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, 27 August 2016
New Zealand v Australia 07h35 Wellington
EP Kings v Western Province 14h00 Port Elizabeth
Sharks v Blue Bulls 16h10 Durban
Argentina v South Africa 19h40 Salta
Fri, 02 September 2016
Boland v Pumas 13h00 Wellington
Blue Bulls v Golden Lions 17h00 Pretoria
RESULT SCORE
Fri, 26 August 2016
Pumas v Griquas 35 | 41
Golden Lions v Boland 60 | 12
Sat, 20 August 2016
South Africa v Argentina 30 | 23
Golden Lions v Griquas 24 | 30
Australia v New Zealand 8 | 42
Fri, 19 August 2016
Blue Bulls v EP Kings 49 | 35
Western Province v Free State Cheetahs 25 | 32
Boland v Sharks 20 | 41
Sat, 13 August 2016
Free State Cheetahs v Blue Bulls 43 | 20
Golden Lions v Pumas 68 | 26
Fri, 12 August 2016
Sharks v Griquas 46 | 24
EP Kings v Boland 10 | 28
Sat, 06 August 2016
Boland v Free State Cheetahs 16 | 44
Hurricanes v Lions 20 | 3
Fri, 05 August 2016
Pumas v Sharks 10 | 33
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 10 0 5 43
Waratahs 15 8 0 7 40
Rebels 15 7 0 8 31
Reds 15 3 1 11 17
Force 15 2 0 13 13
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Hurricanes 15 11 0 4 53
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 52
Chiefs 15 11 0 4 51
Crusaders 15 11 0 4 50
Blues 15 8 1 6 39
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 1 4 51
Bulls 15 9 1 5 42
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Sunwolves 15 1 1 13 9
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 14 11 0 3 52
Sharks 15 9 1 5 43
Jaguares 14 3 0 11 18
Kings 15 2 0 13 9