Rugby-McKellar relieved as luck turns for resurgent Brumbies

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(Reuters) - ACT Brumbies coach Dan McKellar was relieved his side's luck has finally turned after notching up a hard-fought win over the Wellington Hurricanes on Saturday to record their first win in Super Rugby Trans Tasman.

The Brumbies' 12-10 victory was only the second by an Australian side against New Zealand opposition in the competition and comes after a run of four straight losses for McKellar's team.

"Anytime you pull on the jersey it's a special moment and that's how our group approaches it," McKellar said after the Brumbies played their first game at Canberra Stadium since the start of May.

"Tonight was an opportunity back in front of our faithful supporters who came out and braved the cold in tough conditions and we're just pleased that we can deliver for them.

"Off the back of the last four weeks that we've had, to bounce back tonight is what we're most proud of.

"We deserve a bit of luck I think to be honest, we haven't had a whole lot lately."

After losing to the Queensland Reds in the Grand Final of the Super Rugby AU, the Brumbies lost their next three games in New Zealand in the Trans Tasman competition.

But Len Ikitau's second-half try proved the difference between the Brumbies and the Hurricanes as Jordie Barrett missed two late penalty attempts to ensure McKellar's team made it over the line.

"It's been a tough month. You go back to the Grand Final and that's one that we'll probably never get over," McKellar told reporters.

"We managed to get ourselves up for the Crusaders (following the Grand Final) and we were unlucky against a team I consider the best in the world.

"The last two weeks we've just been disappointing and we were disappointed last week with how we performed in what was a significant game.

"But we stuck tight and stuck at it...just really proud that we squeezed out a result against a quality side."

(Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong; Editing by William Mallard)

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