The Stormers scored five tries to beat SWD 34-3 in a warm-up match in George on Saturday.
The Eagles were in this contest for as many as 34 minutes. It was only in the latter stages of the first half, and in the second stanza, where the Stormers started to gel as a unit.
The visitors scored two tries through Cheslin Kolbe and EW Viljoen right before half-time. They added to their 15-3 lead after the break when Huw Jones and Manuel Carizza scored.
A string of substitutes midway through the second half impacted on the visitors’ synergy. However, the Stormers scrum consistently troubled that of the Eagles, and a penalty try was awarded to the visitors at the death.
The Stormers will play their second warm-up match against the Cheetahs at Newlands next Friday.
SWD Eagles – Penalty: Elric van Vuuren.
Stormers – Tries: Cheslin Kolbe, EW Viljoen, Huw Jones, Manuel Carizza, Penalty try. Conversions: Kurt Coleman (2), Robert du Preez. Penalty: Coleman.
SWD Eagles – 15 Elric van Vuuren, 14 Clint Wagman, 13 Kirsten Heyns, 12 Luzuko Lulundli, 11 Alshaun Bock, 10 Leighton Eksteen, 9 Dillion Snell, 8 Zandré Jordaan, 7 Christo du Plessis (c), 6 Junior Bester, 5 Mzwanele Zito, 4 Schalk Oelofse, 3 Pieter Stemmet, 2 Marius Fourie, 1 Layle Delo.
Subs: 16 Wayne Khan, 17 Dextor Fahey, 18 Ashley Buys, 19 Grant le Loux, 20 Lyndon Hartnick, 21 Buran Parks, 22 Dwayne Kelly, 23 Daniel Robberts, 24 Brian Skosana, 25 Ashwin Scott.
Stormers – 15 Cheslin Kolbe, 14 EW Viljoen, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Verneulen (c), 7 Michael Rhodes, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Manuel Carizza, 4 Gerbrandt Grobler, 3 Vincent Koch, 2 Scarra Ntubeni, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Subs: Bongi Mbonambi, Oliver Kebble, Wilco Louw, Jurie van Vuuren, Neil Rautenbach, Michael Willemse, Sikhumbuzo Notshe, Louis Schreuder, Demetri Catrakilis, Huw Jones, Jaco Taute, Godlen Masimla, Robert du Preez.