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Stormers back to winning ways

The Stormers ended a five-match losing streak in Super Rugby with an 18-3 victory over the Lions in Cape Town.

Damian de Allende and Nizaam Carr both crossed for tries as the home side built an 18-point half-time lead and restricted their opponents to three points in the second period.

The result lifted the Stormers off the foot of the table over the Cheetahs, while it handed the Lions a third straight loss for the first time this season.

The Lions had suffered a blow with the late withdrawal of captain Warren Whiteley due to injury and Stormers immediately set about taking advantage.

Fly-half Demetri Catrakilis put his team ahead with a penalty before being forced off with a suspected broken nose.

Peter Grant switched to fly-half and extended the Stormers' lead with a second penalty before the hosts' momentum looked to be checked when hooker Deon Fourie was sin-binned for a shoulder charge.

But despite their numerical disadvantage, De Allende crossed to put Stormers further in front and he was followed by Carr at the end of a well-worked move five minutes later.

The expected Lions fightback did not materialise in the second half with fly-half Marnitz Boshoff scoring their only points with a 44th minute penalty.

The result marked a major turnaround in fortunes for the two franchises, with the Lions having eased to a 34-10 win over the Stormers in February - a match in which Boshoff had led the way with a 29-point haul.

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