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Saturday night is a cross-road for both the CA Technologies Brumbies and the Hurricanes having made less than satisfying starts to their 2011 Super Rugby seasons.
The CA Technologies Brumbies have lost five of their first six matches – including five on the trot – making tonight’s match against the Hurricanes one of the most important of their season.
But with 10 games to play in the season anything is possible and the team has not given up hope of making the finals in June.
A switch up in the backline against the Highlanders proved an effective move, with more cohesion and fluid movement resulting from the likes of Christian Lealiifano, Matt Giteau and Matt Toomua combining on the park.
Captain Matt Giteau said he was looking forward to seeing that combination move forward and grow against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.
"Which ever way we go we've got to stick with it for a while and trust in it," Giteau said.
"You've got to stick with those three ... whatever way you decide you've got to stick with it to really get those combinations going.
"Injuries are out of our control so that will disrupt things, but where you can I think you'd like to have the same normality of having the same team."
More of the same from that combination will be needed if the CA Technologies Brumbies are to take home their first win since 19 February this year.
Out of the fire have come some major positives for the ACT based team, including the emergence of the most dominant scrum in Super Rugby. Even with the loss of Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore, the CA Technologies Brumbies scrum has dominated every side it has come up against and will be working hard for more hard work on Saturday.
The Hurricanes are smarting from the same win record as the CA Technologies Brumbies in 2011 – just one – and will be desperate to show their fans there is more to them than what has been on display to date.
Their loss two-weeks ago to the Rebels was one they will want to forget. Up 17-0 after 17 minutes, the Canes capitulated, going down 42-25.
Centre Ma’a Nonu has gone on record saying it’s the most distressed he has ever felt during a Super Rugby season and he is working on turning everything around against the CA Technologies Brumbies.
The Hurricanes and the CA Technologies Brumbies faced off earlier in the year during a trial match at Viking Park. The match, which resulted in a draw, proved both teams have got plenty to offer in attack – an exciting prospect for any rugby fan watching this game.
So strap yourselves in and get ready for one of the most dynamic games of the season as the CA Technologies Brumbies prepare to get their season back on track with a big win over the Hurricanes.
The CA Technologies Brumbies face the Hurricanes at Canberra Stadium, Saturday, April 9. Kick-off 7.35pm.