Mowen: Key moments cost us

Sat, 03 Aug 2013 19:28
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Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said it came down to a couple of key moments in the Super Rugby Final.

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen said it came down to a couple of key moments in the Super Rugby Final.

The Chiefs, coming from 10 points (12-22) down, scored 15 unanswered points in a six-minute blitz to retain their Super Rugby crown with a 27-22 victory in Hamilton on Saturday.

Mowen said the outcome hinged on things like kicks that didn't find their targets and high kicks that were dropped - which released the pressure that had been building.

"You have to be able to take those releases of pressure and turn them into points, which was the Chiefs did in the Final," Mowen said.

"There was a time when Matt Toomua was crunched by [Aaron] Cruden in a very good tackle and the next thing you know you are defending pick-'n-go under your posts, because they are good enough to turn that into points."

The Brumbies skipper said they will take a lot from their effort on Saturday and their effort in the last three weeks - which saw them reach the Final for the first time since 2004.

"I think it has been an outstanding attitude from our guys," Mowen said.

He dismissed the notion that fitness and travel fatigue could have cost them in the last quarter.

"It was just little decisions [made] in those big moments," the captain said, adding: "That is just experience and that will come for this group.

"I felt that just to put ourselves in this position [close to winning the Final] was outstanding."

Asked if he regarded 2013 as a successful season, Mowen said 'no'.

"Success is when you have a full trophy cabinet, we know that.

"We will certainly take momentum out of this year. After this week off, then 2014 starts for us - that has been the approach for us the last couple of years and we want to make sure that come this week next year we sit here with a trophy."

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19