3/9/2012

Nic sets sights on beating Cheetahs


University of Canberra Brumbies scrumhalf Nic White is confident his side has done enough hard work to roll the Cheetahs on Saturday at Canberra Stadium.

In line to make his fourth Super Rugby appearance and his first against a non-Australian side, White has already shown he has the ability to be a star player at this level.

White was instrumental in directing the forwards during the week one match against the Force, trucking the big units up-field for the backs to claim clean ball.

The dedicated trainer was forced to sit out the majority of training last week with a heavy flu.

But having overcome the dreaded lurgy this week, the rookie sensation will be looking to press his claims and work towards becoming one of Australia’s premier No 9’s.

“Fortunately for me the bye was good timing, for the rest of the team it might have been good to keep the momentum rolling but it let me get over the flu and I’m feeling much better now,” White said.

“I just came down with a pretty nasty cold, man flu I like to call it, it’s pretty deadly. It was wet and miserable last week so the direction was to stay out of the cold.

“I’ve come through it, I’ve cleared up and by tomorrow I’ll be close to 100 per cent it’s just something I had to work through, I’ve got through it and I’ll be right for the rest of the season.”

White has formed a solid combination with fellow Brumby Matt Toomua in the halves, making them one of the most promising up-and-coming 9-10 combinations in the competition.

“In terms of training we’ve been very good, we’ve had a pretty big emphasis on execution this week, so if we can nail our execution better than them we should come away with a win,” he said.

“My combination with Ben Mowen has been great, he’s a big skilful No 8 and I feel really comfortable with him at the back of the scrum.

“With Matty (Toomua), I’ve played a lot of footy with Matty now, I think we’re pretty comfortable with each other now. I can sort of sense where he is on the field without even looking which is obviously good for combinations.

“We’ve been together as a team now since August so as far as combinations are concerned they're pretty advanced.” 

Saturday, 10 March
Brumbies Rugby Family Day
University of Canberra Brumbies v Cheetahs
Canberra Stadium, Bruce
Kick-off: 3.30pm