The DHL Stormers ran in six tries as they secured a comfortable 40-15 victory over the South Western Districts Eagles in their pre-season friendly at Outeniqua Park in George on Saturday.
The DHL Stormers scored two tries in the first half and four in the second, in front of an enthusiastic crowd in George, in a convincing display in the sweltering heat.
In a tense first half, the DHL Stormers scored the only two tries, with flyhalf Kurt Coleman and wing Leolin Zas crossing to put them 14-0 up at the break.
Head coach Robbie Fleck made wholesale changes at half-time as he sought to give as many players as possible a chance to get some game-time against a determined Eagles side.
The second half saw the game open up as the SWD defence battled to cope with the constant onslaught from the visitors.
Zas ran in two more tries to complete his hat-trick whilst Nizaam Carr and Khanyo Ncgukana also crossed the whitewash to seal a comfortable victory in the end.
The Eagles managed to score two tries of their own in the second half through Christo du Plessis and Gershwin Muller, but it was not enough as the DHL Stormers cruised to victory.
For DHL Stormers:
Tries: Zas 3, Coleman , Carr , Ngcukana
Cons: Coleman 2, Du Preez 3
For SWD Eagles:
Tries: Muller , du Plessis
DHL Stormers squad: Nizaam Carr, Kurt Coleman, Jan de Klerk, Jean-Luc du Plessis, Robert du Preez, Rynhardt Elstadt, Huw Jones, Oliver Kebble, Jean Kleyn, Golden Masimla, Bongi Mbonambi, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Khanyo Ncgukana, Justin Phillips, JD Schickerling, Louis Schreuder, Sti Sithole, JP Smith, Jaco Taute, Brandon Thompson, Kobus van Wyk, JC Janse van Rensburg, Jurie van Vuuren, Alistair Vermaak, Jano Vermaak, Jacques Vermeulen, Michael Willemse, Leolin Zas
SWD Eagles: 15 Leegan Moos, 14 Clint Wagman, 13 Daniel Roberts, 12 Martin du Toit, 11 Charles Radebe, 10 Hansie Graaf, 9 Mzo Dyantyi (captain), 8 Christo du Plessis, 7 Davon Raubenheimer, 6 Wayne Khan, 5 Grant le Roux, 4 Peet vd Walt, 3 Dean Hopp, 2 Kurt Haupt, 1 Lyle Delo.
Replacements from – Mark Pretorius, Johan Steyn, Brianton Booysen, Dillon Snell, Devron Jansen, Creswin Josephs, Juandre Digue, Fizel Fredericks, Marco Kruger, Hentzwill Pedro, Buran Parks, Jaquin Jansen, Gershwin Muller, Wilnet Engelbrecht, Francois Kepm.