Returning Brumbies captain Stephen Moore hailed his side's commitment after their 20-15 win over the Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday.
The home side threw everything at the Brumbies even after the final siren, but couldn't pull of the win. And Moore, who made his first start since recovering from a serious knee injury, was encouraged by the outcome against the Rebels who have come on in leaps and bounds.
“They’re a vastly-improved Rebels team, that’s been well documented already this year and we saw it again tonight,” said Moore.
“I thought our commitment was fantastic. We closed out a very tight contest in tough conditions on the road.”
Meanwhile, Rebels boss Tony McGahan was full of praise for the opposition, but also his own charges..
“The Brumbies showed tonight, as they have so far this season and over the last two campaigns, that they are very good side with lots of senior players,” he said.
“We’d all love to have that injection of twenty-five to thirty games into each player, as the last two weeks has suggested we need that little bit of extra composure against the top sides, but we know that will come.
“Whilst we’re not that far off we are far enough away, and we know we’ve got a lot of work to do. The players realise that but are embracing it, and I think that is really evident in the way they play for each other, their friendship and the way they are competing as a team.”