The Stormers produced a combined performance to erase a seven-point deficit in defeating the Dragons at Rodney Parade in Newport on Friday.
What an achievement and what a result for the Stormers! They combined territorial and dominant possession with excellent defense to end their tour with a deserved win of 24-10.
Heelback Warrick Gelant was in a class of his own, as he produced an individual performance for centuries, and sent a temporary reminder to the national selections prior to the Springboks’ European tour.
Wing Leolin Zas was also influential when he crossed for both attempts of the Stormers.
In a low-scoring but intense game, the Stormers and Dragons hit hard with not much to separate the teams throughout the entire game.
The Stormers agreed with the hosts’ physicality and landed the first punch after some excellent defensive play when a 50:22 kick from Warrick Gelant put them in a favorable position on the field.
Frustrated by the Stormers’ stubborn defense, the Dragons immediately awarded a penalty when they were under pressure inside their 22 and flyhalf Manie Libbok converted a penalty to give the visitors the lead.
Fortunes changed and the momentum swung in the 20th minute when Stormers captain Salmaan Moerat turned controversial yellow for what the officials of the match considered a high-profile approach.
And with the S.tortured a man, the Dragons took advantage with fullback Josh Lewis going over to score the first attempt to give the home team the lead.
The conversion and a then penalty kick five minutes later extended their lead, but the Stormers ended the first half strong with two quick-fire penalties, earned at the division, to go into the interval with 10-9.
But in a one-sided second half, the Stormers kept the Dragons scoreless and scored 15 unanswered points in the final quarter of the game to secure their first win of the tournament.
First, a Gelant grubber was collected by Zas for the opening visit of the Stormers and then the winger turned defense into attack when a Dragons scrum in the 22 was turned and Zas kicked long and chased the ball down to score his second at death.