Larkham hails Pocock’s gutsy performance
Pretoria: ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has hailed David Pocock’s man of the match performance against the Free State Cheetahs as one of the best games he has seen the superstar flanker play. The Brumbies will return to Canberra having won two of three games on their road trip to Perth and South Africa to keep a slender buffer on the Australian conference table. The Brumbies put a week of off-field club turmoil behind them to end their South Africa tour on a high, beating the Cheetahs 25-18 in Bloemfontein early yesterday morning. Pocock was outstanding around the field, forcing four breakdown turnovers and constantly causing the Cheetahs headaches whenever he was near the ball. “I thought David Pocock had a tremendous game, one of the best games I’ve seen him have. Both with his work at the breakdown and in the contact area was outstanding,” Larkham said.
“Across the park it was a contest [at the breakdown] ... there will be aspects we’re not happy with but defensively they didn’t get many phases because our work was really good.”