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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