This Friday night, the University of Canberra Brumbies will face off against New Zealand’s capital city provincial team, the Hurricanes. With only six more rounds of the FX Pro Super Rugby competition left, a win is crucial for the away team.
With a freshly signed contract, upgrading him from the extended squad to the University of Canberra Brumbies full time squad, Jesse Mogg is looking forward to the contest, especially after a well deserved break during last weekend’s bye.
The battle between the two capital regions will have tongues wagging as the University of Canberra Brumbies form fullback, Mogg matches up against the Hurricanes try scoring machine, Andre Taylor. Despite Taylor’s exclusion from the All Blacks training squad, he is playing in form.
“He is a very dangerous player with a strong attack, running from the back and also organises a lot out wide for the Hurricanes,” Mogg said.
The University of Canberra Brumbies have been working hard in training without their key player, Christian Lealiifano.
“We have been working on strategies to maximise our attack and minimise their defence”, said Mogg,” he said.
“It’s been tough going without Bruz, he was a standout player for us this year but we are going to treat this game just like any other match.”
Zack Holmes joins the squad as they head over to New Zealand, Mogg is confident that Holmes will slot into the team easily after displaying a hard work ethic during the long pre season.
Mogg predicts that the game will be a tight contest in the forwards with a strong focus on the backs, drawing similarities of the Hurricanes to the way the Highlanders play.
“The backline will have to be on our game with the intent of shutting down their key attacking players,” said Mogg.
Mogg is hoping that the team will “come up with points” from the weekend to maintain the top spot in the Australian conference and create a nice buffer against the Queensland Reds.
The University of Canberra Brumbies are scheduled to fly out Thursday.