Brumbies 'learning to win'

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:55

REACTION: The Brumbies are keeping their feet firmly planted, following their 25-17 win, with a late try, over the Western Force in Canberra on Friday.

The Force were leading 17-13 with 10 minutes to go, when lock Ross Haylett-Petty was shown a yellow card for a late tackle on Brumbies scrumhalf Joe Powell.

The home side took full advantage as centre Kyle Godwin and replacement hooker Robbie Abel touched down to overhaul the Force and secure their first win after two close losses.

"It's a massive relief," Brumbies captain Sam Carter said.

"We're a pretty young side and we're learning to win.

"The last couple of weeks have been tough, but we managed to grind it out and it's a good win for us.

"I think we're pretty determined to never lose, it's good to get the 80-minute performance.

"It's massive for us at the moment, but we have to realise we're not world-beaters yet.

"We have to build on that and keep moving forward."

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said the team will remain grounded.

"There's good feeling in the group at the moment, it was certainly an emotional roller-coaster through the game but much better composure at the end and superb execution to finish the game off," Larkham said.

"We've learnt some lessons in the last two weeks.

"Will it be easier to sleep tonight?

"We're not getting ahead of ourselves. We'll enjoy that victory because it was a long-time coming."

The Brumbies scored four tries to two, but the Force still showed their rejuvenated spirit and proved they are not pretenders this year.

"We're pretty disappointed with that performance," coach Dave Wessels said.

"The Brumbies are good at forcing pressure, that's how they win games.

"To finish the game with almost double the amount of penalties against than four, when all week we've talked about our discipline, that's not acceptable really.

"First and foremost this performance is on me. My job is to make sure we get the messaging right.

"There will be a number of individuals who have to front up [for mistakes], that starts with me."

Force captain Heath Tessmann stressed the side's inability to take their early opportunities and keep pressure on the Brumbies cost them the win.

"It's really disappointing for us," he said.

"The Brumbies came out and played the way they wanted to play and we allowed them to do that.

"I think we let the pressure off in critical moments and they converted those opportunities.

"Letting off the pressure and giving away careless penalties gave them opportunities to maul inside our 22 and that's their bread and butter. We can't give them those opportunities but we did."

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
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
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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