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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)


  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. From lineout….Brumbies drive….through the line and Brumbies cut Stormers defence and …….TRY!!!!! Brumbies Brilliant try…

    Score: Brumbies 7 Stormers 3

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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…..

  7. 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…

  8. 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

  9. Stormers gather kick off and kick down field for lineout …..free kick to Brumbies and they start running..

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

  10. 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

  11. 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

  12. 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!

  13. 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

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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…

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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

  22. 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

  23. 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…..


  24. 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

  25. 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

  26. Hmmm


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


  27. @DavidS:

    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.

  28. @Americano: ag my poor cheetahs…make me cry almost as bad as loosing every cent you own to your ex. Ask me about that.

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