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Brumbies blown away by Stormers

Brumbies blown away by Stormers

The Brumbies arrived in coach Jake White’s home town of Cape Town after an outstanding performance against the Sharks last week looking to continue that great form.

But after setting the Super Rugby record of seven away wins in a row, the Brumbies would have a tough time of extending that record after Nic White was ruled out of the starting team early in the week. The visitors then suffered a blow on game day with fullback Jesse Mogg a late scratching with a shoulder injury.

The Match

The Brumbies started off well and weren’t showing too many nerves early on as they settled into the game. But that would change nine minutes into the game with the Stormers on the board early with a penalty goal.

Almost immediately, Stormers winger Gio Aplon busted the line with some fancy footwork and left Robbie Coleman clutching thin air as he dived over for the first try of the night.

The Brumbies got their first score from a Christian Lealiifano penalty but the Stormers started to control the ball and from a lineout five metres out, they rolled the maul and lock Andries Bekker claimed the try.

devilliers smith 516The Brumbies got their first try of the match through Henry Speight after being put through a gap from Tevita Kuridrani when not much appeared to be on. Lealiifano’s conversion closed the gap to five.

Just before half time the Stormers crossed again on the back of a handling error from the Brumbies. Andries Bekker took a pass from Elton Jantjies and strolled over from close range for his second try of the night to make it 22-10 at the half.

The Brumbies got the points rolling in the second half with a penalty goal, although they could have had more if their handling was better.

They were able to edge closer with another penalty goal and it seemed whatever Jake White said at half time was starting to sink in.

But it was errors that cost the Brumbies any chance of getting back into the game with bad handling and scrum infringements becoming a problem.

They could have shut up shop and contained the damage but they pushed on and got within three with only 10 minutes remaining with Lealiifano’s fifth penalty of the night.

That good work was undone with a Stormers penalty in the Brumbies’ 22 that saw Pietersen extend the lead to six to ensure a grandstand finish.

But the Stormers then put the game to bed after another wayward Brumbies pass fell into Gerhard van den Heever’s hands and he ran untouched to score the bonus point try with only minutes remaining.

The Brumbies head home with five points in the bag and a few things to work on before they take on the Bulls next week.

The Game Changer

The Brumbies’ handling errors all night let them down but the Stormers’ fourth try with just minutes to go halted any chance of a Brumbies comeback.


Andries Bekker’s two tries and general play were outstanding. For the Brumbies George Smith was best.

Wallaby watch

George Smith showed that he is more than ready to play during the Lions series with some excellent steals at the ruck.

The Details

Score & Scorers

Stormers: 35
Tries: Aplon, Bekker 2, van den Heever
Conversions: Pietersen 3
Penalties: Pietersen 3

Brumbies: 22
Tries: Speight
Conversions: Lealiifano
Penalties: Lealiifano 5

Cards & citings


  • Duvstar

    Think blown aways a bit harsh. Whilst they weren’t as good as last week, this was always going to be a huge test and with a few different bounces of the ball in the last ten Brumbies could have snuck it. Definitely deserved a losing bonus point. Overall a good trip to South Africa

  • brumby runner

    The difference was the Stormers’ defence. It was brutal all night. Becker was outstanding. Very few Brumbies able to bend or break the line in this game. We will need to step up next week or the Aust conference will be looking very weak again.
    Incidentally, I believe the rolling maul try was scored with the help of a massive truck and trailer, but really had no bearing on the outcome. Probably should have been referred to the TMO.

  • Big Ted

    Stormers did to the Brumbies what they did to the Sharks last week. Completely outmuscled in the contact areas. Would still say the brumbies backs looked the more likely to score with the little ball they got. Sqeaky’s worst game in a long time with turnovers, crooked throws, sh#t passes. And bloody Kimlin! Was getting sat on his ass all night into contact so decided to try his hand as a playmaker…if Scott Fardy isn’t a better, or at least a more intelligent player than the ginger ninja I’ll eat my hat. George Smith very good in the loose and the only forward who seemed willing to take it to some of the Biltong eating cheap shot merchants, but I can’t remember the last time he got so thrown around taking the ball into contact.

