ACT Brumbies winger Robbie Coleman scored two tries, one after the Stormers had failed to control a speculative kick, to record a 25-15 victory over the South African side in their Super Rugby clash in Canberra yesterday.
The victory moved the Brumbies to the top of the Australian conference on 17 points, one ahead of the New South Wales Waratahs, who beat the Melbourne Rebels 32-8 on Friday.
Coleman scored one well-worked try in the first half, then chased a kick by captain Ben Mowen that the Stormers’ defenders had left hoping it would either go out or over the goal line, but the left winger pounced on the ball before that happened for a lucky try.
The Brumbies’ pack then scored a penalty try from an attacking scrum in the final minute to seal the victory.
Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White, who missed three shots at goal in the second half, slotted two conversions and two penalties.
Stormers number eight Duane Vermeulen crashed over for a first-half try, before replacement Juan de Jongh grabbed another with five minutes remaining. Flyhalf Peter Grant added a conversion and penalty.
FORCE UPSET CHIEFS
Two tries from captain Matt Hodgson laid the platform for the Western Force as they upset defending champions the Waikato Chiefs 18-15 in Perth yesterday to end their 100 percent Super Rugby record this season.
Hodgson scored his first after 13 minutes as the Force stormed over the Chiefs’ defense from a lineout and again six minutes into the second half with a pick-up from close range.
The Chiefs, who had won their three previous games this season, were unable to convert late pressure into a score and had to rely on the boots of Aaron Cruden and Gareth Ainscombe for their points, all of which came from penalties.
Sias Ebersohn kicked two penalties and a conversion as Western Force won their third successive game.