Brumbies plan to impress home fans
RUGBY: The Brumbies admit they were “passive and timid” last outing, but they’re also adamant they have forgotten last Friday night’s 40-15 thrashing to the Blues.
If the Blues defeated the Waratahs in Auckland as expected last night, the Brumbies could lose against the lowly Western Force in Canberra tonight but still finish on top of the Australian conference.
Other results will be the last thing on the ACT players’ minds though - they want to bounce back from last week’s thrashing with a big win in front of their home fans.
“Last week we were a little bit passive and timid and waiting to see what the opposition would throw at us,” Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said.
“This week we want to be on the front foot.”
Larkham said some old-fashioned honesty sessions during the week should help his team display a better attitude in both attack and defence tonight.
“The players took control of the review this week and had a good look at themselves,” he said.
“They were very honest and the group was on the same page in that it wasn’t the start we wanted (against the Blues).”
Brumbies captain Stephen Moore said his players wouldn’t have last night’s Blues-Waratahs result on their minds when they step out to take on the Force.
“If you look too much at other games and other results then you take your eyes off what’s important,” he said.
Queensland-bound Moore - who will play his final regular-season match for the Brumbies - will also break former Wallaby Nathan Sharpe’s record of 162 Super Rugby games when they play the Force.