, Ryan Cross tries, Matt Giteau 2 penalties).


HT: 20-11.


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