The Lions was never really in this match with the Stormers dominating the game for most parts of the 80 minutes. Taking every opportunity the Stormers scored 5 tries to the two of the Lions on their way to a 44-12 win at Cape Town Stadium.
They really outclass the Lions side with not just skills but also the game management of Abner van Reenen and some really good defence.
The home side could not have asked for a better start when they retrieved the ball from the kick-off and through two phases it was Abner van Reenen with a little kick forward which saw brilliant hands from Senatla to send Herschel Jantjies over.
That gave the Stormers a 7-0 lead after just 40 seconds in the game.
The Lions had a good period on the Stormers line hammering away with their forwards but the Stormers was able to held them out twice with the referee going to the TMO.
With the Stormers getting out of their half it was a turnover from Jantjies that send the ball wide to Nel who broke the line and send Du Plessis away who offloaded Senatla who stroll over.
The Stormers did not take long to get their third try this time Senatla with the break beating the defence and sending Jantjies over for his second try of the match.
This gave the Stormers a 21-0 lead after 20 minutes.
Abner van Reenen added three points with a penalty after the Stormers yet again worked their way into the Lions twenty two.
The Lions had a better second 20 minutes in that first half but was still not able to get points on the board with the Stormers defence keep ing them out.
The teams went into the break with the Stormers leading 23-0.
The start of the second half saw the same as the end of the first with both teams getting in the right areas but couldn’t convert it into points.
It was the Stormers that got the first points of the second half when Bongi was at the end of the perfect maul to extend the lead to 31-0.
The Stormers extended their lead with another penalty from Abner van Reenen. As if he did not enough he also slotted a drop goal over minutes later.
The Lions got their first try in the match with Pelser getting over in the corner to put the visitors on the scoreboard.
The Stormers replied immediately with a try by Nel after the Lions tried to run the ball out of their own twenty two just to mess it up.
The Stormers Van Reenen then got shown a yellow card when he deliberate knock the ball over the dead-ball line which also resulted in the Lions second try when the referee awarded a penalty try.
Jantjies did immediately answered back with what looked like his hat-trick try but after the TMO looked at it, it showed that he had a foot on the line.
That was about the final act of the match with the Stormers taking the win 44-12.
Players that really impressed was Stormers 10 Abner van Reenen and number 8 Evan Roos.
Stormers: Tries – Herschel Jantjies(2), Seabelo Senatla, Bongi Mbonambi, Ruhan Nel Conversions – Abner van Reenen(5) Penalties – Abner van Reenen(2) Drop Goal – Abner van Reenen
Lions: Tries – MJ Pelser, Penalty TRY