Brumbies tackle the 'beast' head-on

Wed, 31 Jul 2013 07:08
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The Brumbies will tackle the 'beast' head-on when they face the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton on Saturday.

The Brumbies will tackle the 'beast' head-on when they face the Chiefs in the Super Rugby Final in Hamilton on Saturday.

Brumbies second row partners Sam Carter and Scott Fardy believe the Chiefs have one of the strongest and most dangerous forward packs in Super Rugby.

However, they are adamant that the ACT forwards will be able to compete with the much larger pack.

The Brumbies returned to Canberra earlier this week after recording a cracking 26-23 win over the Bulls in Pretoria and will be looking to continue their good form when they meet defending champions the Chiefs in the Grand Final on Saturday.

With consistent match winners like Craig Clarke and Brodie Retallick in the Chiefs forward pack, Sam Carter says the Brumbies forwards will have to step up another gear if they wish to bring a third club title back to the capital.

"The Chiefs have a very strong pack and obviously they won the competition last year and they have been very successful in Hamilton," Carter said.

"They're not short of any skills in the forward pack at all, they have a strong set piece and they are good around the ground so we will hopefully match that this weekend.

"Retallick and Clarke are two world-class locks and have had a very strong season this year so it's going to be difficult coming up against them this weekend.

"Fard's and I will work on a plan to hopefully get on top of them and work around them to make sure we have a better game."

The Chiefs are renowned in Super Rugby for having a very physical and mobile forward pack which grinds out and eventually dominates their rivals at the breakdown.

It's this forward pack which propelled the club to their first Super Rugby title last year and helped the side carry their 2012 form into the 2013 season, notching up 12 wins to finish on top of the New Zealand conference.

But after having his best season to date, Scott Fardy is looking forward to continuing his good form against the Chiefs and helping the Brumby forwards gain the momentum in the ruck to overcome their Kiwi counterparts.

"The whole team is very excited after Saturday night and we are really looking forward to this week," Fardy said.

"The Chiefs have a very good forward pack with a couple of really good locks, which we will be hoping to overcome.

"It's going to take a complete performance from all of our forwards and I think everyone is going to have to play really well, but to be honest I can't wait."

Source: Brumbies media unit

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Wed, 31 May 2017
New Zealand U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19