It was not the homecoming teh DHL Stormers wanted on Saturday when the Emirates Lions outclass them at Cape Town stadium in their URC derby.
The Lions outscored the Stormers with four tries to three and took the win 37-19 on Saturday after leading at the break as well. It just seemed like the Stormers never really pitch up for this one as they players looked out or sorts.
You can not expect to win a game if you make so many mistakes and to be frank, the Stormers did not even looked like they wanted to play this one.
It was a powerful display from the visitors, specially in that second half with solid defence that gave them the win. Although it is only their second win in the competition, the Lions are now the highest ranking SA team in the competition after the win against the Stormers.
Teh Lions tries came from Francke Horn who got a double on the day with Andre Warner and Vincent Tshituka chipping in as well.
Fred Zeilinga had his kicking boots on as well adding 17 points on the day for his team.
For the home side Ungerer, Senatla and Venter got over for tries wiyh Manie Libbok and Tim Swiel kicking one conversion each. Tshituka was the man of the match and rightly so havinga another brilliant game for the Lions. He setup the first try for Horn.
The Stormers then saw their captain Moerat sin-binned again for making contact in the air which did not help the home side struggling to hold on to the ball.
The Lions also loss two players with yellow card when Willem Alberts and Edwill van der Merwe was send off as well. With Moerat back on the field and the Lions two men down the Stormers got their first try through Ungerer. Libbok converted the try and the Stormers were back in the game trailing by only three points.
The Stormers took the lead when Senatla went over from what looked like a forward pass but that was short lived when Zeilinga put the visitors back in the lead before halftime with a penalty.
The Lions was hands down the better team in the second half and it was Warner who got over straight after the break to take their lead to 20-12 but they loss Visagie to the bin.
Even being a man down the Lions still control the game with brilliant attacking lines and it was Odendaal who send Tshituka over for a try. The Stormers had a nother man in the bin when Pretorius was send to the bin for a deliberate knock down. That gave Zeilinga the opertunity to extend the lead to 18 points for the visitors.
Venter for the Stormers and Horn for the Lions got late tries in which gave the Lions a bouns point win at the end.
One thing that came out in the game was how much the Stormers missed Kitshoff and Bongi in their scrums. They were absolutly demolished in this aspect of the match which will be a major concern for them going forward.
For the Stormers, this Christmus period will leave them with much to think about and the Lions could not have asked for a better end to the years rugby.
Stormers: Tries: Ungerer, Senatla, Venter Conversions: Libbok, Swiel
Lions: Tries: Horn 2, Warner, Tshituka Conversions: Zeilinga 4 Penalties: Zeilinga 3