Brumbies looking for improvement in quarters

Mon, 18 Jul 2016 08:09

INTERVIEW: Australia's only representatives in the Super Rugby play-offs, the Brumbies, will be looking to up their game against defending champions, the Highlanders, in the first quarterfinal in Canberra on Friday.

The Brumbies booked their ticket to the play-offs when they beat the Western Force 24-10 on Saturday and simultaneously ended the Waratahs' season by snatching Australia's guaranteed finals berth.

Brumbies flank Scott Fardy says his side's mentality has to improve ahead of a knockout final against the Highlanders.

"[It was] a bit of a strange game on Saturday and I'm the first to admit that we didn't play the best and we didn't do our best on Saturday night, but obviously finals are a different story," he said.

"It was hard to get going - both teams kind of didn't play real finals kind of footy.

The Brumbies went into their final regular season match against the Force knowing they needed just a losing bonus point to secure their knockout spot.

"I think coming into that game was we knew we only had to get one point", he continued.

"We changed what we do now and really take off into this week."

Brumbies scrumhalf, Tomas Cubelli said the team would definitely be drawing on that last clash as they prepare for this weekend's match up. 

"I think it is a game to think about," he said.

"We played a great first half, we played good rugby, running rugby, despite the weather - the weather wasn't good but we tried to shape them to play our rugby and we can take some things from that.

"Now we have to think why it wasn't reflected in the scoreboard and try to reflect it this week."


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