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We didn't panic - White

21st July 2013 15:14

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Christian Lealiifano

Cool under pressure: The Brumbies

Brumbies coach Jake White has credited his team's cool heads for their 15-13 win over the Cheetahs in their Super Rugby play-off encounter.

The men from Canberra survived a late scare to book their place in the semi-finals of the competition, with Cheetahs fly-half Riaan Smit missing a conversion from out wide after the hooter that would have sent the game into extra time.

White concedes that they were lucky to get away with the result in that fashion but that their victory was built on a refusal to panic in the face of some intense Cheetahs attack.

"We got lucky with that kick at the end there, but when I look back at that game from last week when we didn't play well there's no doubt that our graph has started to go up," said White.

"We spoke a lot about the fact that finals footy means playing for 80 minutes and we had to play 81 to get the result.

"You look at all successful teams, they win those close games," he added.

"The one thing that sticks out: [the Brumbies] play for each other; that's evident in the way they play. They have a belief in themselves; they believe they can get the job done.

"Iit didn't matter whether we conceded a try quickly or that the first time they're in our half they get a five-pointer; you can just see the way they talk to each other. They don't panic, they understand what they have to do, and they have belief in the structure of how they want to play."

The Brumbies now pack their bags for a final four clash against the Bulls in Pretoria and White knows that the odds are stacked against his troops - but that it's not an insurmountable challenge.

"It doesn't get any bigger than a sell out semi-final at Loftus, it's massive for this group of players," he said.

"They're a South African side and we know what they're like.

"They'll play with their forwards and use Morne Steyn to add the extras. But if we play to our best there's no reason we can't take a result."

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