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The Stormers broke into the top four on the points table after beating the Brumbies at Newlands by 20 points to 10. The victory was the first Stormers win over the Brumbies in 10 years.


The Stormers again failed to pick up a bonus point for the second week running whcih could come to hurt them in two weeks time as the end of the round robin matches come to a close.


Schalk Brits won man of the match and he admitted after the match that it was a pity that they failed to score the bonus point.


The Brumbies had a shocker of a night by their standards as the bounce of the ball failed to go their way. A few of referee Steve Walsh’s decisions failed to go their way as well and a penalty try was awarded to the Stormers.


The Stormers scored all their points in the first half.


The Stormers took early liberties when they attempted to run their way out of trouble from deep options and very nearly came to grief when two of three attempted clearances were charged down.


However, the Stormers defence scrambled well enough to avert disaster.


Both sides served notice that they would run the whenever the opportunity presented itself, with Stirling Mortlock (Brumbies) and Gcobani Bobo (Stormers) taking the initiative.


However, another Bobo break proved most telling in the 12th minute when he cracked open the Brumbies defence before laying on a scoring pass for Jean de Villiers who raced in unopposed. Peter Grant added the conversion (7-0).


There was little to suggest at this stage that this try would really ignite the Stormers and in the ensuing minutes the Brumbies defence was severely tested as Sireli Naqelevuki and De Villiers brought off thrilling runs which, although hugely promising, came to nought.


For the time being the Stormers had to rely on a further advance from a Grant penalty in the 20th minute (10-0).


However, moments later De Villiers broke out from his own 22m area when he snatched up a loose ball and darted down the grandstand touchline before he was checked 10 metres from the Brumbies tryline.


He managed to slip a pass to the supporting Bobo but the centre, with the tryline at his mercy, was slightly obstructed moments before gathered the pass and referee Steve Walsh had ho hesitation in awarding a penalty try, which Grant converted (17-0).


Three minutes later Grant was on target with another penalty but that proved to be the last score for the rampant Stormers in this half (20-0).


For the remaining 12 minutes the Brumbies launched an all-out assault, as they managed to pin the Stormers down in their own half with sorties down the middle and wide.

 

However, the Stormers were equal to the task and it must have been very frustrating for the Australian visitors that they had to return to the dressing room empty-handed.

 

The players trooped off at halftime to huge acclaim from the 44 539-strong crowd who were treated to a champagne display both on attack and defence by Stormers.

Early second-half play was confined mainly between the two 10m lines, as the teams battled to consolidate their game plans but defences were well structured although the Brumbies looked the more impressive during this passage of play.


In the 55th minute the Brumbies finally came good when Tyrone Smith caught the Stormers defence napping and managed a penetrative run from the Stormers 10m up to 10 metres from the tryline where he found support from rightwing Adam Ashley-Cooper who dotted down close to the corner flag in the 55th minute.


Mortlock failed to convert (20-5). In what has become a familiar pattern of Stormers second-half play they faded away badly and allowed the opposition to gain the upper hand. As a result they spent sustained spells in their own half, keeping the Brumbies in check.


They had to rely on the occasional lengthy upfield kick to move out of their half, and in the play leading up to the end they seldom looked like breaching the Brumbies defence again, although there was a brief spell some seven ahead of the final whistle when they came to light with some hectic efforts, all which were unsuccessful.


The only advance on the score sheet at the death was an unconverted try by Brumbies substitute Adam Wallace-Harrison.


 

Final score Stormers 20 Brumbies 10

 

Scorers

 

Stormers

Tries – Jean de Villiers, Penalty try

Pen – Peter Grant (2)

Con – Peter Grant (2)

 

Brumbies

Tries – Adam Ashley-Cooper, Adam Wallace-Harrison

Pen –

Con –

Cards –  Christian Lealiifano 22 (yellow)

 

Saturday May 3
Newlands, Cape Town
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Vinny Munro (New Zealand), Phillip Bosch (South Africa)
Television match official: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)
Assessor: Dennis Immelman (South Africa)

 

Teams

 

Stormers

Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean de Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Robbie Diack, Francois Louw, Luke Watson, Andries Bekker, Adriaan Fondse, Brok Harris, Schalk Brits, Brian Mujati.


Reserves: Deon Fourie, Schalk Ferreira, Ross Skeate, Pieter Myburgh, Bolla Conradie, Tony Brown, Dylan Des Fountain.


Brumbies


1. Nic Henderson, 2. Saia Faingaa,3. Salesi Ma’afu, 4. Alister Campbell, 5. Mark Chisholm, 6. Stephen Hoiles, 7. George Smith, 8. Julian Salvi, 9. Patrick Phibbs, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Francis Fainifo, 12. Tyrone Smith, 13. Stirling Mortlock (c), 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper. 15. Mark Gerrard.


Reserves: 16. John Ulugia, 17. Guy Shepherdson, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ben Alexander, 20. Mitchell Chapman, 21. Joshua Holmes, 22. Afusipa Taumoepeau.


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