And, without the likes of JC Janse van Rensburg, Eben Etzebeth, Pieter-Steph du Toit and Kurt Coleman through injury, Stormers saw a brave effort at Westpac Stadium come up short as they were beaten by the reigning champions.
Hurricanes, themselves missing captain Dane Coles and wing Nehe Milner-Skudder, led 22-16 at the break – an advantage that would have been greater had they not failed to convert three of four first-half tries.
Stormers drew level early in the second half, but, despite a late yellow card for Hurricanes flanker Brad Shields, the hosts pulled away in the closing stages.
After Robert du Preez opened the scoring for Stormers, Beauden Barrett’s cross-field kick set up Cory Jane for the first try of the game, which was converted by Jordie Barrett, who then collected a TJ Perenara kick to touch down.
Beauden Barrett set up his younger sibling for his second five minutes before the interval, but two SP Marais penalties kept Stormers in touch.
— Hurricanes Rugby (@Hurricanesrugby) May 5, 2017
The boot of Marais then levelled matters after the interval, only for Ngani Laumape to re-establish Hurricanes’ lead.
Shields was sin-binned with 11 minutes left to significantly bolster Stormers’ hopes, but Hurricanes withstood the pressure on their line and made the game safe with a breakaway try from Laumape.
The Barrett brothers fittingly had the final say, Jordie converting after Beauden had added gloss to the scoreline in time added on.
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