Brumbies staying upbeat

Date published: April 19 2017

Brumbies captain Sam Carter is adamant the players will continue to support each other regardless despite the disappointing loss to the Rebels at the weekend.

The Brumbies suffered a narrow 19-17 loss to the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park and while key moments killed the game for his side, Carter says the side won’t alter their approach.

“There always has to be a balance but at the end of the day whatever decision we make we have 15 guys on board and we back every decision we make,” Carter told the Brumbies’ official website.

“It’s really a one in, all in mentality down here so when we make those decisions we go with it regardless of the result.”

A rare off night for their set-piece ultimately cost the ACT side and cut their lead atop the Australian conference to seven points. Instead of looking for excuses the skipper challenged his troops to step up and put in an 80-minute performance.

“We can’t have any excuses,” Carter said. “Our set-piece was a little bit off and our last scrum of the game really let us down with as well as our lineout. That’s something we pride ourselves on and not being able to execute those hurts us.

“We’ve been in matches for 60, 70 minutes and there’s been slight lapses in concentration or something happens and we drop our heads and we end up losing by a small margin. It’s something that we definitely have to rectify.”

The side will only have to wait until Friday for a shot at redemption when they travel to Napier to face the Hurricanes. The defending champions currently sit in second spot in the New Zealand conference and boast an ominous point differential of 123.

While conceding the match-up will provide a stern test, Carter said there are key areas the Brumbies can target to ensure they come away with a result.

“It’s going to be a big test for us this Friday night in Napier,” he revealed. “They’ve obviously got great skill, great ball runners. They like to spin the ball around and their offloads can hurt teams so we’ve been practicing that and how we can defend it.

“It’s about making smart decisions in defence, reading players and making sure we shut down those offload channels, not clocking off in the inside because that’s where Kiwi teams have hurt us. If we can put pressure on them for eighty minutes then we can get a result.”