Next LIVE rugby on TV
to be announced
Wed, 31 Jul 2013 14:30:05 +0000
  • Switch Edition
ESPN SCRUM / Super Rugby 2014 / Match Pack
Super Rugby
Coleman shines in Brumbies win
March 22, 2014
Report Match details
Date/Time: Mar 22, 2014, 19:40 local, 08:40 GMT
Venue: Canberra Stadium
Brumbies 25 - 15 Stormers
Half-time: 13 - 10
Tries: Coleman 2, Penalty
Cons: White 2
Pens: White 2
Tries: de Jongh, Vermeulen
Cons: Grant
Pens: Grant
Brumbies Jack Whetton (r) and Ben Mowen (l) celebrate their win, Brumbies v Stormers, Super Rugby, Canberra Stadium, Canberra, March 22, 2014
Jack Whetton (r) was all smiles after the Brumbies' victory
© Getty Images

Robbie Coleman's successful pursuit of a seemingly impossible cause earned the Brumbies a 25-15 win over the Stormers and took them back to the top of Super Rugby Australian conference.

Winger Coleman scored two of the Brumbies three tries at GIO Stadium on Saturday, but it was his second five-pointer in the 62nd minute that brought the crowd of 11,527 to full voice.

With the Brumbies clinging to a 13-10 lead, Coleman contested a high kick and then chased through after the ball was toed ahead by captain and No.8 Ben Mowen. Stormers winger Jacobus van Wyk appeared to have the kick covered and waited for it to go out, but Coleman kept running and somehow twisted his body and grounded the ball millimetres from the corner post for an improbable but precious five-pointer.

Scrum-half Nic White, who landed all three of his first-half kicks, missed the conversion and two subsequent penalties, but the Brumbies hung on despite Stormers substitute back Juan De Jongh crashing over for a 75th minute try to cut the deficit to three points.

Experienced fly-half Peter Grant missed what appeared a relatively simple conversion three minutes after hitting a post with a penalty attempt.

In a frantic final three minutes, Coleman was denied a hat-trick when the ball rolled out of play with him leading the chase and then centre Pat McCabe was held up. A penalty try from a scrum on the bell sealed the points for the Brumbies.

The Brumbies fought off a determined Stormers outfit in Canberra (video available in Australia only)

The Stormers were quicker to settle and Grant posted first points from a seventh-minute penalty after missing his first attempt three minutes earlier.

The Brumbies were barely sighted in attack until the ninth minute when fly-half Matt Toomua ghosted his way through the defensive line and set up Coleman for his first try. White's conversion put the Brumbies up 7-3, but the home team struggled to put together multi-phase moves, missed more tackles than they would like and gave away a number of breakdown penalties.

From one of the penalties, powerful Springboks No.8 Duane Vermeulen powered his way across from close range after a drive from the Stormers pack following a lineout. Grant's conversion gave the Stormers a 10-7 advantage before the Brumbies responded with two penalties before the break.

The win took the Brumbies above the NSW Waratahs at the top of the Australian conference, while the Cape Town-based Stormers are only above the Central Cheetahs in the South African conference after their third defeat on their Australasian tour.

"It's really tough to play the Stormers and it's a really nice result on the back of some good form over the last couple of weeks," Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen said. "We knew they were going to play for their season after eyeing off at least two victories on their tour and they zeroed in on us."

Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said his team paid for a lack of composure near the end of the match.

"Not just the kickers but I thought the whole team made too many mistakes towards the end and I thought we lost our composure," de Villiers said. "It doesn't get any easier and we play the Queensland Reds next week and we need to change a bit and learn from our mistakes."


Live Sports

Communication error please reload the page.

  • Rugby

    Louw sidelined for rest of Rugby Championship

    South Africa will be without Francois Louw for the rest of the Rugby Championship due to a pinched nerve in his neck

  • Football

    Manchester United can't afford our stars, says Guardiola

    Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola says Manchester United cannot afford his players, despite counterpart Louis van Gaal having spent over £150 million on new personnel this summer

  • Football

    Ribery out of City clash with Robben a doubt

    Manchester City have been handed a huge boost after Bayern Munich manager Pep Guardiola announced Franck Ribery will not feature when the two sides meet in their Champions League opener on Wednesday, although Arjen Robben has been passed fit to play

  • Football

    Mourinho wants to be the Unique One

    Jose Mourinho is aiming for the "unique" achievement of winning the Champions League with three different clubs, and feels Chelsea are better equipped to claim the trophy this campaign due to the benefits of a second season's work

  • Formula 1

    Rosberg-Hamilton relationship changed quickly - Wolff

    Toto Wolff says the relationship between childhood friends Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton went from amicable to "very intense" as soon as the pair realised they would be world title rivals this season

Sponsored Links
Make $170 in 60 seconds!
Google Vs Facebook, 60 sec. knock out! Choose a champion, Become a Winner!
Make $25 in 1 Minute!
Start trading with the biggest broker! Register now to receive $25 for FREE!