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Out-muscled Brumbies lick their wounds

Coach Dan McKellar concedes his team were distinctly second best at the collision in their 43-13 hammering from the Hurricanes.

Out-muscled Brumbies lick their wounds

Coach Dan McKellar concedes his team were distinctly second best at the collision in their 43-13 hammering from the Hurricanes.

DAN MCKELLAR, head coach of the Brumbies, looks on ahead of the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand.
DAN MCKELLAR, head coach of the Brumbies, looks on ahead of the Super Rugby match between the Highlanders and the Brumbies at Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin, New Zealand. Picture:Photo by Dianne Manson/Getty Images

Dan McKellar concedes the Brumbies had no answer to Hurricanes pressure in a passive Super Rugby performance that delivered his team a reality check.

The Brumbies were distinctly second-best physically in their 43-13 hammering from the Kiwi side in Palmerston North on Friday, a display which contrasted directly with their 54-17 rout of the Chiefs a week earlier.


This time it was McKellar's men playing second-fiddle in the collisions, battered by hard-running All Blacks such as Ngani Laumape and Dane Coles, who scored five of the Hurricanes' six tries between them.

The coach was annoyed his team handed the Hurricanes the front foot in the opening exchanges, gifting turnovers and paying the price for the rest of the contest.

"We're obviously not thrilled with that, they put pressure on our breakdown, had more urgency and we were chasing from there," McKellar told AAP.

"We couldn't play in the right areas of the field and missed too many tackles on their key players. Laumape, (Ardie) Savea, those sort of guys dominated."

McKellar said the giant turnaround in the space of a week underlined how a drop off in intensity can blow out a scoreline.

His team more than held their own in the set pieces and drove impressively, particularly when hooker Folau Fainga'a scored to leave them trailing 19-8 at halftime.

However, the Hurricanes' gamebreakers flourished with front-foot ball, running more than 700m in total as the Brumbies missed 37 tackles.

"The scoreboard's the scoreboard. We were happy with last week but Super Rugby moves on quickly and this week we weren't good enough," McKellar said.

Wallabies Flanker David Pocock made a game-high 15 tackles in his first full outing of the season.

It could have been more if he wasn't shown a late yellow card for an off-the-ball tackle.

It was during his 10-minute absence that the Brumbies produced their best defence and even created a try to substitute Tom Wright.

"We had to aim up, defend and force turnovers, and we did that. But our attack was patchy on the whole, we didn't get any continuity at all," McKellar said.

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