Despite sitting on top of the Super Rugby table, University of Canberra Brumbies forward Stephen Moore believes the side should not stress about ladder positions and rather focus on Saturday night’s massive task against the NSW Waratahs.
The Brumbies will make the trip up the highway desperate to hold on to their one point lead at the top of the Australian conference, but face an in-form Waratahs outfit standing in their way.
The Waratahs are coming off an impressive month of rugby which featured a resounding 72-10 thrashing of the Southern Kings and a thrilling 21-15 victory over the Stormers on Saturday night.
But while the Brumbies remain the better performing side in 2013, sitting eleven points clear of the Waratahs in the Australian conference, Moore believes ladder positions won’t matter come kick off.
“ I think one thing we have stressed is not too look at the ladder too much and or say we want to be at this stage by this stage, I think it’s just important to win this weekend and play really well,” Moore said.
“ There are no easy games in this competition, this season has shown that, so you can’t look beyond the current game.
“ This is going to be as hard of a game that we have had all year, so it’s up to us to prepare really well this week and arrive in Sydney ready to play.”
While the Brumbies hold the upper hand over their interstate rivals in recent seasons, having won the last two encounters, Moore expects the Waratahs will be determined to turn this around and continue their good form.
“ Their playing really well and the last two weeks they have performed really well, so their a side in really good form and a very dangerous side,” Moore said.
“ They are a experienced side and they are showing now that they know how to win and they are going to be hungry for a win on Saturday.
“ NSW have the same caliber of players across the board as a team like the Crusaders and they will be in a position to punish us if we make mistakes”
The University of Canberra Brumbies play the NSW Waratahs this Saturday night at ANZ Stadium, Sydney with kick off at 7.40pm.