Deans refuses to be drawn on future
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And the nature of their crushing 41-16 loss has only heightened speculation that Brumbies coach Jake White will take the Australia hotseat prior to next month's Rugby Championship campaign.
"Those decisions will be made by others," a stoic Deans said at Saturday's post-match press conference.
"I'm not excited obviously in terms of what we've just been through, but that doesn't change the possibilities and potential of the group.
"They're a better side that what they put in there tonight, that's the disappointing thing on what was a very important occasion.
"We came up well short and we contributed to a lot of it ourselves."
Captain James Horwill became agitated when asked if Deans still has the support of the players.
"Robbie's the coach, he's contracted and he's the coach," Horwill bristled.
"He's a great coach. Now's not the time to talk about it, we'll review everything after this.
"Five minutes after I've played a test match is not the time to be talking about coaching positions."
Asked the feeling within the Wallabies dressing room after Saturday's loss, Horwill replied: "Devastated. You don't get another crack for 12 years. There's maybe one or two guys in that room that maybe will get another crack if they hang around.
"It's a tough pill to swallow because we didn't put our best out there. We didn't play as well as we could of, that's the disappointing part."
The skipper lamented his side's slow start which saw them trail 19-3 late in the first half before scoring 13 points in six minutes either side of the break to close within three points.
"We gave them a leg-up, our scrum didn't work for us, we probably started the second half the way we wanted to start the first by applying pressure," Horwill said.
"We got within three then a couple of silly errors and little misreads .... they're a good side and they capitalised on it. It's incredibly disappointing."
Deans also lamented a nightmare start that saw Will Genia drop the opening kick-off before Lions prop Alex Corbisiero crossed for the first of the visitors' four tries in the second minute.
"Obviously it was a horrific start, there was no one under the very first re-start so that gave access to the game to the Lions and they profited with a score early in the game," Deans said.
"After half time, having scored just prior, with a sense we could work back into it. We scored early, it was game on.
"They used their set piece to great advantage, they created a lot of momentum and they kept going back to set piece to punish us.
"They kept turning the scoreboard over and you saw the rest."
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