Set piece frustrations will encourage Brumbies captain Allan Alaalatoa as he units his sights on a Tremendous Rugby AU grand remaining rematch with the Queensland Reds.
The skipper returned from a three-game suspension in Saturday’s 24-22 loss to the Reds at Suncorp Stadium, the hosts rallying from 12-0 all the way down to edge forward with simply three minutes to play.
The consequence adopted a 40-38 Reds win in Canberra earlier this season that flipped the script after the Brumbies had edged them to win the home title final 12 months.
The victory ensured the Reds a house grand remaining on Could 8, with the defending champion Brumbies now set to host the semi-final towards both the Melbourne Rebels or Western Power as soon as the common season ends in a fortnight.
Some Jordan Petaia brilliance helped, the winger kicking a 50-22 then hovering for a strive because the Reds’ comeback gathered tempo.
However the host’s scrum was essential to first get them again into the competition, James O’Connor’s go-ahead penalty purpose coming from a scrum penalty that finally sunk the Brumbies.
The 15-8 penalty depend towards the Brumbies wasn’t missed by coach Dan McKellar or Alaalatoa, the coach voicing his frustrations final 12 months over rival Reds prop Taniela Tupou’s binding approach.
On Friday he insinuated that if the Reds’ scrum had earned these penalties, then the Brumbies’ dominant maul ought to have too.
The captain was aggravated that that they had fallen into the Reds’ entice once more.
“Effectively they received penalties for it, whether or not they had been proper or improper penalties you possibly can’t do a lot about it,” Alaalatoa mentioned of the Reds’ obvious scrum dominance.
“We knew coming in they delight themselves on their scrum and to be trustworthy it delivered for them.
“I am eager to play them once more; we’re so shut however we simply could not come away within the massive moments.
“Sure, we’re sitting right here on the dropping aspect however we nonetheless have one other alternative.”
The Brumbies’ backrowers did their greatest to remind their Reds’ opposites there was loads of expertise in Australia, with Rob Valetini, Pete Samu and Tom Cusack successful the early battle.
Fraser McReight, Angus Scott-Younger and Harry Wilson had the final snigger with some essential defensive performs, whereas Cusack (hamstring) and to a lesser extent Samu (neck/shoulder) now each face damage issues forward of Sunday’s conflict with the Rebels.
“Valetini’s been excellent for us, Samu was good and Cusack too earlier than his damage and so they’ll compete exhausting for a very long time to come back,” McKellar mentioned.
“There’s two good footy groups there (the Reds and Brumbies) which might be actually difficult one another.
“However we had been ready to win the sport and did not take these little moments that change into massive moments.”
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