Cape Town - The Stormers beat a spirited Kings side in their Vodacom Super Rugby clash at the Nelson Mandela Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Saturday.
In front of a disappointing crowd, the Stormers won 41-10 after leading 17-3 at half-time.
The Stormers scored six tries by wings Dillyn Leyds and Bjorn Basson, flank Rynhardt Elstadt, flyhalf Robert du Preez, replacement scrumhalf Justin Phillips and centre EW Viljoen. Du Preez was also on target with two conversions and a penalty. Replacement Kurt Coleman added two late conversions.
The Kings, who will be sweating on their future in the tournament following SANZAAR's confirmation that changes are "imminent", replied with a try by wing Makazole Mapimpi and a conversion and penalty by flyhalf Lionel Cronje.
In next weekend's Round 4 action, the Stormers have a bye, while the Kings travel to Durban to face the Sharks (Saturday, March 18 at 19:30).
15 Masixole Banda, 14 Makazole Mapimpi,
13 Waylon Murray, 12 Luzuko Vulindlu, 11 Malcolm Jaer, 10 Lionel Cronje,
9 Rick Schroeder, 8 Riaan Lerm, 7 Themelani Bholi, 6 Chris Cloete, 5
Irne Herbst, 4 Tyler Paul, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Michael Willemse, 1
Schalk Ferreira (captain)
Substitutes: 16 Kurt Haupt, 17 Schalk van der Merwe, 18 Chris Heiberg, 19 Willem van der Sluys, 20 Andisa Ntsila, 21 Johan Steyn, 22 Pieter-Steyn de Wet, 23 Berton Klaasen
15 SP Marais, 14 Dillyn Leyds, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Dan du Plessis, 11 Bjorn Basson, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 6 Rynhardt Elstadt, 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth (captain), 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Oli Kebble
Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 JC Janse van Rensburg, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris Van Zyl, 20 Jaco Coetzee, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Kurt Coleman, 23 Damian Willemse