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Sacha Mngomezulu shines as Stormers beat Zebre Parma

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Manie Libbok of DHL Stormers, second right, celebrates with team-mates after scoring his side's third try during the United Rugby Championship match between Connacht and DHL Stormers at The Sportsground in Galway. (Photo By Diarmuid Greene/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

Sacha Mngomezulu starred for the Stormers as they chalked up their third bonus-point win in three matches with a 37-20 victory over Zebre Parma at Stadio Sergio Lanfranchi.

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Zebre have proven stubborn opponents this term, having pushed Leinster and the Sharks close at home and kept Munster pointless in the second half in Cork last weekend.

The Stormers looked like cruising to victory as they opened up a 17-0 lead with tries from Junior Pokomela and Neethling Fouche but Zebre fought back to within three points after Chris Cook and Ion Neculai touched down either side of the break.

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Herschel Jantjies re-established a cushion when he went over 10 minutes into the second half after being teed up by Mngomezulu.

The 20-year-old centre, who also kicked 17 points, then rounded off his performance by crossing for a deserved try to wrap up the bonus point late on.

Tiff Eden kicked 10 points for Zebre, who remain winless.

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