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DHL Stormers Set Bar on Opening Weekend

The DHL Stormers opened their 2017 Vodacom Super Rugby campaign with a comfortable 37-24 win over the Vodacom Bulls in a lively match on Saturday evening in Cape Town.

New captain Siya Kolisi got his name on the scoreboard as the lively DHL Stormers crossed over for five tries against the four of their Northern nemesis. After a dominant first half display, scoring 24 unanswered points the men from Pretoria got into their stride early in the second half but it was too little too late as the Capetonians made sure they kept the scoreboard ticking at every possible chance.

The Cape side, however, paid the ultimate price during their victory in losing Springbok centre Damian de Allende for at least the following 12 weeks. The Bulls only casualty at this stage seems to be debutant Lood de Jager who had to leave the field early because of a knock to the head.

In the other local derby of the weekend, powerful young centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg scored a brace of tries to help nudge the Emirates Lions past a determined Toyota Cheetahs outfit in Bloemfontein. It was only towards the end of the match that the burly midfielder streaked down the touchline to score his second and finally break the resistance of the home side after being 6-all at the interval.

Despite a promising start in the first half, the Southern Kings were unable to contain the visiting Jaguares, who gained a 39-26 win in Port Elizabeth. The Argentine side scored three tries to two and pulled away in the second half for a solid win on the road.

On Friday morning South African time, a late try from replacement scrumhalf James Tuttle allowed the Reds to sidestep the Cell C Sharks 28-26 in a match which the Sharks could have won right at the death when skipper Pat Lambie missed a difficult penalty.

Catch our weekly preview on Wednesdays, where we will nominate a game of the week and focus on it along with our full round of predictions with Brenden Nel adding his value with his weekly Super Rugby video previews only here on South Africa’s favourite sports website.

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