The Highlanders outscored the Stormers to take a bonus point win on Friday when they beat them 33-15
It started well for the Highlanders as they moved the ball around and putting Stormers under pressure. Handling let the Highlanders down a bit in the early exchanges and almost gave the Stormers their first try.
It was the Highlanders that took their time to get over the Stormers defence to score the first try and take the lead 5-0.
It took not long for the Stormers to show that they can also keep ball in hands for long period of times to score their first try through van Zyl.
The Highlanders put themselves on pressure through some ordinary handling which Willemse quickly paunch on to run 80 meters to score a great try.
This gave the Stormers a 12-5 lead, but it was short lived as the Stormers defence let through the Highlanders to drew level again with a try from Smith.
The Highlanders hit back immediately with Naholo running down the sideline and Rhule that could not get the big man down as Smith went over.
The Stormers went ahead again with a penalty from SP to take the score to 15-12 but again the Highlanders hit back with a try to take a 19-15 lead.
The Highlanders kept on hammering the Stormers but the defence were up to it in the later part of the first half.
The Highlanders had one more chance to score but Ben Smith was judge crawling and the try was not awarded.
This send the teams into the break with the Highlanders lead 19-15.
Lineouts have yet again been the worst part of the Stormers game and defence has been good at times but also poor which gave the Highlanders chances to score.
The second half was it again the Highlanders that kept the pressure up and with a great break out they camped at the Stormers line to send Whitehead over for their forth try of the match and a 26-15 lead.
The middle part of the second half gave the Highlanders three opportunities to score but handling errors and forward passes left them without any extra points.
The Stormers were defending well to keep them out but could not get ball going in the backs.
It was the Highlanders that had the final say in the match when Smith went over for his second try also giving his team a bonus point with the win.
This left the Stormers without a win on their tour of three matches and a lot to work on if they want to reach the playoffs.
MATCH STATS – TEAM STATS
Tries – Aaron Smith(78′) Luke Whitelock(48′) Ben Smith(41′) Waisake Naholo(33′) Aaron Smith(20′) Liam Squire(4′)
Penalties – None
Cons – Lima Sopoaga(80′) Lima Sopoaga(49′) Lima Sopoaga(34′) Lima Sopoaga(21′)