2014-04-20 03:01 AM
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) -- The Stormers snapped a five-match losing streak and lifted themselves off the foot of the Super Rugby table as they breezed to an 18-3 victory over the Lions on Saturday.
Both sides were missing a string of key players due to injury, but it was the Stormers who showed superior squad depth as they returned from a bye week to record just their second win.
After the Stormers swept to an 18-0 lead at halftime thanks to tries from Damian de Allende and Nizaam Carr, a scrappy second half produced just three points for the visitors.
The result put the Stormers above the Cheetahs in the table, while the Lions remained 10th as their promising start to the season threatens to amount to little.
It took flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis just three minutes to open the scoring for the Stormers as he landed a penalty, but two minutes later he departed the scene with a blood injury from which he was unable to return.
Peter Grant moved up into the flyhalf position with Jaco Taute coming in at fullback, and Grant added a penalty of his own before missing another attempt soon after hooker Deon Fourie was shown a yellow card.
The numerical disadvantage somehow worked in the Stormers' favor as they scored both of their tries with Fourie off the field.
De Allende started and finished a classy move in the 29th minute as his chip ahead was collected by centre Juan de Jongh, and after a couple of phases De Allende stepped inside off the right wing to score.
Five minutes later flanker Carr held off two tackles to charge over for his second try of the season, and Grant converted to give the Stormers a significant lead.
The Lions finally got on the board four minutes after the break when flyhalf Marnitz Boshoff slotted a penalty, but while they managed to exert pressure at various stages, they were unable to find a way past the Stormers' stubborn defense.
"The week off just gave us the opportunity to have a look from the outside in, rejuvenate and have a new approach, and that showed tonight," Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said.
"But it's not going to change within one week - we've got to continue with that process."
Stormers 18 (Damian de Allende, Nizaam Carr tries; Peter Grant conversion, penalty, Demetri Catrakilis penalty), Lions 3 (Marnitz Boshoff penalty). HT: 18-0