17 Mar Brumbies raring to go for grudge match against Waratahs
Plus500 Brumbies captain Sam Carter is confident his side will be up for the challenge when they meet arch-rivals the Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday night.
With the NSW side coming off a winless tour of South Africa, Carter maintained his team would be wary but undaunted facing a side with several Wallabies present.
“I think any time you play the Tahs there’s no extra motivation needed,” Carter said at the Captain’s Run on Friday.
“I’m really looking forward to the contest. It’s a typical Waratahs team, they’re going to be physical and run the ball a lot so it’s going to be a tough match that’s for sure. If we counter all their threats and defend as a team then we’ll go a long way towards winning the match.”
The Brumbies triumphed over a tough Force side last week but despite the 25-17 result, Carter believes the team still needs to work towards a complete performance.
“It’s just about consistency really. We’ve played well in patches against the Crusaders, Sharks and Force but we still haven’t played consistently through the 80 minutes so that’s something we’ll be focusing on this weekend.”
One player hoping for just that is Jordan Jackson-Hope. The 20-year old back has been named on the bench for the derby and is desperate not to let the opportunity pass him by.
“Bernie and I spoke a little bit about that [opportunity],” Jackson-Hope said.
“He was happy with how I was going but I did just have to be patient. Now that my opportunity is here I don’t want to waste it.”
The St Edmunds College junior admitted to feeling some nerves before the big game but said he was confident he could play at this level.
“I’m pretty excited, pretty nervous as well. This is my first opportunity at Super Rugby this year and I am really looking forward to it. I’ve had a few trial games this year so I’m feeling confident in my ability.”
The Brumbies will look to consolidate their position on top of the Australian Conference when they meet the Waratahs at Allianz Stadium with kick-off at 7:45pm.
Words: Dominic Unwin
Image: John Young