Log in

Errors cost Brumbies, says Alaalatoa

Sun, 15/05/2022, 6:04 am
by AAP
The Brumbies hosted the Crusaders at GIO Stadium.

Captain Allan Alaalatoa has said that how the Brumbies respond to their second defeat of the Super Rugby Pacific season will be vital to their championship hopes. 

His side were beaten 37-26 by the Crusaders on Friday night, but they have little time to worry about their latest defeat with the league-leading Blues headed to town next Saturday night.

Catch every game of the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season on Stan Sport. Start your Free Sport Trial Now

However, the Brumbies prop said his side was clear on the reasons they had lost, with a string of early errors in their own half allowing the New Zealand-based side to build a 23-5 lead at half-time.

Alaalatoa admitted that if they made the same errors against the Blues, they could expect a similar score.

"Whether we've bounced back off a loss is going to be huge, we want to see a change in intensity throughout the week," he said.

"We obviously know the Blues are in some good form, we've just got to make sure (we improve) with errors and our physicality.

"We've just got to make sure we're clear on those learnings and how we can turn that around because if we do the same thing again next week, we'll probably be in same situation."

Brumbies made a dream start when Irae Simone scored within four minutes, but it was the last time they would be in front.

But in other areas they matched the powerhouse Crusaders, scoring three tries to two and controlling much of the play in a strong second stanza.

Alaalatoa said his side's improved physicality had rattled their opposition.

"We just can't make too many errors down our end," he said.

"We were tackling well, but we'd just back that up with an error, some ill-discipline ... that's our biggest learning out of tonight.

"What allows us to get the momentum back is winning the collision. We lost that in patches, but when we saw the back end of the game and we were winning that, we were on the front foot."

Rebels hold on for victory over Highlanders
La Rochelle has held on to defeat Leinster to win the European Champions Cup. Photo: Getty Images
Retiere's late try sees La Rochelle beat Leinster to win European Champions Cup
One Percenters: Thorn embracing Christchurch return as Waratahs flanker heads overseas
Sungoliath director of rugby Eddie Jones and Wild Knights coach Robbie Deans will add to their long history when the sides meet in Japan's League One final.
Tokyo to host latest Deans-Jones battle
Rugby.com.au Logo

The Rugby.com.au are a proud part of Rugby AU

© 2021 Australian Rugby. All rights reserved.