VIDEO: Brumbies 'hurt' by critical moments

Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:12

SUPER RUGBY REACTION: Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar revealed that mistakes at critical moments cost them the match against the Highlanders

The Brumbies were outscored six tries to two and had to settle for a 17-43 defeat in Dunedin.

The Canberra side trailed 10-15 after a very tight 60 minutes. However second-half lapses swung momentum in the Highlanders' favour.

The New Zealanders - with 14-man on the field after Lima Sopoaga was given a yellow card - scored three tries in 10 minutes, including an intercept try by Waisake Naholo.

"There are a number of things that went wrong during the game," Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar told reporters after the match.

"Our line-out execution let us down at critical moments within the game.

"At 15-10, we were attacking really nicely and we go the long pass and [Waisake] Naholo grabs an intercept and goes the length of the field,” he said, adding: "It changes the game and [then there was] another turnover try that Ben Smith scored.

"That's what hurt us."

"Think what my players learned is that room for error in those key moments is small when you play in [New Zealand],"

The defeat means that they are now six points behind second-placed Rebels in the Australian conference.

Brumbies' next Super Rugby fixture is against the Jaguares at the GIO Stadium on Sunday, April 22.  

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Hurricanes v Sunwolves 07h35 Wellington
Stormers v Rebels 13h00 Newlands
Leicester Tigers v Newcastle Falcons 18h45 Welford Road
Sat, 28 April 2018
Reds v Lions 05h05 Suncorp Stadium
Blues v Jaguares 07h35 Eden Park
Brumbies v Crusaders 09h45 Canberra
Kings v Cheetahs 13h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Exeter Chiefs v Sale Sharks 14h00 Sandy Park
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Sun, 29 April 2018
London Irish v Saracens 14h00 Madejski Stadium
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Sun, 22 April 2018
Racing Metro v Munster 27 | 22
Brumbies v Jaguares 20 | 25
Sat, 21 April 2018
Ulster v Glasgow Warriors 36 | 15
Zebre v Ospreys 37 | 14
Sharks v Stormers 24 | 17
Leinster v Scarlets 38 | 16
Bulls v Rebels 28 | 10
Reds v Chiefs 12 | 36
Crusaders v Sunwolves 33 | 11
Fri, 20 April 2018
Waratahs v Lions 0 | 29
Blues v Highlanders 16 | 34
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Saracens v Bath 41 | 6
London Irish v Exeter Chiefs 5 | 45
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Leinster v Treviso 15 | 17
Kings v Cardiff Blues 12 | 45
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Waratahs 8 5 1 2 24
Rebels 87 4 0 4 21
Brumbies 8 3 0 5 15
Reds 8 3 0 5 13
Sunwolves 8 0 0 8 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 8 6 0 2 29
Hurricanes 7 6 0 1 27
Chiefs 8 6 0 2 26
Highlanders 7 5 0 2 24
Blues 8 2 0 6 12
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 9 6 0 3 30
Bulls 8 4 0 4 19
Sharks 9 3 1 5 18
Jaguares 9 4 0 5 16
Stormers 9 3 0 6 14