Stormers bow out of the Champions Cup

One of Champions Cup rugby’s enduring truisms proved the roadblock to South African interest in this year’s competition on Saturday. 

The Stormers, much like the Sharks earlier in the afternoon in Toulouse, found life far away from home littered with peril in the continent’s elite competition. 

The Stormers, lacking composure, conviction and crucially vitality, found Exeter Chiefs too tough to contain as they went down 42-17 to exit the Champions Cup in Exeter at the quarterfinal stage. 

The holders of the United Rugby Championship (URC) had hoped to announce themselves among European rugby’s elite in the Champions Cup semifinals but they will face a trip back to Cape Town as long and possibly more interrogatory than the one t

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