In the 17th minute, playing from a turnover, the ball was spread wide by Gelant to left-wing Leolin Zas, who chipped and gathered before putting outside centre Ruhan Nel away with an inside pass.
The game never really got going as both teams were guilty of too many unforced errors, but in the 33rd minute Zas was on hand to score the second try of the afternoon. The Stormers again played wide, Gelant fly-hacked the ball forward before right-wing Seabelo Senatla cleverly ‘batted’ it back inside, where his wing-partner was waiting to dot down.
Manie Libbok, who converted the first try, finished the Stormers’ third five-pointer on the stroke of halftime when Gelant chipped over the defensive line and, after some slick handling, the Capetonians’ flyhalf raced away to score under the uprights.
The Stormers failed to fire early in the second half, though, with more line-out woes and some butter fingers costing them a number of scoring opportunities. But they found their groove midway through the half and scored three tries in seven minutes to put the result beyond all doubt.
Replacements Junior Pokomela and Rikus Pretorius scored from turnovers in the 61st and 68th minutes, while No 8 Evan Roos was rewarded for his hard work with a try after a superb run in the 64th minute.
Stormers 40 (19) — Tries: Ruhan Nel, Leolin Zas, Manie Libbok, Junior Pokomela, Evan Roos, Rikus Pretorius. Conversions: Libbok (4), Tim Swiel.
Cardiff 3 (3) — Penalty goal: Jarrod Evans.
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