Cape Town - The Stormers have got their Australasian tour off to a losing start when they went down to the Hurricanes in Wellington on Saturday.
The Hurricanes won 34-28 after trailing 21-15 at half-time.
The Hurricanes scored five tries through prop Ben May, wing Wes Goosen (2) and the Barrett brothers, centre Jordie and flyhalf Beauden. Beauden Barrett was also on target with three conversions and a penalty.
The Stormers, who were left to rue some woeful kicking out of hand throughout the match by various culprits, replied with three tries of their own by flank Siya Kolisi, hooker Bongi Mbonambi and replacement loose forward Jaco Coetzee. Wing SP Marais added two conversions and three penalties.
In next weekend's Round 7 action, the Hurricanes welcome the Crusaders to Wellington in what promises to a humdinger of a clash (Friday, March 29 at 08:35 time), while the Stormers travel to Auckland to face the Blues (Saturday, March 30 at 08:35).
15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Wes Goosen, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Jordie Barrett, 11 Ben Lam, 10 Beauden Barrett (captain), 9 Richard Judd, 8 Reed Prinsep, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Vaea Fifita, 5 Liam Mitchell, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1 Fraser Armstrong
Substitutes: 16 James O’Reilly, 17 Xavier Numia, 18 Jeffrey Toomaga-Allen, 19 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 20 Sam Henwood, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Fletcher Smith, 23 Danny Toala
Dillyn Leyds, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Damian de Allende,
11 SP Marais, 10 Jean-Luc du Plessis, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Juarno
Augustus, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 JD
Schickerling, 4 Chris van Zyl, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1
Substitutes:16 Scarra Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Salmaan Moerat, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Dan du Plessis, 23 Damian Willemse