Match report: Brumbies bring Stormers back down to earth
March 9, 2007
The Brumbies bounmced back to winning ways with a convincing 26-13 victory over The Stormers in their Super 14 clash in Canberra on Friday.
The Stormers failed to capitaise on their morale-boosting win over the Hurricanes last time out as the errors returned to haunt them and snuff out their challenge.
The Brumbies grabbed the first try of the game after only ten minutes when a clearance kick from Peter Grant was charged down with lock Mark Chisholm touching the ball down for the score.
The influential Stirling Mortlock extended the home side's advantage on the quarter hour with a penalty before two successful kicks from Grant kept the Stormers in touch.
The sin-binning of the Stormers' Justin Melck allowed Mortlock to edge the Brumbies further ahead but the visitors did not concede any more points whilst a man down and went into the break 14-6 in arrears.
Mortlock's kept the scoreboard ticking over in the second period with his side's second try and the Brumbies took complete control of the game when Adam Ashley-Cooper exploiting the faltering Stormers' defence to gran their third.
The conversion from Mortlock left the Brumbies' with a comfortable lead and although they continued to press they were unable to clinch another five-pointer and with it a bonus point.
And it was on one of these raids in the dying moments of the game that Gio Aplon's timely interception enabled him to race away for a consolation score that was converted by Grant.
Brumbies (14) 26
Stormers (6) 13
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