The Stormers have officially hit the bottom. The bottom of the Super Rugby standings, that is. For the first time since the conference system was introduced, the Cape Town franchise is propping up the SA Conference, which includes the Jaguares from Argentina. Saturday’s 24-17 loss to the Sharks in Durban was the Stormers’ sixth defeat in nine games this season. Only the Sunwolves — with eight losses — have suffered more defeats than the Stormers in 2018. With the Jaguares beating the Brumbies in Canberra on Sunday, the Stormers slipped to last on the five-team conference with 14 points. The Jaguares and Sharks are two and four points above them, after the same number of matches. The Lions are running away with the conference on 30 points, while the Bulls have 19 points from eight matches. The situation has probably left Robbie Fleck’s team with too much ground to make up in a race for a play-off place even with a run of three home games to come, starting on Friday against the Melbou...

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