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White upbeat despite defeat

Brumbies coach Jake White chose to focus on the positives after his team's unbeaten home record was ended by the Sharks.

The Brumbies went down 29-26 in the Super 15 clash at Canberra Stadium.

But White praised his team's never-say-die attitude which almost saw them sneak an unlikely victory in the final seconds, saying: "The bottom line is we are disappointed, a bit like the Chiefs game. All credit to them, they defended well and turned defence into attack, but I'm not going to make excuses."

He added: "The positives are as a coach you compliment the fact that they didn't lie down and die, but the negatives are we shouldn't allow ourselves to get into those situations.

"We don't panic, but I'd prefer us just to keep building the momentum when we get opportunities.

"We want to improve every week and learn from those mistakes and the challenges that are chucked at us.

"If that happens then I will be happy. We need to make sure we take these lessons into the next two weeks."

Sharks coach John Plumtree was delighted his team bounced back from their loss to the Waratahs last weekend, although he was not impressed with the performance.

"At the end of the day the win is why we are here and we got there," Plumtree said.

"We are not overly happy with the performance, though, with certain things going wrong. We are making the same mistakes each week which is frustrating, but we are really pleased with the effort and plenty of character was shown out there towards the end when the Brumbies had lots of possession close to the try line."


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