Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Stirling Mortlock became the highest points scorer in Super rugby history when he overtook Andrew Mehrtens record on Saturday as his Brumbies side beat the Blues 37-15 in Canberra.
Mortlock scored a try and kicked seven points as his side overcame a lacklustre start to then pick up a bonus point win after scoring five second half tries.
The Blues made the most of their first half chances, but it was the home side that kept their semi final hopes alive as they moved into the top four, with next weekends match against the Chiefs in Hamilton being crucial to their title ambitions.
Mortlock now sits on 994 total points, four ahead of All Black legend Mehrtens, a feat that please the Wallaby stalwart, but he took most satisfaction from the teams second half performance.
It's pleasing, but I was asked about it earlier in the week and I said that I'd take the win first and foremost and it was excellent that we grabbed the bonus point and got a good win, he said.
He was unfortunately taken from the field though after this crunching hit on All Blacks and Blues prop Tony Woodcock. Both players felt the affect of it, but it was actually Woodcock who stayed on the field, despite being on the receiving end.