5/3/2013

Speight Flies For Brumbies


University of Canberra Brumbies winger Henry Speight is fully focussed on guiding his club to a third championship and has no qualms in missing Wallabies selection in 2013.

The Fijian flyer, who has been outstanding in the highly rated Brumbies back-line of 2013, is still awaiting approval for permanent residency in Australia, meaning he cannot represent the Wallabies until then.

But the leading try-scorer so far in the Super 15 showed little concern for that, saying that if he was, his form for the Brumbies would not be as it is now.

"I just want to play for the Brumbies and hopefully get a championship out of it," said Speight.

"If you play well for the Brumbies, and if you're doing well, I think that's the main focus first and foremost."

"If you're doing a good job here, then higher honours will take care of itself."

Speight was happy with his efforts and growth as a player for the Brumbies, and said he has been lucky to play in such a strong backline.

"If it's not the tough work and the platform that's been set, then it wouldn't be too good," he said.

Brumbies backs coach Steve Larkham said that Speight reads the game very well, and has been impressive ever since he joined the club.

He praised Speight for a solid 12 month effort which has seen improvements in his attacking game.

"He  just knows where to be,  he knows when to make tackles and where to be to make tackles," he said.

"Stats don't lie. He's the leading try scorer of the comp this year, and was the leading Australian try scorer of the comp last year. He's a tremendous asset in terms of our attack."

While he said he is not focussed on Wallabies selections at the moment, he said he would love to see Speight in a Wallabies jersey.

"He's well deserved of an Australian position at this stage. He's worked tremendously hard over the last couple of years and I think he would benefit from that next level," he said.

The Brumbies outside backs have been on fire this season, scoring 20 tries between them so far, including four last Saturday in the 41-7 thrashing of the Western Force.

Larkham said they have focussed on looking at the best way to win the competition, and getting the ball to their wingers has been in the plans.

Looking towards the vital clash against arch rival the Crusaders on Sunday, he said there would be a harder test.

But he was confident that if his men stuck to their structures, they would pull through.

"Its really pleasing that these guys are getting their hands on the ball, because they are genuinely one of the most dangerous back three in the competition," he said.