Brumbies down Stormers as heavens open

An emotional Brumbies team following the death of team mate Shawn Mackay beat the Stormers 17-10 in Canberra with neither team managing to score more than a try a piece due to the conditions.

Before the match there was a special moment for the Brumbies former player Mackay as they held a minute of applause to celebrate the life of Mackay who’s life was cut short following a motor vehicle accident in Durban, South Africa.

Shortly after the match started the heaven’s opened up and rain started to pour down which largely prevented the match from becoming a spectacle as the ball was simply too slippery to handle for both teams.

In the first half the only points that were scored came from three penalty kicks from Mark Gerrard which took the Brumbies to a 9-0 half time lead.

Shortly after the second half started Stormers captain and Springbok star Jean de Villiers scored a fantastic individual try from his own half which was converted by Peter Grant.

The Brumbies hit back with a try from Patrick Phibbs after the Stormers had struggled to hold on to a grubber kick in the wet conditions.

The Brumbies were then able to defend their lead as rain continued to pour down from the heavens.

Before the match Saturday, the Brumbies players formed a circle on the ground to join a minute’s applause for Mackay, with some wiping tears from their eyes with their jerseys.

To honor his memory, the Brumbies players wore uniforms with Mackay’s name, the years of his life, 1982-2009, and his player number – 118 -embroidered on the chest.

The No. 18 jersey Mackay wore in his last match was retired for the rest of the year.

The players wore black armbands, and will do so for the remainder of the season. Flags around Canberra Stadium flew at half mast.

“It’s great to get the win tonight, and to get a win for Shawn,” acting Brumbies captain George Smith said.

“Because you’re around the fellas all the time, you’re reminded that we did leave someone behind.

“Our thoughts have been with the Mackay family for the past two weeks and thinking of them and thinking of Shawn as well.


“But we’re never too far from what we need to do and focusing on playing some good football.”

De Villiers said the rain and cold didn’t help his side.”The conditions weren’t great, but it was another close loss by seven points,” said de Villiers.


Final Score Brumbies 17 Stormers 10


Tries -Patrick Phibbs
Penalties -Mark Gerrard 4
Conversions –
Drop Goals –

Tries -Jean De Villiers
Penalties -Peter Grant
Conversions -Peter Grant
Drop Goals –

Match Officials
Paul Marks (Aus)
Ass. Refs: Ian Smith (Aus), Daniel Cheever (Aus)
TMO: Geoff Acton (Aus)
Assessor: Wayne Erickson (Aus)


Brumbies : 1. Ben Alexander 2. Stephen Moore 3. Guy Shepherson 4. Ben Hand 5. Peter Kimlin 6. Mitchell Chapman 7. George Smith (c) 8. Julian Salvi 9. Joshua Holmes 10. Christian Lealiifano 11. Alfi Mafi 12. Tyrone Smith 13. Stirling Mortlock 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper 15. Mark Gerrard

Reserves:16. Huia Edmonds 17. Salesi Ma’afu 18. Sitaleki Timani 19. Henry Vanderglas 20. Patrick Phibbs 21. Gene Fairbanks 22. Francis Fainifo.

Stormers : Conrad Jantjes; Wylie Human, Gcobani Bobo, Jean De Villiers (capt), Sireli Naqelevuki; Peter Grant, Ricky Januarie; Luke Watson, Duane Vermeulen, Schalk Burger, AJ Venter, Adriaan Fondse, Brian Mujati, Schalk Brits, JD Moller.

Replacements – Tiaan Liebenberg, Wicus Blaauw/Schalk Ferreira, Hilton Lobberts, Francois Louw, Dewaldt Duvenage, Willem De Waal, Dylan Des Fountain.

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