It was a different Stormers we saw on Friday when they put together their best performance of the season beating the Rebels 41-24 in Melbourne.
It was solid defence and some brilliance from Leyds, Nel and Stander in that second half that gave them the win.
It is actually hard to single out just a few as it was a massive effort form the whole team in almost ever aspect of the game.
It was great to see some urgency and accuracy from the Stormers early on in the match.
A loose ball that was kicked on the ground by the Rebels got into Leyds hands and he showed off his speed and vision to score the first try of the match.
That gave the Stormers a 7-0 lead early on. The Rebels had enough ball early on but some good defence from the Stormers and handling errors gave ball back to the Stormers to exit their half.
For the first time this tour the Stormers showed that they did have a plan and were executing it well.
The Rebels had some good time in the Stormers half but some direct defence kept them out. They finally took some points from a penalty to get on the board.
The Stormers cancelled it out immediately with a penalty form Du Plessis. This made the score 10-3 after 26 minutes.
Both teams created more opportunities but could not add anything more to the scoreboard in the first half.
It was a solid gutsy defensive effort from the Stormers that gave them a 1-3 lead at the break.
The Rebels had the perfect start to the second half when Du Plessis threw a long hallelujah pass which Hodge saw a mile away.
This even up the scoreboard at 10-all.
It was then the Stormers all the way for the next 17 minutes scoring three tries with Leyds having a hand in two of them to take the scoreboard to 31-10.
It was first Juarno Augustus to get over the line after Leyds broke through then De Allende made his strength count when Leyds again broke through before Nel got a lucky bounce which Cooper could not handle.
The Stormers kept the pressure on the Rebels and with brilliant defence stayed in their half for most of the time. They were almost in for another try but Sergeal Petersen foot touch the line in the lead up and the try was disallowed.
The Rebels hit back with Genia that found a gab from a lineout to get the lead down to 34-17.
The Rebels played most of the last 10 minutes in the Stormers half and finally got another try when Genia got a gab from a lineout to close the lead.
The Rebels were out to salvage something but Ruan Nel got an intercept form his own twenty two to put the nail in the coffin for the Rebels.
It was one of the best performances form the Stormers this year beating the Rebels 41-24.
The only downside was that they could not get that bonus point
Rebels – Tries: Hodge, Genia, Magnay. Conversions: Cooper (3). Penalty: Cooper.
Stormers – Tries: Leyds, Augustus, De Allende, Nel (2). Conversions: du Plessis (3), Stander (2). Penalties: du Plessis, Stander.
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