Stormers see off Brumbies challenge
A KICKING master class by Demetri Catrakilis and a conversion miss at the death from Christian Leali'ifano has seen the ACT Brumbies fall 25-24 to the Stormers at Newlands Stadium.
Catrakilis (pictured) kicked five penalties, a dropped goal and a conversion for a personal tally of 20 points.
A late try to David Pocock gave the Brumbies a sniff but Leali'ifano's conversion attempt hitting the post ended any thoughts of a rare victory in Cape Town.
The Stormers amassed a whopping 19 penalties to the Brumbies five which proved too much to overcome.
The majority of the penalties were awarded at scrum time, the Stormers' tight-five enjoying plenty of momentum throughout the match.
"It seemed like every time there was a scrum it resulted in a penalty. You can't win a game with 19 penalties against you," Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said.
"Some of them the Stormers were maybe a little lucky, but the majority were silly mistakes."
Meanwhile, the Western Force recorded its second upset over the Waratahs this season with an 18-11 victory at nib Stadium.
Results: Crusaders 58 (N Nadolo 2, A Ellis, C Slade, S Whitelock, M Todd, J Macilai-Tori, D Bird tries) Reds 17 (S Kerevi, C Feauai-Sautia tries) at Christchurch Stadium; Rebels 42 (C Faingaa, T Smith, S Higginbotham, D Shipperley, J Debreczeni tries) Blues 22 (M Nanai, J Gibson-Park, G Moala tries) at AAMI Park; Hurricanes 32 (C Jane, C Smith, R Goodes, J Thrush tries) Sharks 24 (B du Plessis, S Sithole, O Ndungane tries) at Westpac Stadium; Force 18 (R Louwrens, M Hodgson tries) Waratahs 11 (T Naiyaravoro try) at nib Stadium; Lions 28 (C Skosan, J Kriel, H Vorster tries) Highlanders 23 (G Evans, M Fekitoa tries) at Ellis Park; Stormers 25 (S Burger try) Brumbies 24 (J Tomane, D Pocock tries) at Newlands Stadium.