    Toomua and Lialiifano still the best inside back combo in Oz, and for mine, Kuridrani has shown more in 2 games than any other 13 in the Australian conference in 2013. Real test for Jake White will be to see if he can get his young team up for next week. Still on top of the table but have a trip to In-Zid looming…

  • Tim

    Can’t disagree with much that BJ said, but that headline is over the top. Brums looked much better in the 2nd half & could have easily come away with the points. But catch up rugby is dangerous so instead of losing by less than 7 or even edging ahead close to the siren, the result looked worse than it was. The return to home base will do them good. One thing I thought you did miss BJ, was the tactical kicking. Thought the lads definitely had an off night on that front. Too many Tah style punts into the hands of some very willing runners. Maybe they missed Moggy & his boot. Aside from the errors by Coleman, his loss of control & the resulting penalty were crucial.

  • Just watched the replay there. Match could have gone either way. Brumbies looked very tired. Not as clinical as we have seen them this year. Too many unforced errors which meant they were pushing water uphill – especially when playing a brilliant defensive (and cheap shot) side like the stormers.

    Coleman looked way out of his depth, Mogg was missed. As was Nic White. Pryor was taking too long to distribute the ball. Fotu was excellent again and added some bone shattering tackles to his already impressive running. Won’t be surprised if Deans overlooks him though for someone like Brown. George Smith MUST be the wallabies no 7. Immense, superb incredible. The guy was a standout at the breakdown.

  • servo

    So the only thing we’ve taken away from this game is that we definitely were missing Moggs and White’s kicking. I’d say roughly 90% of Colemans clearing kicks did not find touch, which should’ve if Mogg was there. Toomau tends to kick more if the team is not crossing the gain line in the 1st phase. Useless and aimless kicks, I know it was for territory but we weren’t winning in that department sometimes a ball in hand is better than giving the ball away. And what the hell is up with Kimlin? In the last 3 games he has brain farts, either chips of does a wayward pass. There were plenty of penalties in the Stormers half and they didn’t once kick for touch. They should’ve had a crack, even once see if they were worthy to attack the Stormers goal line.

    They drifted away from keeping a simple game plan because of the pressure the Stormers were applying. They didn’t adjust to their situation as compared to the other games we’ve seen.

  • I agree with Smith as MoM for the Brumbies, but was still impressed with Auelua’s running. He’s the rugby definition of schwerpunkt (eg maximum force at a single point). The Brumbies need to look at their tactical kicking as some of the commenters mentioned and they only have to look at that and their handling errors to see why they didn’t pull this one out. Next week will show their character.

    • Totally agree. Fotu is just a monster and the type of player who opposing teams fear. He made absolute shit of Gio Aplon and one or two others.

      Even if, if he doesnt get over the gain line, chances are due to his size and growing rep, he will suck in a few defenders in an attempt to bring him down which then creates space for the next play. I havent seen Palu, Samo or any other player in Aussie rugby do that for some time so i desperately hope he remains fit and in form for the lions

  • Pedro

    To be within three with under ten minutes to go was good, but ultimately the Stormers were the better team. Still the brumbies showed they can hang in games, even when errors and perhaps fatigue creep in. We missed white/mogg’s kicking ability more than anything else. Hope those guys are back soon.

    Anyone know what is going on with A.Smith? I know Kuridrani’s playing great, but still rate Andrew very highly, even though he is somewhat unfashionable in his style of play.

    • ScrumJunkie

      He’s injured. I think it was a concussion issue.

  • lee williams

    ….disappointing to see the Brumbies lose but it would do them good, so long as they take lessons out of it. The game could have gone either way, they kept fighting to the end rather than rolling over and giving up. George Smith was superb and seems more aggressive than what I remember. He has got to be lured back to Australia/wallabies. If ARU had any brains, they would make every effort to entice him back. If they could afford to make efforts to entice league players to learn how to play our game under loads of cash, they should make the same effort to bring back one of the real wallaby greats.

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