Super Rugby

Brumbies beat Stormers in Cape Town




The Stormers have played the Brumbies 19 times in Super Rugby since 1998, the Stormers have won six matches, drawn once and lost 12 times.

The Stormers six wins from 19 matches give them a record of winning 32% of their matches against the Brumbies regardless of venue.

  • The South Africans have won four of their last five at home against the Brumbies in the Super Rugby regular season (L1).
  • The Brumbies have won five of their last seven games in Super Rugby in South Africa (L2), scoring 25 points or more in four of those wins.
  • The Stormers have won eight of their last 10 at home in Super Rugby (L2), a run dating back to the start of the 2018 campaign.
  • In their last Super Rugby match against the Lions, the Brumbies beat 41 defenders; their highest tally since 2011, their previous best was 35 at home to the Chiefs in Round 20 2014.
  • Damian de Allende has scored a try in each of his last two matches, he has achieved this once before in Super Rugby (Round 15-16 2015).

Match detail

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1.00: PEEEEP! We are underway at Newlands in the beautiful city of Cape Town on South Africa’s western coast.

2.00: Tom Wright gets back to dot down after Ruhan Nel’s speculative kick.

4.00: The Stormers are going through the phases inside the Brumbies’ 22. The ball is out into touch, but the Cape side has the throw.

5.00: Damian Willemse gets penalised for holding. It was Jahrome Brown who was quickest to the breakdown to win the penalty and release the early pressure.

6.00: TRY! The Brumbies go through 10 phases before Rory Arnold’s smart pass to Pete Samu, who dotted down in the corner under pressure from Willemse and Sergeal Petersen, gets the visitors on the board. It was the first real attack by the Australians. 0-5

8.00: MISS! Christian Lealiifano shanks his kick well wide of the posts. 0-5

9.00: The Stormers win a penalty for foul play by Folau Fainga’a. Josh Stander calls for the tee.

9.00: PENALTY! Stander puts the Stormers on the board. 3-5

10.00: TRY! Arnald charges down Herschel Jantjies poor clearance attempt, beats Willemse to the bouncing ball and walks over for the try. Wow! The big lock-forward has made one and scored one. 3-10

12.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano makes no mistake from closer to the posts. 3-12

14.00: STAT ALERT! We have the first scrum of the game.

15.00: Scott Sio collapses the scrum and the hosts are awarded a penalty. Stander clears from his 22 to the oppositions’.

17.00: Arnold is offsides. Stand-in Stormers skipper Steven Kitshoff calls for a scrum. It’s in centre-field inside the Brumbies’ 22.

19.00: The Stormers get a let-off; their scrum was dismantled, but somehow, they won the penalty for hands in the scrum. Kitsoff calls for another set-piece.

22.00: Petersen knocks on an interception attempt from Joe Powell’s pass. We have a break in play because of two HIAs.

23.00: Lealiifano clears the danger for his side with a decent clearance. The Aussies are struggling a little in the tight phases.

25.00: Willemse pins the Brumbies back inside their 22. He is then punished for kicking the ball away from Tom Banks – as if Banks was going to take a quick throw. Moronic.

26.00: Lealiifano kicks directly into touch on the full; play comes back to the visitors’ 10m.

27.00: Dillyn Leyds’ deft grubber rolls out over the in-goal area. Siya Kolisi calls for a kick to touch because the hosts had a penalty advantage.

29.00: NO TRY! Salmaan Moerat thinks his first Super Rugby try, but Wilco Louw knocked on in the build-up. The Stormers battered the Brumbies line with one-off runners and pick-and-drives. After several phases, the big man powered his way over from close range, however, the hosts get a penalty for Samu’s earlier indiscretion. 3-12

30.00: Stander kicks to the corner again.

31.00: Nick Briant has lost the plot, the Brumbies have given away four penalties in the red zone; two for offsides and two for slowing the ball down illegally. Stander kicks to the corner yet again.

33.00: And just like that, the Stormers come away with nothing after Kitsoff loses the ball forward in contact near the chalk. The Stormers eschewed five kickable penalties, which WILL come back to haunt them. TAKE THE POINTS! You are allowed to.

34.00: MASSIVE SCRUM! Louw, whose knock-on cost his team a try, is pinged for illegal scrummaging.

35.00: Fainga’a’s throw is not straight; that is a let-off for Robbie Fleck’s side.

37.00: The Brumbies are starting to feed off the Stormers’ mistakes.

39.00: Nel takes his eyes off the ball, giving the opposition an attacking scrum.

40.00: He’s a lucky boy, the Brumbies lose possession, giving their hosts a scrum. Jantjies clears.

41.00: Jantjies breaks into the 22 before being stopped short of the try line. He knocked on as he tried to roll over the line. However, there looks to have been a high tackle on the scrumhalf by Toni Pulu.

