The Investec Stormers were comprehensive winners by 42-12 over their South African Super 12 counterparts, the Sharks, at the Stoop tonight (7th February 2003). A capacity crowd saw the Stormers outscore their opponents six tries to two, in what was a lively contest.
After the Sharks made the early running, it was the Stormers who took the lead with a try from captain Corne Krige, after he was carried over from a catch and drive at a lineout. Fly half Chris Rossouw added the conversion.
Referee Ashley Rowden then awarded a penalty try to each side. The first went to the Stormers when Sharks centre Trevor Halstead deliberately knocked on the ball just metres from his own line, while the Stormers were then guilty of deliberately killing the ball right on their line. Both scores were converted, which meant the Stormers led 14-7 at half-time.
As tempers flared during the second half, numerous players were shown yellow cards, but it was the Stormers who took control when it came to scoring points.
Tries from Selborne Boome, Pieter Rossouw, Adri Badenhorst and Breyton Paulse, all of which were converted, put the Stormers 42-7 in front late in the game.
The Sharks scored a second try right at the death through Albert van den Berg, but it was nothing more than a consolation.
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