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Stormers see off plucky Boland in opening hit-out

Written by Rob Otto (robdylan)

Posted in :Original Content, Stormers, Super Rugby on 23 Jan 2012 at 10:08
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The Stormers recorded a 45-14 win over the Boland Cavaliers in Wellington on Saturday afternoon in their first Super Rugby warmup game of the season.

In a game in which many of their front-line stars didn’t feature, the Stormers nevertheless showed that they have enviable depth in their squad, with a number of fringe players putting up their hands for Super Rugby inclusion when the campaign proper gets under way. Ironically, it was a Boland player, scrumhalf Bolla Conradie, who stood out most for the Stormers, putting in a great performance against his provincial team mates and scoring a good try to boot.

The Stormers opted to keep things tight for the most part, with prop Frans Malherbe barrelling over for the opening score, duly converted by former Bulls and Lions flyhalf Burton Francis. Conradie’s try followed soon after, before the Stormers were awarded a penalty try, taking their lead to 21-0 after just 17 minutes. Some concerted Boland resistance was then held off, before the Stormers again scored just before the break, with wing Danie Poolman doing the honours.

Boland were not done in the half, though and were finally rewarded as centre Jonathan Francke scored a try for them after the half-time hooter had sounded. Ricardo Croy’s conversion saw the hosts trail the Stormers 7-28 at the break.

A second try to Boland, courtesy of captain Junior Bester, narrowed the gap to 14-28 after 47 minutes, but in a second half that lacked structure due to the rolling replacements used, it was the Stormers who went on to score three more times, with flanker Rohan Kitshoff, eighthman Nizaam Carr and replacement hooker Tiaan Liebenberg all getting in on the action.


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