41.00: TMO REVIEW! Lots of confusion at the moment because the Brumbies were already in the tunnel and halfway to the change rooms. Might be a penalty try, here.

41.00: PENALTY TRY! The referee says that if Pulu didn’t tackle the scrumhalf high, he would have crossed with his momentum for the try. 10-12

41.00: YELLOW CARD! Pulu is sent to the sin-bin; it’s a double whammy. 10-12

The halftime score was Stormers 10 Brumbies 12

41.00: PEEEEP! We are back underway at Newlands after a scintillating end to the opening 40 minutes.

42.00: This is a vital period of the game for the Brumbies; they need to slow the play, down and control the clock.

43.00: Banks cleans up at the back. The Stormers are attacking the vacant wing with little kicks in behind as well as running down that channel.

44.00: Henry Speight infringed at the breakdown. The Cape side went six phases but nothing came of the attack.

45.00: Kitsoff opts for another lineout, he won’t take a shot at goal.

46.00: TRY! The white wall is finally breached, it is Louw, who atones for his earlier sins. He crashed over from close range after his fellow teammates battered the Brumbies’ line. 15-12

47.00: CONVERSION! Stander adds the extras. 17-12

50.00: The Brumbies have done well to stave off the blue wave, but they are not out of the woods, yet.

52.00: NO TRY! Wonderful scramble defending by Speight to come back and tackle Nel into touch. The on-field decision was no try and the TMO upholds the call. It was close. 17-12

55.00: Excellent defending by Dan McKellar’s men, they win a penalty on their line and can clear the danger.

58.00: TRY! Banks is in for his third try of the 2019 Super rugby season. There was some good inter-linking play between backs and forwards as the Australians built up pressure, patiently. 17-all

59.00: CONVERSION! Lealiifano puts his side back in front. 17-19

62.00: The ref pings James Slipper for hinging in the scrum. It looks like a management call has decided the next play. Stander will take a shot.

63.00: MISS! That is poor from the flyhalf, who seemed to rush his kick. 17-19

66.00: Penalty to the Stormers for collapsing the maul. The infringement, against Slipper again, is near the touchline. Stander sets up the lineout near the Aussies’ line.

67.00: Stander’s kick cannot be gathered by Willemse, but the hosts had another penalty advantage for collapsing another maul. The ref has warned the Aussies. Kitshoff wants another lineout, naturally.

69.00: OH DEAR! JJ Engelbrecht loses the ball forward, and the ball is hacked back into the Stormers’ half. they regroup and mount another attack, this time from deep.

71.00: The siege ends with another scrum to Fleck’s men. It’s under the posts and inside the 22. Kitshoff leaves to a standing ovation. He’s been good, today.

73.00: The ref has missed a high tackle by the Brumbies. Instead, he awards the visitors a penalty. It kills the host’s opportunity and allows the ball to be cleared up to halfway.

74.00: The Brumbies win the penalty; Banks kicks to the 22.

77.00: The Aussies are slowing play, down. They can sense a W.

79.00: Time is ticking down for Fleck’s me. The Brumbies go to their maul, go through the phases as they run down the clock.

80.00: The hooter sounds, and the ball is kicked into the stands for a famous victory.


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The final score is Stormers 17 (10) Brumbies 19 (12)


Tries – Penalty try, Louw
Pen – Stander
Con – Stander
Drop –
Cards –

Tries – Samu, Arnold, Banks
Pen –
Con – Lealiifano (2)
Drop –
Cards – Pulu (Yellow, 41′)

Match Officials
Referee: Nick Briant
Assistant Ref 1: Glen Jackson
Assistant Ref 2: Federico Anselmi
TMO: Marius Jonker



15 Damian Willemse, 14 Sergeal Petersen, 13 Ruhan Nel, 12 Dan Kriel, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Joshua Stander, 9 Herschel Jantjies, 8 Kobus van Dyk, 7 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 6 Ernst van Rhyn, 5 Cobus Wiese, 4 Salmaan Moerat, 3 Wilco Louw, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 Steven Kitshoff (captain).

Replacements: 16 Siyabonga Ntubeni, 17 Corne Fourie, 18 Neethling Fouche, 19 Johan du Toit, 20 Siya Kolisi, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 JJ Engelbrecht, 23 Seabelo Senatla.


15 Tom Banks, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Tom Wright, 11 Toni Pulu, 10 Christian Lealiifano (captain), 9 Joe Powell, 8 Pete Samu, 7 Jahrome Brown, 6 Tom Cusack, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements: 16 Josh Mann-Rea, 17 James Slipper, 18 Leslie Leuluaialii-Makin, 19 Darcy Swain, 20 Murray Douglas, 21 Matt Lucas, 22 Wharenui Hawera, 23 Andy Muirhead.

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