Winger Robbie Coleman scored a try in each half before a late penalty try clinched the ACT Brumbies’ 25-15 win over the Cape Town-based Stormers in Super Rugby.
Coleman’s try in the eighth minute helped the Brumbies to a 13-10 lead at halftime Saturday and his second in the 62nd minute, almost miraculously achieved from a cross-kick by captain Ben Mowen, boosted them to their fourth win from five games.
Juan de Jongh scored a late try for the Stormers, cutting the Brumbies’ lead to 18-15 but prolific flyhalf Peter Grant missed the conversion and an earlier penalty before a penalty try from the scrum hoisted the Brumbies to a flattering 10-point margin.
The match between two teams with highly-structured playing styles and strong defences was predictably physical and close fought but not without high points.
Coleman scored his opening try after a brilliant line break from flyhalf Matt Toomua and his second when backrower Mowen put in an opportunist kick which the winger controlled under intense pressure in the left corner.
Duane Vermuelen scored a first half try for the Stormers who stuck with the Brumbies through the first 40 minutes and trailed by only three points at halftime.
Coleman’s try gave the Brumbies the breathing space of an eight point lead and they defended that until the 75th minute when an urgent Stormers side contrived a try through de Jongh which brought them back into the match. But Grant had missed a penalty attempt which would have drawn the Cape Town-based side more closely into the match and his missed conversion prevented them closing the gap further.
The Brumbies recovered to attack the Stormers’ line in the dying minutes and they earned a penalty try from a collapsed scrum in the final minute.
‘‘It was a really important win,’’ Mowen said. ‘‘It’s really tough to play the Stormers.
‘‘We went over to Cape Town last year and got our backsides handed to us over there. So this was a really nice result on the back of some good form over the last couple of weeks.’’
The win took the Brumbies back to the top of the Australian conference while the Stormers remained without a win in three matches on their tour to Australia and New Zealand.
‘‘I think credit must go to the Brumbies and the way they stuck to their guns,’’ Stormers captain Jean de Villiers said. ‘‘Eventually they beat us by 10. We were so close but just didn’t show composure at the end.’’
ACT Brumbies 25 (Robbie Coleman 2 tries, penalty try; Nic White 2 conversions, 2 penalties) Stormers 15 (Duane Vermuelen, Juan de Jongh tries; Peter Grant conversion, penalty). HT: 13-10.
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