Stormers break Canberra duck

28th May 2011, 21:08

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Andries Bekker offloads

Andries Bekker offloads

The Stormers took a step closer to the Super Rugby play-offs on Saturday with an untidy 16-3 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

The Stormers took a step closer to the Super Rugby play-offs on Saturday with an untidy 16-3 win over the Brumbies in Canberra.

The team from Cape Town finally ended their long losing streak in the Australian capital but they won't be in hurry to write home about the manner in which their victory was achieved.

In a rather forgettable game of rugby, handling errors were the order of the day in bitterly cold conditions.

But the Stormers will gladly take the four points on offer which assure them of top spot in the South African conference for another week.

Both teams were deprived of their first-choice fly-halves as Peter Grant and Matt Giteau were late withdrawals due to injury, and it showed as neither side was fluid on attack, producing just one try between them - Francois Louw's effort in the 44th minute.

The Stormers have build their campaign on a formidable defence and their impenetrable line was once again the highlight of a dogged performance.

An error-strewn first half ended with the Stormers leading 6-3 as Christian Lealiifano and Kurt Coleman traded penalties.

The Stormers moved further ahead soon after the restart when Louw stayed low and drove his way over from short range. The visitors pack again showed that their rolling maul is near unstoppable when it gets going from an attacking line-out. They drove to the line, and two phases later Louw was over.

The Brumbies never seriously threaten to break through the Stormers iron curtain and Gio Aplon was about seal victory for the Stormers with a late penalty.

The Stormers now travel to Melbourne to face the Rebels while Brumbies have a derby with the Reds in Brisbane.

The scorers:

For Brumbies:
Pen: Lealiifano

For Stormers:
Try: Louw
Cons: Coleman
Pens: Coleman 2, Aplon

Brumbies: 15 Pat McCabe, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Tyrone Smith, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10 Matt Toomua (c), 9 Josh Valentine, 8 Ita Vaea, 7 Julian Salvi, 6 Mitchell Chapman, 5 Mark Chisholm, 4 Ben Hand, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Jono Owen.
Replacements: 16 Anthony Hegarty, 17 Jerry Yanuyanutawa, 18 Peter Kimlin, 19 Michael Hooper, 20 Patrick Phibbs, 21 Robbie Coleman, 22 Andrew Smith.

Stormers: 15 Conrad Jantjes, 14 Gio Aplon, 13 Jaque Fourie, 12 Juan de Jongh, 11 Bryan Habana, 10 Kurt Coleman, 9 Dewaldt Duvenage, 8 Nick Koster, 7 Francois Louw, 6 Schalk Burger (c), 5 Andries Bekker, 4 Rynhardt Elstadt, 3 Brok Harris, 2 Deon Fourie, 1 Wicus Blaauw.
Replacements: 16 Tiaan Liebenberg, 17 Steven Kitshoff, 18 Anton Van Zyl, 19 Duane Vermeulen, 20 Ricky Januarie, 21 Jean de Villiers, 22 Johann Sadie.

Referee: Marius Jonker (South Africa)