Brumbies loss not due to travel

Date published: June 27 2015

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham refused to blame travel for his side's Super Rugby semi-final loss to the Hurricanes.

The sixth seeds beat the Stormers in Cape Town last week before travelling back to Australia and then on to Wellington for the last four clash.

They were comfortably beaten by the table toppers, going down 29-9, but Larkham believes it was lack of training rather than the travel that was the biggest problem.

"The travel's really not that hard," he told Yahoo.

"The fact you miss some valuable training days probably hurts you more than anything. The last two weeks we've had two training runs.

"But the combination's there and our fitness base was there.

"Everyone knows what the competition rules are at the start of the year and you play towards that," he added.

"Our boys pushed as hard as they could. There was nothing left in the tank and when you come up against a side like the Hurricanes, who certainly play very laterally and make you work defensively, it fatigues you pretty quickly."