White : Brumbies must learn to close out games

Brumbies captain Nic White says that they will need to learn to close out matches after they were beaten 19-17 to the Chiefs at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth.

The Brumbies were leading the Chiefs with two minutes remaining on the clock but they infringed and the Chiefs were awarded a penalty.

All Black and Chiefs flyhalf Aaron Cruden calmly kicked the penalty to earn his team the victory.

“We’ve got to learn to close out these games,” said White after the match.

“I think maybe we thought we had it closed out too early but the Chiefs were here to play and that’s what got them over the line,” he added.

“I’m really proud of the effort but being proud doesn’t get you four points.”

The Brumbies pack showed plenty of guts around the set piece and were in the match to the dying minutes, but the Chiefs showed up and dominated when push came to shove.

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham said he was pleased with the effort his players put in but admitted he was disappointed to lose at the death.

“Coming to New Zealand to face the Chiefs is never easy and I feel like our boys put in a big effort tonight,” Larkham said.

“We’ll regroup and get ready to face Melbourne next Saturday night.”

The Brumbies will face the Rebels at AAMI Park next weekend while the Chiefs face the Crusaders in Hamilton.

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