Exuberant Stormers take down Brumbies

2013-03-24 10:00

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Stormers flyhalf Elton Jantjies silenced his critics by producing one of his best performances in a Stormers jersey thus far this season.

The Bok flyhalf helped his side to bring the high-flying Brumbies’ unbeaten run to an end last night.

The Cape franchise has now won two of their four matches this season and will now face the seven-time Super Rugby champions, the Crusaders, here next week.

The Brumbies have to fly back to Australia with their tails between the legs to face the Bulls in Canberra.

A moment of individual brilliance by Stormers’ pocket rocket Gio Aplon opened the homeside’s scoring with a fantastic try which set the tone for the rest of the match.

Brumbies coach Jake White spoke in the week leading up to the match of how confident his side was about winning in Cape Town.

He also spoke of the importance of dominating the contact points and getting a good start because historically, the Stormers are not known to be good chasers of the game.

White’s charges got off to a flyer in their victory over the Sharks last week. But this week, it did not happen.

Stormers’ coach Allister Coetzee – who was White’s assistant Bok coach for four years from 2004 to 2007 – did his homework.

The Cape franchise’s clever tactical approach and quick defence starved the Brumbies of possession which stifled the level of continuity the men from Canberra enjoyed in their first four matches of the season.

The Brumbies, with four wins out of five matches, are still the Super Rugby pace-setters with 23 points.

With their bonus point win, the Stormers now move up to third position on the South African Conference with 14 points.

Captain Jean de Villiers’ men dominated the physical exchanges.

It was only at the breakdown where the Brumbies gained a bit of ascendency with veteran scavenger George Smith leading the charge.

This is one aspect of the match where Coetzee’s men will have to show considerable improvement if they want to beat the mighty Crusaders next week.

»?Meanwhile, Khanyiso Tshwaku reports that the Sharks posted their biggest victory in their Super Rugby history with a 64-7 demolition of the Rebels.

The match was played yesterday at the Kings Park Stadium in Durban.

The Sharks will have two weeks to savour their win before the Crusaders come knocking.

The Rebels did not do their name justice. And should they face the Southern Kings in this kind of form, the Eastern Cape side could well have a chance of registering their first away win.

The Rebels and Kings take to the field on April 13 in Melbourne, Australia.

»?Other Super Rugby results yesterday: Force 10, Cheetahs 19; Reds 23, Bulls 18; Crusaders 55, Southern Kings 20.

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