SR: Brumbies 25, DHL Stormers 15

imagesThe Brumbies, after a slowish start to the season, are beginning to find their true form.

A bruising win over the Waratahs last weekend has set the tone for the rest of the season, but it has come at a cost for the Brumbies. Three key players – led by wing Henry Speight – picked up injuries in the match and won’t take the field on Saturday against the Stormers. In addition to Speight, prop Scott Sio and lock Leon Power, Wallaby centre Tevita Kuridrani is also unavailable after flying home to Fiji for a funeral.

Wallaby flyer Joe Tomane and centre Andrew Smith are handy replacements in the backs, while Cape Town-raised prop Jean-Pierre Smith and flank Jordan Smiler come into the pack, with Scott Fardy shifting from the side of the scrum to lock. Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham admitted his team is in for another tough test, especially they have not defeated the Stormers since 2010 in Cape Town – with losses in Canberra (2011) and Newlands (2013).

“Traditionally we find them very difficult to beat,” Larkham said. “They’ve had a tough start to the season and will be desperate for a win in Canberra to get some pay from this tour.” The Stormers are on the back-end of a tough Australasian tour, falling to the Crusaders and Chiefs before facing the Brumbies and Reds on their way back to the Republic.

Stormers forwards coach Matt Proudfoot believes the hard work the players put in at training this week will put the team in good stead. “We’ve been really critical of ourselves, isolating where we need to perform to get the result we want,” Proudfoot said in an interview on the Stormers website. “On that note, the players have responded well at training [this week].

“You know, there’s not a lot of time to train when you’re on tour. You need to be accurate when you do and the players have responded well on that level.” The Stormers have won just once in seven games in Canberra. However, that win came in their previous encounter in Canberra (in 2011) and nine players – including captain Jean de Villiers and vice-captain Schalk Burger – are back for this fixture some three years later.

Proudfoot added: “We do take a good feeling out there [from last time out], but we know that this is probably Australia’s best side and they are playing well at the moment. We know it will be a very tough game. “We watched their game against the Waratahs, who they dominated, so it was a sobering experience to see that [having watched it together as a team]. We know what we have to do, the detail has been good this week and we hope to take our energy with us to Canberra.”

Recent results:
2013: Stormers won 35-22, Cape Town
2011: Stormers won 16-3, Canberra
2010: Brumbies won 19-17, Cape Town
2009: Brumbies won 17-10, Canberra
2008: Stormers won 20-10, Cape Town
2007: Brumbies won 26-13, Canberra


Brumbies: 15 Jesse Mogg, 14 Joe Tomane, 13 Andrew Smith, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Robbie Coleman, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Nic White, 8 Ben Mowen (captain), 7 Jarrad Butler, 6 Jordan Smiler, 5 Sam Carter, 4 Scott Fardy, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 JP Smith.
Replacements: 16 Siliva Siliva, 17 Ruan Smith, 18 Ruaidhri Murphy, 19 Jack Whetton, 20 Lachlan McCaffrey, 21 Michael Dowsett, 22 Stephan van der Walt, 23 Lionel Cronje.

Stormers: 15 Gio Aplon, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Jean de Villiers (captain), 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Sailosi Tagicakibau, 10 Peter Grant, 9 Nic Groom, 8 Duane Vermeulen, 7 Schalk Burger, 6 Deon Fourie, 5 Michael Rhodes, 4 Ruan Botha, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Tiaan Liebenberg, 1 Steven Kitshoff.
Replacements: 16 Stephan Coetzee, 17 Oliver Kebble, 18 Brok Harris, 19 Siya Kolisi, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Demetri Catrakilis, 23 Juan de Jongh.’

Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: James Leckie (Australia), Andrew Lees (Australia)
TMO: Peter Marshall (Australia)

  59 comments for “SR: Brumbies 25, DHL Stormers 15

  1. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:28 am
    Well we move from NZ to Aus….for the Brumbies hosting the Stormers…
  2. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:34 am
    Schalk Burger not playing, Kolisi starts! Big blow!

    Jaco Taute also out

  3. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:36 am
    Stormers just need to pull finger and play rugga’s
  4. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:39 am
    Both teams have a long injury list
  5. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:43 am
    Both teams seems to find their feet in the first few minutes and Stormers with attacking lineout 15 out….

    Penalty Stormers for coming in from the side from Brumbies….

    Grant going for points first up…..

    miss to the left

    Score: Brumbies 0 Stormers 0

  6. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:47 am
    Brumbies can not field high ball and knock on…Stormers scrum….

    Good scrum Stormers and Jean goes through a gap….

    Penalty again fro Stormers for off side in the ruck….

    Grant going for points again….

    This time OVER!!!!!

