The Stormers stuttered then fired to beat the Kings 38-13 in Port Elizabeth.
The Stormers struggled to find their groove in the first half (they led 12-10 at the break) although it would be remiss not to credit the Kings for a determined defensive effort.
The Stormers struggled to get any flow into their attack thanks to a dogged effort from their hosts at the breakdown. However, the Cape side’s superiority came to the fore in the second, with Nick Koster and Jean de Villiers touching down within the third quarter.
The Stormers then wore them down through numerous phases before Joe Pietersen crossed the chalk and Pietersen turned provider for De Villiers shortly thereafter.
The Bryan Habana experiment at No 13 looked promising, the Springbok breaking through a gap and setting Pietersen away for a try in the second half. Siya Kolisi and Burton Francis rounded off the scoring with late five pointers.