Super Rugby
Brumbies book Super semi-spot
June 20, 2015
Date/Time: Jun 20, 2015, 17:05 local, 15:05 GMT
Venue: Newlands Stadium, Cape Town
Stormers 19 - 39 Brumbies
Half-time: 6 - 24
Tries: Kolbe
Cons: Catrakilis
Pens: Catrakilis 4
Tries: Mogg, Sio, Tomane 3, Vaea
Cons: Leali'ifano 3
Pens: Leali'ifano
Joe Tomane of the Brumbies smiles as he runs in his third try of the match, Stormers v Brumbies, Play-off final, Super Rugby, Newlands Stadium, Cape Town, June 20, 2015
A Joe Tomane hat-trick has seen the Brumbies secure their semi-final spot
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The Brumbies have defeated the Stormers 39-19 in Cape Town to book a Super Rugby semi-final against the Hurricanes next weekend, but the victory was soured by a red card to winger Henry Speight for a dangerous tackle. Speight is in doubt for the clash in Wellington on Saturday after appearing to tip Stormers centre Juan de Jongh onto his head with around six minutes remaining in the match.

The Brumbies coach was delighted with his side's performance against the Stormers, who lacked punch without key forwards Duane Vermeulen and Schalk Burger, who failed a late fitness test.

"I'm very happy with that. Like I said before the game, we had a really short prep for this one, we had one day of training, there was no contact through the week for the boys, but tonight there was plenty of contact," Larkham said.

Stormers 39-19 Brumbies (video available in Australia only)

The Brumbies will head to Wellington for the clash on Saturday with the table-topping Hurricanes full of confidence, but whether Wallabies flyer Speight plays is to be scrutinised by the SANZAR judiciary. Speight was charged with a dangerous tackle on a player without the ball when he appeared to flip Stormers centre Juan de Jongh onto his head in the 74th minute.

The matter will be considered in the first instance by SANZAR judicial officer Nigel Hampton who assesses the matter before considering the option of expediting the judicial process. For a matter to be dispensed with at the first hearing, Speight must plead guilty and accept the penalty offered by Hampton.

Brumbies captain Stephen Moore was thrilled with the performance, particularly from the forwards with flanker David Pocock a standout, and nothing would change in their approach in Wellington.

"We know we've got to keep playing our game, we've got to keep attacking," Moore said. "We are going to have to score points and we'll try and do that."

The Brumbies went down to 13 men with five minutes remaining when Scott Fardy was sin-binned for a professional foul, but the visitors still managed to score a try as fullback Jesse Mogg crashed over one minute from fulltime.

Tomane set the game up with his three tries, his first coming on four minutes after he pounced on a grubber kick from half-back Nic White. He had a double soon after when he finished off a quick shift to the left before scoring his third on 25 minutes when he bumped off winger Dillyn Leyds to scoot 35 metres.

The visitors led 24-6 at half-time after prop Scott Sio scored a crucial try just before the break. The Stormers fought back early in the second half with speedy fullback Cheslin Kolbe intercepting a Matt Toomua pass to run over 60 metres to score a converted try to make it 24-13.

The home side edged three points closer minutes later when sharp-shooting No.10 Demetri Catrakilis who slotted his third penalty goal of the match to make it 24-16. Christian Lealiifano steadied things for the Brumbies after the early Stormers' onslaught with a penalty goal to make it 27-16.

Catrakilis nailed his fourth penalty on 61 minutes and it was 27-19 before No.8 Ita Vaea forced his way over from close range to score a converted try for the Brumbies.

Next weekend's semi-finals will feature two battles between Australian and New Zealand sides as the defending champion NSW Waratahs host the Highlanders who beat the Chiefs 24-14 in Dunedin on Saturday.

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