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Stormers duo Hacjivah Dayimani and Damian Willemse celebrate: Photo graphic: Via @TheStormers.

Dazzling Dayimani helps Stormers to nervy win against Sale Sharks

Hacjivah Dayimani’s thrilling performance helped the Stormers to a 31-24 Champions Cup victory over the Sale Sharks in Cape Town.

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Stormers duo Hacjivah Dayimani and Damian Willemse celebrate: Photo graphic: Via @TheStormers.

The battle-hardened Stormers were made to fight their way to a TBC triumph against the Sale Sharks in front of a decent Cape Town crowd on Saturday night.

With the top four of each pool advancing to the knockout phase of the competition, the Stormers all but secured their safe passage through to the playoffs as the result saw them climbed above their victims in the Pool 4 standings.

As has become customary at Cape Town Stadium, the home side were quick out of the blocks when No 8 Hacjivah Dayimani crossed for a typical Stormers try after latching onto a pop pass from Adre Smith.

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From there, the Stormers had the Sale Sharks on the ropes for a sustained period of time and when the visitors eventually made their first foray in the hosts’ territory, their attack was ruined when the ever-green Deon Fourie snaffled the ball at a ruck. Sale’s discipline was also questionable throughout the first-half, with many of their playing unnecessarily starting and engaging in off the ball scuffles.

With a superior scrum, the Stormers easily won the territorial battle, but just as they attempted to turn that dominance into more points the Stormers juggernaut was halted halted by referee intervention for a dangerous clean-out at the ruck.

But even that reprieve wasn’t enough to save the Sale defence because Suleiman Hartzenberg read their exit play perfectly and charged down Robert du Preez’s kick, regathered the ball down scored, swan-dive finish and all.

Sensing that the game was slowing, but steadily slipping away from them, Sale pulled a try back, but that joy at cutting the lead was short-lived as wing Leolin Zas glided through a gap for his team’s third try.

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A defensive lapse resulted in the Stormers conceding a second five-pointer on the stroke of half-time as the lead was sliced to 21-14.

Continue on the slight momentum shift, Du Preez punished the Stormers’ ill-discipline by knocking over a long-range penalty. But again, just as they got close to the Stormers on the scoreboard, Zas was again the man to dash their hopes of a complete comeback when bagged a second try of the night after a devastating one-two interplay with Dayimani.

Trailing by 11, the Sale Sharks were reduced to on-field spectators with the best view of the Stormers’ razzle dazzle display. Dayimani and Zas continued to wreak havoc down the left flank, poking holes in the Sale Sharks defence at will. It was one such play by the destructive duo that almost saw Warrick Gelant score a superb try, but the replacement fullback lost control of the ball as he tried to touchdown.

The Sale Sharks however found their second wind just as the Stormers went to sleep. A comedy of errors right on the try-line, led to inside centre Sam Bedlow crossing for an opportunistic try to set up a grandstand finish with nine minutes remaining and a seven-point difference.


Stormers duo Suleiman Hartzenberg and Leolin Zas. Photo: @TheStormers.