    Score: Brumbies 0 Stormers 3 with 7 min gone

  7. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:48 am
    Stormers collect kick off and Grant setups lineout
  8. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:50 am
    From lineout….Brumbies drive….through the line and Brumbies cut Stormers defence and …….TRY!!!!! Brumbies Brilliant try…

    Score: Brumbies 7 Stormers 3

  9. avatar
    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    March 22, 2014 at 10:50 am
    I hate this super shit. You cannot play a players in the air at line out and then the aussie players slowing the ball down cynically by always laying in the way at ruck and acting like they are slow to get up then the ref letting the brumbies get skew throw ins and makes the stormers players mover extra yard across.
    Not going to watch same crap year after year crap shit refs…total waste of time. At least it only cost me 5 minutes of time
  10. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:51 am
    Brumbies kick out from 22 after the kick off…Stormers lineout…..

    Penalty Stormers for playing the man in the air…..

    Stormers setup lineout in Brumbies 22

  11. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:53 am
    Stormers looking good in attack doing thing at full tilt…
  12. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:54 am
    Scrum Brumbies 5 meters from their line……

    Great scrum but Brumbies do get the ball and find touch..

  13. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:56 am
    Stormers loose lineout and Brumbies on attack now in Stormers half of the field….

    Good defence knock the ball from brumbies and scrum given to Stormers…..

  14. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:59 am
    Stormers scrum looks good today…. Stormers going forward but look like they are running at support at crucial times….Stormers gets penalty ….

    Aplon goes for lineout in Brumbies 22….

    Sloppy at lineout for Stormers…

  15. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 10:59 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa: Referee and TMO decisions is shocking so far in Supershit
  16. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
    @Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa:

    yeah there was a time that I didnt miss a game over a weekend. Now I just watch the Bulls games, and ten minutes here and there when other teams play. Refs have totally spiled the pleasure of watching the game I love.

    It really is poor.

  17. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:02 am
    From scrum Stormers goes through the hands….

    Brumbies given away about four penalties away…Jackson not even talking to Brumbies…unbelievable……Stormers penalty and they go for lineout….
    Ref now spoken to Brumbies final warning

  18. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:04 am
    Lineout and TRY Stormers Vermeulen goes over …..

    Finally Stormers do get over…..

    Score: Brumbies 7 Stormers 10

  19. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:06 am
    Stormers gather kick off and kick down field for lineout … kick to Brumbies and they start running..

    Brumbies knock on with some brilliant defence again from the Stormers…
    Scrum Stormers in their own half

  20. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:08 am
    From scrum Stormers goes down field…..Brumbies kicks back and return with on of his own….Stormers now kick high….and Brumbies knock on and Stormers goes down the touch line but gets driven out…Line out Brumbies in their own half
  21. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:11 am
    Brumbies take line out and they kick down field with Stormers counter attacking….

    Grant with kick through but can not gather…Brumbies kick through and Aplon slice through with Stormers on attack and penalty against them for holding on

  22. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:12 am
    Mugs good to see ya back !

    Wow. Just watched Cheetahs & viewed the play by play of Bunny.
    If you look in the dictionary under “Thorough” you’ve gotta see a picture of RW’s BUNNY.

    I almost didn’t need to watch the game.

    Spectacular Bunny. Huzzah!

  23. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:13 am
    Brumbies on attack now and they move into Stormers 22….Ref looks at a tackle but it looks ok…

    Waiting for TMO…..ahh yellow card Liebenberg off

  24. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:14 am
    Brumbies on attack and force penalty right in front and Brumbis goes for Poles…


    Brumbies 10 Stormers 10

  25. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:16 am
    Stormers lose ball through stupid kick from Groom and Brumbies kick down field and Aplon take mark……

    Lineout on half way

  26. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:18 am
    Brumbies mess up the lineout and scrum Stormers with one man down….

    Brumbies scrum all over the Stormers 7 man scrum…penalty

  27. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:21 am
    Lineout on Stormers 22…..Brumbies goes through the line…Stormers keep defence……great defence but Stormers give penalty away after defending 14 phases….

    Brumbies goes for poles…..


    Score: Brumbies 13 Stormers 10

  28. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:25 am
    Stormers lineout and they lose the ball and that is half time….

    Brumbies lead 13-10….

    Stormers get punish for the yellow card….

    On the stats side of things:

    Meters run…..Stormers 163 Brumbies 160
    Tackles….Stormers 48 Brumbies 49
    Missed tackles…… Stormers 3 Brumbies 11
    Handling errors…… Stormers 0 Brumbies 9

    Stormers must make better use of their dominance

  29. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:28 am
  30. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:34 am
    Second Half Brumbies versus Stormers all to play for both teams….
  31. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:35 am
    Groom with a useless kick and Brumbies on attack in the Stormers half……Stormers turnover and force penalty….
  32. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:36 am
    Grant not out and Brumbies send ball back for lineout…Stormers back to 15
  33. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:38 am
    Grant with a senseless kick and Brumbies comes back on attack….Stormers need to learn to keep longer in hands….

