Thanks for tuning into the blog from wherever in the world you are. Mooseheads is about to close the doors in Canberra and there will be a few Brumbies fans slinking in to bed as the sun rises. They'll wake with sore heads from the vodkas and shots as well as knowing their team struggled in their last game of the South African tour.
It wasn't a disastrous tour by any means. The Brumbies thrashed the Durban Sharks last week. But there's plenty of room for improvement.
Stay with us next week as we bring you all the live action from Canberra Stadium from the vital clash between the Brumbies and the Pretoria Bulls.
For now, this is Blocka Dutton signing off in Cape Town. Afternoon flight tomorrow and then it's back to the Berra. Hopefully some warm weather greets me.
Good night/Good morning!
FULL-TIME: That's it from Newlands, the Stormers win 35-22 over the Brumbies in a brutal contest. The Brumbies made far too many errors for a team at the top of the competition. They couldn't get any momentum and they'll limp back to Canberra after missing out on a win and a bonus point. It's by no means panic stations. The Stormers have been the strongest South African team in recent seasons and they'll be a contender again this year. But there's plenty of work for the Brumbies to do as they return to Canberra to take on the Pretoria Bulls.
Robbie Coleman couldn't get in the game from fullback. The backs struggled to get clean ball as the Stormers' physicality gave the Brumbies a reality check after previously being unbeaten.
The Stormers scored four tries to the Brumbies' one. Somehow the Brumbies were still in the contest with 10 minutes remaining, trailing by just three points thanks to Christian Lealiifano's boot.
But an error and wayward pass allowed the Stormers to streak away and score an intercept try to seal a 13-point win at their intimidating home venue.
CAPE TOWN STORMERS 35 (Andries Bekker 2, Gio Aplon, Gerhard van den Heever tries, Joe Pietersen 3 penalties,3 conversions) bt ACT BRUMBIES 22 (Henry Speight try; Christian Lealiifano 5 penalties, conversion) at Newlands on Sunday morning. Referee: Glen Jackson. Crowd: 35,073
75: TRY STORMERS. That's the ball game. Peter Kimlin throws an intercept pass and winger Gerhard van den Heever races away to score the Stormers' fourth try with five to go. Pietersen converts and that puts them out to a comfortable lead in the dying stages. Again, it was a Brumbies error which cost them dearly. Stormers 35-22.
72: PENALTY GOAL STORMERS. The Brumbies don't release the player at the ruck and it's an easy three points for Pietersen in front of the sticks. The margin is back out to six points. Brumbies need to stay composed in these dying stages. Stormers 28-22.
69: PENALTY GOAL BRUMBIES. Now the gap is down to three as Lealiifano slots another goal from long range. The whistle could decide this one. Somehow the Brumbies are hanging in there. The Stormers have been the dominant side by far. But it's game on going into the last 10 minutes. Stormers 25-22.Back to top
66: PENALTY STORMERS. Not sure what that was for, but it looked like Robbie Coleman went in and pushed some Stormers players over the sideline and a bit of biff broke out. Hardly seemed penalty worthy. Regardless, it was. But Pietersen misses.
62: PENALTY GOAL BRUMBIES. This contest is getting brutal, especially at the breakdown. This time the Brumbies win a shot at goal within kicking distance and Lealiifano trims the margin again. Stormers lead 25-19.
56: PENALTY GOAL STORMERS. The Stormers brutal defence turns the game this time. They catch Robbie Coleman in the back field and drive him backwards almost 20 metres before winning a penalty at the breakdown. Pieterson slots it. Stormers 25-16
55: A huge hit from Matt Toomua on his opposite number, Elton Jantjies. Toomua was chasing through his own kick and Jantjies decided to take him on. Wrong move, Toomua drilled him into the ground and won a penalty for his team.
By the way, no one warned me how cold it would be tonight. We're on the top level here at Newlands and the wind is whipping around. I didn't bring a jumper and it's almost colder than Canberra Stadium in June-July.Back to top
49: PENALTY Brumbies, Lealiifano lines up the shot from almost on the sideline and about 37 metres out. He nails it. Great shot and the score is now Stormers 22-16
49: Oh boy! Fotu Auelua just steamrolled Gio Aplon. It's hardly a fair match up. Fotu is about 120 kilograms and Aplon would be lucky to push 50 kegs. The stretcher is coming out, he hasn't moved since hitting the deck. Joe Tomane showed immediate concern for the speedy Stormers winger.
47: I think we're back online with the blog. Early in the second half Christian Lealiifano slotted a penalty to close the margin to nine points. Stormers lead 22-13.
HALF-TIME: One non-game related highlight was the clash between the Fanta pants - Peter Kimlin and Steven Kitshoff. The big red heads went head to head in a tackle close to the line, Kimlin just pulling the Stormers prop down before he got across for a try.
HALF-TIME: That's the end of the first 40 minutes and the rampaging Stormers are leading by 12 points, 22-10. Brumbies haven't been able to find a comfortable groove at this intimidating ground. They've thrown woeful passes, turned over far too much possession and missed tackles they'd normally make in their sleep. Tipping a rocket from Jake White at half-time will have them fired up for the second half.Back to top
37: TRY STORMERS! That was some woeful play from the Brumbies, they're not composed tonight. They turned the ball over in the middle of the field and the Stormers showed great patience to wait for the gap. It came when flyhalf Elton Jantjies sliced through close to the line and offloaded to Bekker for his second try. Pietersen converts. Stormers 22-10.
34: Game settling down a bit now. The Brumbies need to keep the crowd out of the contest. When the Stormers make a half break, the roar is deafening.
28: TRY BRUMBIES! And see what happens when they get some ball and hold on to it... Tevita Kuridrani puts a flying Henry Speight through a gap and the Fijian races away to score the Brumbies' first try. Game on. That was the first time the Brumbies had held the ball for multiple phases in their attacking zone. Lealiifano converts. Stormers 15-10.
26: The Brumbies look tired tonight, their defence hasn't missed this many tackles all season let alone in one game. The Stormers are carving them up!
The Stormers are shutting down the Brumbies hopes of going wide and they're engaging Jake White's team in a kicking contest. It's working with the Brumbies failing to get any momentum or build pressure.Back to top