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Leyds at the double for Stormers

The Stormers ran in three tries on their way to a 31-15 Super Rugby victory over the Rebels in Cape Town which saw them move to the top of the South African conference.

Two tries from Dillyn Leyds, one from Damian de Allende and 16 points from the boot of Demetri Catrakilis enabled the Stormers to record a clean sweep of victories against Australian sides this season.

Dominic Shipperley and Tom English scored tries in a losing cause for the Rebels.

Fly-half Catrakilis kicked a fifth-minute penalty to put the Stormers into an early lead, which they extended to 10-0 when he converted centre De Allende's 23rd-minute try.

The Rebels were stirred into action and a converted try from centre Shipperley five minutes later saw the hosts' advantage reduced to 10-7.

Catrakilis kicked his second penalty on the half-hour mark before an intercepted pass allowed right wing Dillyn Leyds to cross for a second Stormers try moments before half-time as the South Africans went into the break with an 18-7 lead.

Jack Debreczeni and Catrakilis traded penalties early in the second half, before Leyds scored his second try and his side's third when fine footwork enabled him to evade several Rebels tacklers and touch down under the posts. Catrakilis added the extras to stretch their lead to 28-7.

English crossed the whitewash unopposed to score a second Rebels try on 55 minutes, but the Stormers had the final say when Catrakilis kicked his fourth and final penalty of the match with 15 minutes to go to complete the scoring.

A fifth victory in six games was enough to send the Stormers top of the South African conference at the expense of the Lions, who had earlier crushed the Cheetahs 40-17 to depose the Bulls from top spot.


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