Super Rugby: Three-try Stormers beat 14-man Brumbies in Cape Town
Last Updated: 21/03/16 4:12pm
The Stormers scored two tries during the final five minutes at Newlands to beat an ill-disciplined ACT Brumbies 31-11.
Possibly the decisive moment of the match was the controversial try scored by Dillyn Leyds, which swung the momentum in favour of the Stormers when the hosts were leading by just eight points.
Leyds dived over in the corner but appeared to lose control of the ball and came up disappointed, spurning the celebrations of his teammates.
But Television Match Official Marius Jonker ruled that at no point had there been separation between his arm and the ball, and awarded five points, much to the disbelief of the Brumbies.
And in the final minute, Vincent Koch touched down for a third Stormers' try which made the scoreline a little unfair on the Brumbies.
Winger Henry Speight went over for ACT's only try of the game on 28 which left his side trailing 9-5 at the break, following three penalties by Kurt Coleman.
Flanker Siya Kolisi responded by notching the Stormers' opening try in the 54th minute when he barged over from close range following a sustained spell of pressure.
The visitors lost hooker Josh Mann-Rea who was red-carded just after the hour mark for punching Oli Kebble - and only two minutes after coming on the field as a replacement.
The Brumbies had been trailing by five points when Mann-Rea was sent off but, after Coleman successfully kicked the resultant penalty, it was all downhill for the side from Canberra.
With the Brumbies down to 14, Leyds and Koch consigned the visitors to their first defeat of the season with those brace of late tries, while Coleman ended the Cape Town match with 14 points.
Brumbies captain Stephen Moore said: "It was a disappointing finish to the game because we were right in it up until the red card. Our discipline wasn't good throughout the game."
The result lifted the Stormers to second spot in the South African group, one point behind the Sharks.