Aki sees red as Stormers see off Connacht
MATCH REPORT: The Stormers started their United Rugby Championship title defence with a 38-15 bonus-point win over Connacht in Stellenbosch on Saturday.
The home side outscored their opponents by four tries to two with flyhalf Manie Libbok contributing 18 points with the boot.
The visitors also had to play the last 20 minutes of the match with 14 men after Ireland international Bundee Aki was sent off for a dangerous cleanout.
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For Stormers:Tries: Roos, Venter, Dayimani, Theunissen Cons: Libbok 3 Pens: Libbok 4
For Connacht:Tries: Tierney-Martin, Aungier Con: Hawkshaw Pen: Fitzgerald
Red card: Bundee Aki (Connacht, 61' - foul play, dangerous cleanout)
Yellow card: Marvin Orie (Stormers, 37' - cynical play, playing the ball in a ruck)
Stormers: 15 Clayton Blommetjies, 14 Angelo Davids, 13 Suleiman Hartzenberg, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Seabelo Senatla, 10 Manie Libbok, 9 Paul de Wet, 8 Evan Roos, 7 Hacjivah Dayimani, 6 Junior Pokomela, 5 Marvin Orie, 4 Ernst van Rhyn (captain), 3 Brok Harris, 2 Andre-Hugo Venter, 1 Ali Vermaak. Replacements: 16 Chad Solomon, 17 Kwenzo Blose, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Adré Smith, 20 Marcel Theunissen, 21 Willie Engelbrecht, 22 Godlen Masimla, 23 Sacha Mngomezulu.
Connacht: 15 Oran McNulty, 14 John Porch, 13 Byron Ralston, 12 Tom Farrell, 11 Mack Hansen, 10 Conor Fitzgerald, 9 Caolin Blade, 8 Paul Boyle, 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Cian Prendergast, 5 Niall Murray, 4 Josh Murphy, 3 Finlay Bealham, 2 Dylan Tierney-Martin, 1 Denis Buckley. Replacements: 16 Dave Heffernan, 17 Peter Dooley, 18 Jack Aungier, 19 Oisín Dowling, 20 Shamus Hurley-Langton, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Bundee Aki, 23 David Hawkshaw.
Referee : Gianluca Gnecchi (Italy) Assistant referees: Morné Ferreira (South Africa), Stephan Guldenhuys (South Africa) TMO: Matteo Liperini (Italy)