    Brumbies still with ball on attack…..and Stormers get penalty for not releasing

  34. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:39 am
    Aplon now not finding touch….penalty again for high tackle Stormers find touch finally
  35. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:40 am
    From lineout Stormers goes through backline….and Grant kick out on the full….silly mistakes!!!!
  36. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:42 am
    Skew by Brumbies and scrum Stormers……

    Stormers through hands but knock on and Brumbies kick out into Stormers 22

  37. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:43 am
    Carr on as Kolisi goes for ding dong test……Brumbies give away again a penalty for holding on
  38. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:46 am
    Line out Stormers…..kick through for lineout Brumbies in their own half…..

    Brumbies take lineout and kick down field…..Brumbies on attack …..

    Brumbies with high tackle penalty…Brumbies goes for attacking lineout…

  39. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:51 am
    From lineout brumbies sends it to the backline……Brumbies pick and go……and then go to line and Stormers keep defence….Brumbies gets penalty and Brumbies goes for points….


    Score: Brumbies 13 Stormers 10 after 55 min

  40. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:53 am
    Stormers drop kick and Stormers knock the ball on…..Scrum Brumbies….good scrum Stormers and Grant kick down field and ball goes out with Aplon going for kick ahead but touch line beats him
  41. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:54 am
    Some scrappy play from both teams end up a scrum fro Stormers in Brumbies half
  42. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 11:57 am
    Nice attacking place for Stormers…..Stormers work their way through the phases and then give the penalty away
  43. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:01 pm
    From Lineout…..Brumbies goes to the air and the Stormers mess it up big time…..Maybe try….


  44. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:02 pm
    TRY!!!! Brumbies stupid mistake from Stormers…..Schoolboy error…

    Score: Brumbies 18 Stormers 10

  45. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:03 pm
    Brumbies put the ball out on the full and the Stormers have a change to hit back with lineout inside Brumbies 22……

    And it is called not straight…..scrum Brumbies

  46. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:05 pm
    Brumbies take lineout through…..and Brumbies still inside their own 22…..lineout Stormers second change fro the Stormers……

    Through the hands…..and again the penalty against Stormers…ref decide they are holding on

  47. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:08 pm
    Brumbies maul from lineout and penalty for Brumbies for pulling the maul down….

    Brumbies going for poles…..with 11 min to go

  48. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:10 pm
    Kick miss, Stormers goes from their line and penalty Stormers in the Brumbies half….Grant going for points….
  49. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:11 pm
    Grant miss against the upright….
  50. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:15 pm
    22 kick out fro Brumbies……Stormers starts running ……..Stormers on Brumbies 22…..Stormers went through the phases…just cannot get the ref letting the Brumbies keep on doing this ….Stormers with lineout ……..Stormers …….

    TRY!!! de Jong after the they drived and then moved it wide…..

    Score: Brumbies 18 Stormers 15

  51. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:17 pm
    Brumbies goes deep from kick off……Stormers with stupid kick ahead and Brumbies attack and lineout 5 meters out from Stormers line…Stormers to through in…..Stormers over through and Brumbies collect and goes over…..


  52. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:18 pm
    No TRY !!! scrum 5 meters out
  53. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:21 pm
    2 min to go Brumbies scrum on Stormers goal line…..

    Good Scrum from Brumbies but ref wants it to reset……

    Ref give a penalty try!!! unbelievable…….another ref decision which will be talked about…….

    Times up and Brumbies taken the game 25-15

  54. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm
    Stormers theirs won worst enemy……

    Stupid mistakes costing the Stormers big time and loose them the game……

    Another one that they should have one……

    Both teams conceded 10 penalties but Stormers all the penalties almost on attack and Brumbies all on defence…beg the question why ref did not show a yellow card for Brumbies…..

    Meters run….Stormers 365 Against the Brumbies 289
    Clean Breaks…..Stormers 5 and Brumbies 1
    Tackles ……Stormers 100 and Brumbies 92
    Handling errors …..Stormers 4 and Brumbies 10
    Miss tackles …..Stormers 9 and Brumbies 20
    Carriers …..Stormers 103 Brumbies 101

    All in all the Stormers should have won this one, but mistakes is their worst enemy

  55. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 12:40 pm
    Problems bigger for the Stormers than just the injuries…..bad lost and their season is over from here…..
  56. DavidS
    March 22, 2014 at 1:42 pm


    the rugby this weekend sure is dishing a lot of STFU Humble pie to the run at all costs mor.. I mean group…


  57. avatar
    March 22, 2014 at 2:30 pm

    What a load of shit dished up by Grant!!!
    Stormers need a 10.
    An what an utterly stupid mistake by Van Wyk.
    :Rule 9:

    En Dawie: Vandag is die dag wat jou span se luck
    gaan kak.

  58. avatar
    Mug Punters Organisation of South Africa
    March 23, 2014 at 9:32 am
    @Americano: ag my poor cheetahs…make me cry almost as bad as loosing every cent you own to your ex. Ask me about that.
  59. DavidS
    March 23, 2014 at 9:44 am



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