A strong defence effort in the second half by the Brumbies saw them thwart a Stormers come back, as the Australian team ran out 19-17 winners in a Super Rugby game at Newlands on Saturday.

The Brumbies scored 3 tries through Pete Samu, Rory Arnold and Tom Banks. The Stormers were awarded a penalty try, while Wilco Louw also crossed the line.

Having raced into an early lead, the Stormers fought back hard to get a result; and Brumbies Coach Dan McKellar says his team put in a brave performance to hold out for the win after taking the limited chances they had.

Brumbies captain Christian Lealifano says the team’s defensive effort was very special and says  he is very proud of his team.

Stormers Coach Robbie Fleck says they did well to come back into the game after going 12-0 down, but they were just unable to get the win in the end.

The Stormers had opportunities to kick for poles a few times, choosing to do so early on,  and not later. But Fleck says he backs all the on-field decisions made by the players. By Rob Delport