Brumbies to mix it up for White

Tue, 06 May 2014 08:05
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Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says his side will add some variations to their game to counter the inside knowledge of former coach Jake White.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says his side will add some variations to their game to counter the inside knowledge of former coach Jake White this weekend.

White left the Brumbies last season after two years in charge, having guided them to the Super Rugby Final against the Chiefs, and he returns to Canberra this weekend as coach of the table-topping Sharks.

The Brumbies have stuck quite closely to White's coaching blueprint which has brought them more success this year as they sit on top of the Australian conference and just five log points behind the Sharks on the overall standings.

The Canberra side have continued to rely on staunch defence, an accurate kicking game and a powerful forward pack this year, but Larkham insists that they have 'evolved' and will have a few tricks up their sleeves for White this weekend.

"You can't be spooked by any opposition. We've evolved. There's a few things, a few tactics, that we're going to introduce this week," Larkham told AAP.

The former Wallabies flyhalf said that working under White as an assistant had given him some insights into what to expect from the Sharks, who got their tour off to a winning start with a victory over the Rebels in Melbourne last week.

"Jake was here for two years and I learnt a lot while he was here. I guess I know Jake's way - probably gives me an advantage," he said.

White's return to Canberra has been hyped up as something of a grudge match after he left the Brumbies suddenly last year, and he has opted not to hold a press conference until Thursday which Larkham suggested could be an attempt to keep the focus on the rugby and not the side issues.

"It's a very difficult for those guys. I guess he wants to make sure it's a successful tour.

"He'd be cautious coming into this match knowing it's not about him. It's about what's delivered on the field and I'm sure his focus is on that at the moment," said Larkham.

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Sat, 29 July 2017
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Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28