Rugby Union


Brumbies say attack is still finding feet

ACT flyhalf Christian Lealiifano believes the Brumbies' attack is yet to reach its potential despite tearing the Pretoria Bulls' defence to shreds yesterday morning.

The Brumbies secured a four-try bonus point for the second week in a row, but it wasn't enough to lift them to a win at Loftus Versfeld.

While the Brumbies ignited their attack, Bulls flyhalf Morne Steyn booted his side to a 36-34 triumph.

The Brumbies left Pretoria disappointed they let a chance to become the first Australian team to win there since 2006 slip.

But scoring five tries to two has given them the confidence they can end their two-week tour on a high when they play the Johannesburg Lions on Saturday morning.

After a slow attacking start to the season, the Brumbies are beginning to employ a more adventurous game plan and have shown they have the weapons to tear defences apart.


''I guess that's the one that we feel got away, to let it slip away early was the hardest thing for us and we'll learn lessons from that,'' Lealiifano said.

''I think our attack is slowly starting to click, but we haven't clicked yet. It's down to our analysing of other teams and the hard work we're doing and things are starting to come up.

''But it's massive for us to put [the Bulls] match behind us and to get a good result [in Johannesburg] so that we can end on a high note.''

Lealiifano missed two tough conversion attempts and Jesse Mogg missed a penalty shot in the first half.

Had they nailed them the Brumbies would have led 20-19 at the break instead of trailing 19-13.

The Brumbies' lack of discipline cost them dearly. They didn't adjust to referee Marius Jonker's interpretations and Steyn booted seven penalties and a drop goal.

But the Brumbies still gave themselves a chance to win the match when they launched a late charge.

They scored three tries in the final 11 minutes with Andrew Smith, Ian Prior and Anthony Hegarty getting across the line.

But they were left ruing another missed opportunity when Henry Speight got across the line and dropped the ball with six minutes to go.

Winger Speight was having a strong game and he vowed to never make the same mistake again.

''I'm very disappointed with myself that I missed that second try,'' Speight said.

''It's like a rollercoaster going into next week and hopefully I can get up for a good performance.

''At the start I thought I got it down. But I should have just tucked it in and let momentum take me over instead of reaching out.

''It's all a learning experience for me and if I get into that situation again I will make sure I get that five-pointer.''