Super Rugby Unlocked: Stormers thump Griquas in Kimberley

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The Stormers piled on the misery on Griquas on Saturday in their Round 5 Super Rugby Unlocked encounter at Griqua Park, running out 39-6 winners.

Faced with a potential banana peel in the combative outfit from the Northern Cape, the men from the Mother City came into the clash reeling after a heavy defeat to the Bulls in their last outing.

Griquas 6-39 Stormers: Super Rugby Unlocked report  

After putting up a fight as they always do, the hosts – who face the wooden spoon in the inaugural Super Rugby Unlocked season – conceded a try inside the first 10 minutes when Ernst van Rhyn dotted down after good work from Warrick Gelant and Ruhan Nel.

Those were the first points of the encounter, and were followed by a quick response by the home side, who replied through the boot of flyhalf, Tinus de Beer.

A penalty from Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok Damian Willemse made it 8-3, and it was only moments before Gelant was in the mix again, this time releasing tighthead prop Neethling Fouche for a touchdown.

The Stormers pivot slotted over the conversion to make it 15-3, and the scoreline remained untampered until the two sides went into the break.

The Griquas were first on the board in the second half, but that would be the last of their scores as the Stormers responded with four more tries. 

The first to dive over was Angelo Davids, who pounced on a loose ball to make it 20-6, while Dan du Plessis, Juarno Augustus and Willemse also crossed over the whitewash to make things all the more difficult for the hosts.

That resulted in a third Super Rugby Unlocked victory for the Stormers, who climb to second spot ahead of the Sharks in the standings.

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