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Attacking intent a plus for ACT Brumbies, but fans want results too

Reds player Will Genia in action. Click for more photos

Brumbies vs Queensland Reds

University of Canberra Brumbies vs Queensland reds at Canberra Stadium. Photo: Melissa Adams

IT HASN'T taken Stephen Larkham long to do exactly what ACT Brumbies fans wanted - bring attacking rugby back to Canberra Stadium.

It might not have produced the result they wanted, but it showed the intent to expand on last season's tactics.

Under Jake White the Super Rugby grand finalists stuck ruthlessly to their field-position game plan where they would take every point on offer.

On Saturday night, they kicked for the lineout and looked for tries.

But was it the right option?

Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen felt he had the momentum and they were ''creating enough'' to continue to attack the Queensland Reds.

It was a gut feeling rather than a premeditated plan to be more aggressive.

But put in the same situation again, he said he might take the points.

''I just felt that we had some really good momentum and sometimes they're tough calls to make - sometimes they go for you,'' Mowen said.

''We put their guy in the bin and got their back-rower off and then Jesse [Mogg] goes in the corner at that stage and later on it costs you when you probably should have taken the three [points].

''When you don't win and you go back and look you're always going to be more critical of yourself.

''I certainly felt we were creating enough there, we'll go away and look at that and make sure in those situations we've got to take points.''

Under White there was clearly less licence to push for the greater glory of a seven-pointer.

But whether the old way of accumulating points would have led to a different result is for the Monday experts to decide.

The Brumbies certainly had their chances, but in the end it was ball-handling errors that proved costly.

It is something they can rectify on the training track and then it will be up to Mowen to decide whether he goes for the throat or opts for death by a thousand cuts.

The fans certainly are looking for a more attacking approach than last year, but then they're also looking to win.

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