Rugby Union 4 years ago

Opposition File: Brumbies

  • Opposition File: Brumbies

The tahs head to Canberra this weekend for a game which could potentially decide the Australian conference.

I was lucky enough to spend two years living in Canberra so I have a bit more insight into what defines the Brumbies and ACT rugby in general.


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1. Structure: The brumbies have always prided themselves on maintaining a strong defensive structure, Jake White helped perfect this last year and the team seems to still have this ingrained in them.

2. Quality, not class: The brumbies don't really have any world class players, and that isn't a bad thing because they have a lot of very very good ones. Think of their roster like the Western Force on steroids,

3. Canberra: The tahs are lucky that this fixture is early in the year. As the season wears on games in Canberra get very cold and often result in more errors and low scoring games. Hopefully the Waratahs can benefit from mild conditions.

4. History: The Brumbies are Australia's most successful super rugby franchise, and as such have a strong record against NSW. In the last 10 years, the tahs have only scored 5 tries in Canberra. That needs to change this week.

5. Ben Mowen: Dobber or not, Mowen is a great player. If he steps up this week in the face of all the Wallabies rumours, then the Tahs will have a struggle on their hands.

What stands about the Brumbies to you? And what do the Tahs have to nullify if they want to win?

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