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Brumbies overpower Stormers in South Africa

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The Brumbies defeated the Stormers by 39-19 in the Super 15 play-off on Saturday.

The Stormers will feel that they were not on the right page going into the match. The South Africans had the advantage going into the game as they were at home in Newlands, but they were ultimately blown away by the power of the Brumbies in the set piece.

The Brumbies had to bounce back after a defeat by the Canterbury Crusaders last week and they responded in style. The Australian outfit will now face a difficult test against the Hurricanes in Wellington in the semi-finals.

The breakdown for the Brumbies was the main reason for their dominance. The Stormers conceded 12 turnovers and with the personnel the Brumbies have in their ranks, such as David Pocock, arguably one of the best openside flankers in world rugby , it was always going to be a difficult day at the office for the South Africans.

Stand out players for the Brumbies were winger Joe Tomane who had a hat-trick of tries while Christian Lealiifano kicked three conversions and one penalty. The forward pack of the Australian side dominated the proceedings and racked up turnovers against the struggling pack of the Stormers.

Out of line

Line-outs posed a major flaw in the Stormers attack as they were turned over on a number of occasions by the Brumbies and lost several of their own in good attacking positions.

On their own throw the Stormers lost seven line outs which is a shocking statistic especially when the stakes are so high. The Brumbies came to South Africa to play running rugby and they certainly did not disappoint.

Poor tournament

The South African teams have had a poor Super 15 competition and the result of this game poses many questions for the Springbok camp in the lead up to the World Cup in September.

This result at the hand of the Brumbies will be worrying and arguably the South African administration will have to sit down and analyse what went wrong for their teams and quickly fix them for next year's competition.

Dangerous tackle

With the South African teams now out of the competition, it leaves two New Zealand teams; the Hurricanes and the Highlanders and two Australian sides; the Brumbies and the Waratahs.

One serious negative to come out of the game against the Stormers for the Brumbies will be the red card given to star winger Henry Speight for a dangerous tackle.

The Brumbies will no doubt appeal the decision but it looks like he will miss next week's game. It was a ridiculous tackle to make and the red card could certainly have a major effect against the Hurricanes. Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham will be angered by Speight's decision, especially considering the game was out of reach of the South African side.

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