In the presence of a 7142-strong crowd, the Stormers stay perfect with their fourth Super Rugby win, beating the Sunwolves 44-31 at the National Stadium on Saturday evening.
Stormers celebrate during their match against Sunwolves. Photo: Sport Singapore
The Sunwolves, as usual, started off in fine form, and looked on track to get their first win. The Stormers, on the other hand, took a while to get accustomed to the humidity of Singapore, but they kept it close, trailing by four at the half.
After the break, Kenki Fukuoka’s break down the left paved the way for Derek Carpenter’s brace, putting the Sunwolves up 31-20.
While the situation appeared momentarily rosy, those were the last points the Sunwolves would stamp on the scoreboard.
Dewaldt Duvenage’s converted try in the 62nd minute pushed the Stormers forward, giving them the lead, which they held for the remainder of the game.
Robbie Fleck cautioned that his young charges still had room for improvement, but was "pleased with the performance thus far".
"For our young team, every week is a new test," said the Stormers head coach.
"There’s still lots of room to improve but certainly the boys are stepping up to the plate."
Despite the loss, Sunwolves head coach Filo Tatia was hopeful of his outfit’s growth.
Sunwolves' Keisuke Uchida (with ball) is tackled by Stormers. Photo: Sport Singapore
"We have been on the tour the last five weeks and the experience and development this team has gone through has been first class,” said Tatia.
“It’s first class in terms of the team being brand new, from the preparation in the pre-season till now, and they have certainly improved.”
Both teams will have room to breathe before their next fixture. The Stormers will face the Cheetahs on April 1, while the Sunwolves take on the Bulls on April 8.