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White has the Blues after Brumbies final round slip

Brumbies coach Jake White says he is 'a bit disappointed'

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Article Published: Thursday 19 July 2012






Brumbies coach Jake White says he does not know if he will support the Reds in the Super Rugby finals bid as his team's final round slip up and the loss to the Reds still hurts too much.

White's Brumbies needed only one bonus point from their final round clash against the Blues to win the Australian Conference but were well beaten and looked a shadow of the team that did so well earlier in the season.

The Brumbies failure to take any points from the match gave the Reds an opportunity to move above the Brumbies by virtue of them winning more games than the Canberra men.

At the start of the season the Brumbies were not even being considered as potential finalists but they soon went to the top of Australian standings and led their conference for almost five months.

The final round loss means that the Brumbies dropped from third down to seventh and out of the tournament.

"We leave a bit disappointed but, if we take a step back and really reflect, it's not a bad effort," he said.

"Considering where we started, considering what we had, considering what the expectations were from outside ... we surprised a lot of people."

"It might not feel like we passed but we got 80 per cent (of points on offer) - that's a distinction."

Some of the Brumbies best moments in 2012 came away from Canberra as they beat the Hurricanes in week 13 in Wellington for the first time since 2003 and and beat the Waratahs at the Olympic stadium for the first time.

"It's not very often you get a distinction and still feel like you failed," White told AAP.

White is pleased with some of the things that the Brumbies have achieved not least that they won 10 matches in 2012 more than twice their 2011 effort.

"The aura of the Brumbies is so much more evident," White said.

"Ex-Brumbies say that it's reminiscent of the old days and they're very thankful for that."

White said that he was still weighing up whether or not to support the Reds this weekend against the Sharks as they bid for back-to-back titles as he feels that his team could have beaten the Reds and says the loss was pivotal.

Brumbies kicker Zack Holmes missed a penalty attempt in the final moments of their week 14 clash which allowed the Reds to win the match 13-12.

"I'm really not sure if them winning back-to-backs is going to make it easier or more difficult," White said.

"My gut feeling tells me it will probably make things feel worse for us.

"We should have beaten them in that game."

 
 
 
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