The DHL Stormers cruised to a 40-7 win over the Kings in Port Elizabeth on Friday evening, as the Men from the Cape continued their build-up to the 2014 Vodacom Super Rugby season.
Scrumhalf Nic Groom scored a try double, whilst flanker Siya Kolisi scored a hat-trick of tries as the DHL Stormers converted their 26-7 half-time lead into a comfortable six tries to one victory.
Flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis kicked three conversions and replacement No.10 Gary van Aswegen added two in the second half as coach Allister Coetzee gave his entire bench a run in Port Elizabeth.
Fullback Jaco Taute, back from a serious knee injury, had a good run out as did Argentine lock Manuel Carizza in his first appearance for the DHL Stormers.
The DHL Stormers will take on Boland in Wellington next Saturday (kick-off 16h30), with the WP Vodacom Cup team playing the curtain-raiser at 14h00.
* The Stormers beat the Bulls 26-19 in Polokwane last weekend and will open their 2014 Super Rugby campaign against the Lions in Johannesburg on Saturday, February 22.
For the Kings:
For the DHL Stormers:
Tries: Groom 2, Kolisi 3, Fourie
Cons: Catrakilis 3, Van Aswegen 2
Kings: 15 Siviwe Soyizwapi, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Dwayne Jenner, 12 Shane Gates, 11 Eben Barnard, 10 George Whitehead, 9 Sonwabo Majola, 8 Devon Oosthuizen, 7 Stephan Zaayman, 6 Paul Schoeman, 5 Rynier Bernardo, 4 Steven Sykes (captain), 3 Charl du Plessis, 2 Albé de Swardt, 1 Brendon Olivier.
Replacements: 16 JC Oberholzer, 17 Lizo Gqoboka, 18 Pieter Stemmet, 19 Stephan Greeff, 20 Thembelani Bholi, 21 Kevin Kaba, 22 Tyler Paul, 23 Jaco Grobler, 24 Ronnie Cooke, 25 Michael Killian, 26 Brian Skosana.
DHL Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Michael van der Spuy, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Scott van Breda, 10 Demetri Catrakilis, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Schalk Burger (captain), 6 Siya Kolisi, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Deon Fourie, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Pat Cilliers, 19 Michael Rhodes, 20 Jean Kleyn, 21 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 22 Louis Schreuder, 23 Gary van Aswegen, 24 Pat Howard, 25 Devon Williams, 26 Ryno Eksteen.
Referee: Stuart Berry