Stormers win tense battle
Cape Town - The Stormers held on to beat the Brumbies 25-24 in a tense Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday.
As it happened: Stormers secure tense win
Brumbies flyhalf Christian Leali'ifano missed a simple conversion from in front of the posts to gift the Stormers a tense victory.
After flank David Pocock had cantered in to score a try that brought the Brumbies to within a point of their hosts with 10 minutes remaining, it seemed a formality the usually reliable Leali'ifano would put his side in front.
Instead he struck the outside of the post, a costly miss after which the Stormers held on for the win that moves them level with the Bulls on 34 points at the top of the South African conference, though they have played a game more.
The home side also had flyhalf Demetri Catrakilis to thank as he kicked five penalties, a conversion and a long-range drop-goal for a personal tally of 20 points.
After falling 16-3 behind on the half-hour mark, the Stormers put in a much-improved second-half display as their incessant pressure forced the visitors into penalty errors.
Catrakilis made them pay and coupled with a Schalk Burger try on the hour-mark, was able to sneak his side over the line.
The Brumbies' opening try came from wing Joe Tomane, while Leali'ifano booted three penalties and converted the former's score, his only miss of the night coming from his easiest kick.
Fullback Jesse Mogg also landed a long-range penalty in the first half.
Tries: Schalk Burger
Conversions: Demetri Catrakilis
Penalties: Demetri Catrakilis x 5
Drop goal: Demetri Catrakilis
Tries: Joseph Tomane, David Pocock
Conversions: Christian Lealiifano
Penalties: Christian Lealiifano x 4