5/31/2014

Speight targets more five-pointers


Jesse Lourey 

An in form Henry Speight will lead out the UC Brumbies against the Melbourne Rebels tonight in a game that has their season on the line. 

After a long spell on the sidelines with injury, the 2012-13 top Australian try scorer has been selected in the Wallabies squad for the first time after a dominant display in a losing side last week. 

“I’m really, really happy” Speight told media this week. 

“I was in the middle of nowhere, in the slums of Sowetto when I got the call.”

Speight scored one try in the side’s disappointing 21 point loss to the Bulls but expressed that he was finding his feet after “the most time I’ve had off in four years”.

“It’s a chance to come back strong and come back with a lot of energy,” said a galvanized Speight, further motivated by his Wallabies call up.

“[The final three games] are the last chances I can prove myself, and put my hand up.”

Unable to officially play for the squad until September, Speight said he would relish the chance to attend the upcoming training camp.

“I’m going to go in there, and just suck up everything, be like a sponge, a bit like my hair (laughs), just absorb everything.”

Speight insisted his attention is still firmly with the Brumbies and on the task at hand.

“I got a couple against the Rebels, last year at home, so hopefully I can repeat that this 
weekend.”

Head coach Stephen Larkham said his side was looking forward to the challenge. 

“We have to win every game for here on in, but that’s not a bad challenge is it?

"If at the start of the year someone said to you, you’ve got three games to win and you’ll get to the final, you’d probably take that.”