The Stormers claimed their fifth win of the Super Rugby season on Saturday with a clinical 33-0 victory over the Cheetahs in difficult conditions at a windy Newlands in Cape Town.
The Stormers scored four unanswered tries as Allister Coetzee's team recorded back-to-back wins for the first time this year following last week's success over the Force.
The result sees the Stormers leapfrog the Cheetahs and Rebels as they climb to eleventh in the overall standings.
Despite playing against the wind, the Stormers led 15-0 at half time thanks to tries from hooker Deon Fourie and wing Kobus van Wyk.
Flanker Siya Kolisi added a third try to rub salt into the wounds of the well-beaten Free Staters before winger Sailosi Tagicakibau secured the bonus-point fourth try in the closing stages.
There was bad news for the Stormers before kick-off though when Springbok captain Jean de Villiers was ruled out with a knee injury. He will undergo a scope in Cape Town on Sunday to determine the full extent of the injury but has been withdrawn from the upcoming Bok training camp. And there were further concerns for the national team when Schalk Burger did come out for the second half after a knock to the neck.
The Stormers opened the scoring early on when Fourie crashed over at the back of a textbook maul. The howling north-westerly wind had it's way with Kurt Coleman's conversion attempt but the home side would have nevertheless been happy with a 5-0 lead.
Indeed, the blustery conditions made going for goal a lottery and the Cheetahs did a lot of kicking into the corners, but got little reward from the resulting line-outs
Cheetahs skipper Adriaan Strauss was given ten minutes in the bin for a tip tackle on Van Wyk and Coleman landed his first penalty a few minutes later after the Cheetahs were pinged at scrum time.
The Stormers got their second try shortly before the break when van Wyk stepped past Willie le Roux to end a counter-attack started in the Stormers half by Cheslin Kolbe.
Coleman extended the gap just after the restart when Boom Prinsloo was caught offside and replacement fly-half Peter Grant gave the home side a 21-point lead on the hour mark when Hilton Lobberts was pinged for not rolling away.
Kolisi, who replaced Burger at half time, cruised over for the third try with ten minutes left after Damian de Allende straightened the line to draw two defenders and put his flanker away.
Stormers lock Michael Rhodes saw yellow for hair pulling in the dying minutes but the numerical disadvantage didn't stop the hosts from bagging the bonus point as Tagicakibau pounced on the loose ball after le Roux had tried to swat a Grant chip kick away with his hand.
Tries: Fourie, Van Wyk, Kolisi, Tagicakibau
Cons: Coleman, Grant
Pens: Coleman 2, Grant
Yellow card: Rhodes
For Cheetahs: :
Yellow card: Strauss
Stormers: 15 Jaco Taute, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Juan de Jongh, 12 Damian de Allende , 11 Cheslin Kolbe, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger (c), 6 Nizaam Carr, 5 Ruan Botha, 4 Michael Rhodes, 3 Pat Cilliers, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Alistair Vermaak.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Martin Dreyer, 19 Jean Kleyn, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Dylon Frylinck, 22 Peter Grant, 23 Sailosi Tagicakibau.
Cheetahs: 15 Hennie Daniller, 14 Cornal Hendricks, 13 Johann Sadie, 12 Rayno Benjamin, 11 Willie le Roux, 10 Johan Goosen, 9 Shaun Venter, 8 Boom Prinsloo, 7 Teboho Mohoje, 6 Heinrich BrÃ¼ssow, 5 Francois Uys, 4 Willem Serfontein, 3 Coenie Oosthuizen, 2 Adriaan Strauss (c), 1 Caylib Oosthuizen.
Replacements: 16 Torsten van Jaarsveld, 17 Trevor Nyakane, 18 Maks van Dyk, 19 Hilton Lobberts, 20 Carel Greeff, 21 Tian Meyer, 22 Elgar Watts, 23 Gouws Prinsloo.
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Stuart Berry (SA)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen, Quinton Immelman (both SA)
Television match official: Deon van Blommestein (SA)