The DHL Stormers became the first team to beat the defending champs at home this season, securing a second tour win from 3 starts, by beating the Reds 23-13 in Brisbane today.
Without the services of the injured Schalk Burger, Jean De Villiers and Andries Bekker the team had the Reds reeling in the first half already after tries to Aplon and Grant. The Reds came back hard in the second period, but the Stormers dug deep denying the Reds a bonus point and securing 4 valuable tour points.
Talking after the match Bryan Habana who played in jersey 13 gave credit to the coaching staff and players” We were hit hard by injuries last week and each player had to be a leader out there and put up their hands. The guys worked hard for a tough win. Credit to the coaching staff for being spot on in the preparation this week.”
Next up it’s the Force in Perth in the DHL Stormers last tour match. The Stormers have now won 2 from 3 on tour and secured a bonus point, for a haul of 9 tour points. After 8 games the DHL Stormers have won 7, losing narrowly to the Crusaders in their 2nd tour game and have 33 log points.
Reds – Try: James Horwill. Conversion: Mike Harris. Penalties: Ben Lucas, Harris.
DHL Stormers – Tries: Gio Aplon, Peter Grant. Conversions: Peter Grant (2). Penalties: Grant (3).