Brumbies head to Auckland still on track
The Brumbies head to Auckland on Saturday with coach Jake White believing they remain in control of their own Investec Super Rugby destiny despite Saturday's 22-28 loss to arch rivals the Waratahs.
They remain atop the Australian conference on 46 points two clear of the Reds, who are guaranteed four points from a bye in Round 17, and eight points ahead of the resurgent Waratahs who have won their past three matches.
The Brumbies play the Blues, Hurricanes, Rebels and Force on the run home, while the Reds face the Stormers, Rebels and Waratahs.
"I still think we can still control our own destiny, we've still got enough games left to make the playoffs," White said.
"It would be easier if we'd got a result tonight but I think at the end of the day there's still a lot of rugby to be played.
"The Waratahs have still got to play the Reds ... so there's a lot of rugby that can obviously knock teams out and peg them back a bit in terms of results over the next couple of weeks."
White blamed minor lapses in concentration for Saturday's tight loss to the Waratahs in a brutal local derby at ANZ Stadium
"I suppose when you're six points ahead like that [it's disappointing], and we'd kept them out in the first half and defended really well," White said.
"But credit to them, they scored three tries in the second half and that's the thing that [hurts].
"It's not only the loss but the fact that we leaked three tries in that second half."
After their 3-23 loss to the Crusaders on Saturday, the game looms as vital for the Blues' play-off hopes. They have games left against the Highlanders (away), the Sharks (away), the Cheetahs (away) and the Chiefs (home).