Stirling Mortlock became Super 14's all-time leading points scorer today after inspiring the ACT Brumbies to a 37-15 win over the Auckland Blues.
Mortlock breaks Merthens' record
Stirling Mortlock became Super 14's all-time leading points scorer today after inspiring the ACT Brumbies to a 37-15 win over the Auckland Blues. The Australian centre was instrumental in the Brumbies dismantling their New Zealand opponents, scoring a try, two conversions and a penalty, to take his tally in the competition to 994 points ? four more than former All Blacks fly-half Andrew Merthens' previous record.
It was all one-way traffic for Mortlock's side in the second half as they ran in five tries courtesy of Francis Fainifo, Patrick Phibbs, Huia Edmonds and Sitaleki Timani to claim maximum points and remain in contention for a place in the semi-finals. The Brumbies play New Zealand's Waikato Chiefs at Hamilton on Friday in the final round of the regular season, needing to win to reach the playoffs. "We give ourselves a good shot at every game we go into," Stephen Hoiles, the Brumbies captain, said after the match.
"It's a six-day turnaround, but I know the lads are excited and history shows this year that in these sorts of games, we've responded well." Auckland took a 10-6 lead into the break after fly-half Jimmy Gopperth touched down for the visitors in the opening exchanges. However, the Brumbies responded in perfect fashion, running in 26 unanswered points, before the Auckland winger Joe Rokocoko managed a late consolation try.
The defeat all but ends Auckland's hopes of a top four finish. "We did it well in the first half but in the second half we just didn't look after the ball long enough," the Blues skipper Keven Mealamu said. "We tried to keep our foot on the pedal and keep on playing but when they scored a couple of tries in quick succession it made it hard for us.