The University of Canberra Brumbies will head to Perth on Thursday keen to get their 2014 campaign back on track against the Western Force.
After a disappointing loss last Saturday against the Reds at home, the UC Brumbies will be desperate to increase the tempo to return home five competition points richer.
In 2013 the Force proved a major stumbling block for the UC Brumbies, taking them down in the corresponding Perth encounter which in turn cost the visitors a top-two finish.
UC Brumbies winger Henry Speight said the team would need to improve some of the fundamentals to come away from the Perth match with a win.
“It was good to me to get my hands on the ball in that first half, but I think I need to buld on that this week, get more touches and get myself over the gain line. I think as a collective that’s what we need to do as a team,” Speight said.
“I don’t think we were clinical enough in our A zone and we didn’t finish off any of our chances. We made some good progress, there were some nice line-breaks and we were building pressure, but around the breakdown we didn’t show enough to be dominant.
“Particularly in that A zone we need to be making a bigger impact and taking our chances.”
During the second half of last week’s match the UC brumbies enjoyed well over half of the overall possession and a wealth of field position but couldn’t quite finish the Reds off.
Flanker Lochie McCaffrey, who returns to Perth on Thursday for his first match against his former side, said those problems would need to be rectified if the UC Brumbies were to return with a win.
“I’m thoroughly looking forward to this week, to be putting in a bigger effort and hopefully we’ll be coming home with a win,” McCaffrey said.
“We definitely didn’t play as well as we could have on Saturday. We created a lot of opportunities and our structures were working well but those last passes needed to be better, we were a bit rusty out there and didn’t finish off those opportunities.
“That’s what we’ll be looking to fix this weekend in Perth. To show a bit more intensity and to take advantage of the opportunities we can create.”
The UC Brumbies leave for Perth on Thursday following their morning session at the University of Canberra.