Still positives for Foster


Sunday, February 4, 2007    Photosport

Speaking after the game and despite his side's disappointing result, the Chiefs boss said a slow start had proved costly against such a strong outfit.

"It took us a long time to settle down defensively which was a little disappointing," said Foster.

"Just basic decisions and tackle quality really hurt us. I think we allowed the Brumbies to get a flow on early, get some easy points and it probably built their confidence up early.

"This is the fourth game this round and the teams have been a bit cagey about finding their rhythm and I think we gave them their rhythm early which hurt."

Although the Chiefs were outclassed, they almost managed to grind out a victory after scoring two late tries.

And this, says Foster, was pleasing given the Brumbies' dominance throughout most of the match's early stages.

"They certainly looked a bit more composed on the ball than we did," he added.

"I think there were patches when we were patient and really looked to be recycling well and that we showed we could have had that game.

"Perhaps in that last 15 minutes we could have carried on kicking better.

"I wasn't unhappy with a lot of our kicking but I really don't think our kick-chase put them under a lot of pressure."

With a round two fixture against the Hurricanes, who also suffered a first round loss at the hands of the Reds, beckoning, Foster expects an improved performance next Friday.

"I think there is lots to take from it really," he said.

"When you get yourself into a situation where we could have actually beaten the Brumbies and we are walking off frustrated with how well we played, there are some positives.

"The scrum is going well. I thought our back set-piece defence really grew and grew in confidence.

"We can't get too down with that. I felt we had energy at the end of the game. We just didn't quite have the skill or the right decision making so we will take that on the chin and move on.

"There is still plenty for us to take from that ahead of next week."