United Rugby Championship: Stormers thump Sharks in six-try victory in Durban

The Stormers consolidated their place in second position of the United Rugby Championship table after they crushed the Sharks 46-19 in Durban.

Crossings from Herschel Jantjies, Ruben van Heerden, Joseph Dweba, Seabelo Senatla, Suleiman Hartzenberg and Manie Libbok saw them to a bonus-point win.

Fly-half Libbok added a further 14 points off the kicking tee, with full-back Clayton Blommetjies contributing two, as John Dobson’s deadly outfit dominated the coastal derby against a Sharks team that was missing several high quality Springboks for this clash.

Gerbrandt Grobler and Daniel Jooste did go over for the hosts, with Curwin Bosch converting, but the Sharks were well beaten by their South African URC rivals.

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Victory puts the Stormers on 50 points in the standings as they are now just 11 points adrift of league leaders Leinster, with Ulster sitting in third on 43 points. Meanwhile, the Sharks remain in eighth spot after suffering their fifth defeat in 12 URC matches.

The Stormers made a lightning start with the opening try in the second minute when fly-half Libbok broke the line and drew his man before flipping to Jantjies to run in for an easy score under the posts and Blommetjies added the extras.

Van Heerden then took an inside pass before bulldozing through the defensive line to power over and put the Stormers 14-0 up after 18 minutes.

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The Stormers’ dominance continued when Dweba went over from the back of a maul before the Sharks finally got on the board two minutes before the break when Grobler broke through two tackles to go in under the posts.

It only took a minute after the restart for the Stormers to claim the bonus-point try. A long cut-out pass from a maul found Senatla in acres of space on the left wing to coast in for a try.

Senatla was then the provider

Senatla was the architect as Stormers went in for a fifth try, latching onto his own kick ahead before laying off to Hartzenberg to coast in.

Poor handling in the backs from the Sharks allowed Libbok to pounce on the loose ball and sprint clear for the easiest of tries under the sticks.

The Sharks salvaged some pride as Jooste and Grobler claimed late tries.

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