DHL Stormers XV hold off Sharks

PUBLISHED: October 6, 2023

A DHL Stormers XV scored five tries on their way to a hard-fought 26-21 pre-season win against the Hollywoodbets Sharks in George on Friday night.

That followed a convincing 52-12 win against SWD Eagles by a different DHL Stormers XV combination earlier in the day at Outeniqua Park.

The DHL Stormers XV dominated the early exchanges, camping in the opposition 22 without any reward.

The pressure eventually told when fullback Warrick Gelant came up with a sensational kick-pass to find Dan du Plessis to score.

The Hollywoodbets Sharks scored against the run of play, with Werner Kok finishing a counter-attack in the corner.

The Durban side would take the lead into half-time as Phepsi Buthelezi scored from close range to make it 14-7 at the break.

Kok got his second try early in the second half, claiming a high ball in the 22 to score.

The DHL Stormers XV regrouped and hit back with two quick tries.

Angelo Davids claimed a cross-kick from Clayton Blommetjies to score in the corner and they followed that up soon afterwards with a try from Ruhan Nel who took a well-timed pass from Gelant.

Davids pounced on a loose pass and kicked it through to score his second under the poles and the final say came from Evan Roos, who forced his way over to seal the win.

The scorers:

For DHL Stormers XV:
Tries: Du Plessis, Davids 2, Nel, Roos
Cons: Blommetjies 4

For Hollywoodbets Sharks:
Tries: Kok 2, Buthelezi
Cons: Bosch 3