Courageous Brumbies back again in finals hunt — but at a price

Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies is injured at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

David Pocock arrives off the industry for a head personal injury evaluation at GIO Stadium.Resource:AAP

Mentor Dan McKellar was glowing in his praise soon after the Brumbies turned in a person of the excellent defensive performances in Tremendous Rugby historical past to revitalise their time.


The guests designed a whopping 239 tackles as they held out the Stormers — who designed just 90 tackles — to acquire 19-17 in Cape City.

The Stormers also dominated possession, 70-30 for each cent, and industry placement, 76-24 for each cent.

“Outstanding,” explained McKellar.

“I never feel I have at any time been prouder of a team of gentlemen.

“We experienced incredibly number of prospects and the types that we did have right now we took them, and you have bought to do that absent from property.”

The brave acquire was reached without the need of to start with-decision backrowers David Pocock and Lachlan McCaffrey, with 22-calendar year-outdated New Zealander Jahrome Brown excelling in his to start with Tremendous Rugby start out.

Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies is injured at AAMI Park in Melbourne.

Josh Mann-Rea of the Brumbies is wounded at AAMI Park in Melbourne.Resource:AAP

It arrived at a price with reserve hooker Josh Mann-Rea struggling “significant” hurt to his still left knee and heading property though the relaxation of the squad goes on to Argentina to enjoy the Jaguares.

Wallabies star Pocock is also currently being despatched property to Canberra to carry on his recuperation from the calf personal injury that will continue to keep him sidelined for a sixth straight recreation.

The Brumbies led 12-three early soon after lock Rory Arnold performed a important position in two attempts.

But the Stormers took the guide with scores both aspect of halftime, like a penalty try out soon after a prolonged online video assessment that observed winger Toni Pulu sin-binned for a substantial shot.

A transformed try out to Tom Banking companies placing the Brumbies back again on top rated in close proximity to the hour mark and the Stormers ended up not able to obtain an reply to unlock the Australians’ defensive wall.

Skipper Christian Lealiifano praised his ahead pack for their wholehearted attempts to deny the Stormers on their property turf.

“We certainly spoke about owning robust defence and they ended up just heading to continue to keep throwing almost everything at us,” he explained.

“We ended up equipped to stand up to that for 80 minutes every person just contributed and did their roles.” Soon after chalking up back again-to-back again wins for the to start with time this time, the Brumbies have a four-five document and journey to Argentina to consider on the Jaguares with a total head of steam.

“I feel that is wonderful momentum,” Lealiifano explained.

“It provides the team a good deal of self-confidence and recognizing that our planning in the course of the 7 days is doing work and it is having to pay off.”

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