Stormers Defeat Brumbies

The Stormers were comfortable 31-11 winners against the Brumbies at Newlands on Saturday in a great Super Rugby encounter.  The hosts were in the driving seat from the onset as they led 6-0 at the 15-minute mark thanks to well slotted penalties from Kurt Coleman.  The encounter was slow as both sides found it hard to play to their strengths.

In the 34th minute, the visitors cored a try through Henry Speight.  With the deficit cut to just one point, after a failed conversion, Stephen Larkham’s lads regained their rhythm and pushed forward a lot.  In the 37th minute, Coleman slotted his third penalty of the night to give his side a 9-5 lead at the break.

Soon after the restart, the Canberra outfit cut the deficit once again.  This time in the 46th minute through the foot of Christian Lealiifano.  Robbie Fleck’s side increased its lead in the 55th minute through a beautiful Siya Kolisi try.  Shortly after the try, the deficit was reduced yet again in the 59th minute through yet another Lealiifano three-pointer.

The Capetonians led 16-11 at the hour mark.  In the 69th minute, the away side disturbed the score sheet once again with a well taken Aidan Toua spot kick.  In the latter stages of the match, the Cape franchise looked well on its way and even found a try in the 77th minute to prove it.  Dillyn Leyds crossed over the line but JP Du Plessis failed to convert.  The fat lady had not yet sung, and Fleck’s charges once again dotted over the line in the 80th minute, this time Vincent Koch provided the final touch.

The home side won 31-11 to redeem themselves after last weekend’s home defeat to the Sharks.

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