The Stormers were more pretenders than Super Rugby contenders in beating the ill-disciplined Jaguares 28-20 at Newlands.
The Stormers scored two first half tries and added a third just after half-time but spent the final quarter, a man down and hanging onto a five point lead. A last minute Damian Willemse penalty denied the visitors a losing bonus point.
The Stormers lead 15-6 at halftime.
It was the Stormers third successive win against the Jaguares and also the seventh time in the last nine seasons that they have won their opening fixture.
Damien de Allende scored the tournament’s opening try and he looked dangerous on attack, although he was guilty of one powder puff attempt of a tackle that led to a Jaguares try.
The Jaguares, since their introduction into Super Rugby, have been among the most ill-disciplined and it took just 25 minutes of the 2018 season for them to lose their first player to a yellow card. Be assured it won’t be their last yellow card!
De Allende, Siya Kolisi and wing Raymond Rhule scored for the Stormers. Willemse added two conversions and two penalties.
The Jaguares scored through wing Emiliano Boffelli and a penalty try. Nicolas Sanchez kicked a conversion and a penalty and Boffelli added a long range penalty.
Our match preview had Stormers to win by 11 points
15 Dillyn Leyds, 14 Seabelo Senatla, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Raymond Rhule, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Cobus Wiese, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Ramone Samuels, 1 Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16 Dean Muir, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Carlu Sadie, 19 Jan de Klerk, 20 Kobus van Dyk, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 George Whitehead, 23 JJ Engelbrecht
15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Ramiro Moyano, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Bautista Ezcurra, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertanou, 8 Tomas Lezana, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Felipe Arregui
Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Javier Diaz, 18 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Marcos Kremer, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Juan Martin Hernandez, 23 Bautista Delguy