Rugby union: Nine-try Highlanders thump Stormers

Highlanders put Stormers to the sword in Dunedin, running in five tries in the first half and four in the second.

Patrick Osborne marked his 50th Highlanders appearance by scoring two tries and Waisake Naholo also claimed a brace in a ruthless 57-14 Super Rugby rout of Stormers.

The 2015 champions ran riot at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Friday, turning on the style to stretch their winning run to five matches in devastating fashion.

Wing Osborne was outstanding in his landmark appearance for the in-form Dunedin-based franchise, helping himself to a first-half double as Highlanders scored nine tries in a ruthless demolition job.

Aaron Smith pulled the strings in a magnificent all-round performance from Tony Brown's side, who led 31-7 at half-time after Nizaam Carr's converted try had put Stomers in front early on.

Naholo and Liam Squire added further tries before the impressive Rob Thompson took a superb offload from Osborne to go under the posts before the break as Highlanders produced free-flowing rugby of the highest order.

New Zealand wing Naholo scored a second try following the interval and there were also tries for Dillon Hunt, Greg Pleasants-Tate and Matt Faddes in a Highlanders masterclass, with Stormers slipping to a third consecutive defeat.

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