How do they say again every year in the Cape: This year is our year.
But perhaps this is the year of the Stormers, especially if they can build on Saturday’s clinical performance at Newlands when they beat the Hurricanes 27-0.
The Stormers were ahead 19-0 at halftime and finished the nifty game with an interception three by quicksilver flyhalf Damian Willemse, who ran all over the field shortly before the end to finish.
The blow was already beaten in the first half when it was clear that the Hurricanes would fold.
Just as the Springboks played for England in this year’s World Cup in Japan, the Stormers used the same pot, which caught the Hurricanes off guard. They had no antidote for it and gave up a bunch of penalties in the scrums.
Because they received the ball on the back foot, the Hurricanes sometimes looked like schoolboys against old, experienced uncles.
They were overwhelmed, forced into mistakes and rarely seemed to be able to push a try.
It was then that they just bent the rules, got players high and around the neck, dipped in rucks.
How hooker Ricky Riccitelli was able to stay on the field after leaving Siya Kolisi is an open question.
No one would have also blamed referee Jaco Peyper if he punished the Hurricanes’ substitute lock, Vaea Fifita, with a red card after a dangerous shoulder run. Then Billy Procter also received a yellow card when he let Willemse walk.
But the Stormers did not turn the other cheek and although they were punished a number of times (seven times versus 12), they distributed the beats properly.
The biggest fumble has to go to scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies, who ran the Hurricanes drunk with his winding runs before he was replaced in the second half. Here is a shiny diamond to look after.
Pieter-Steph du Toit was once again an iron and a workhorse with Stephen Kitshoff just a short head behind him. So does the rest of the pack.
In the back, there is momentum and enterprise spirit, perhaps enough to win the crown this year.
The statistics tell the story: The Stormers advanced 481m with the ball and the Hurricanes only 219.
The Stormers only made 66 tackles, of which they missed ten. The Hurricanes had to make 107 tackles, of which 24 missed.
Scorers: Stormers 27 (19): Tries: Sergeal Petersen, Stephen Kitshoff, Herschel Jantjies, Damian Willemse. Goal kick: Willemse (2). Penalty: Willemse.