21 Apr Fardy insists players must look within themselves
Plus500 Brumbies enforcer Scott Fardy is confident the team can come away with a win against the Hurricanes but says the side must look within themselves rather than at the opposition.
The Brumbies arrived in Napier on Thursday in preparation for their Saturday night clash with the defending champions. Fardy said that while the Hurricanes are a daunting prospect the worst thing the team can do it over think who they are playing.
“It’s just a different colour jersey,” Fardy said.
“Obviously they are a quality opposition but I think you have to look within yourself and see how you are playing. We were guilty of perhaps sitting on our heels a bit against the Rebels at times, not getting on our toes and getting forward and playing our natural game.
“We want our players to go out there and express themselves and play as well as they can. If you are worrying too much about the opposition then you aren’t going to do that.”
While Fardy conceded the dominance Kiwi sides hold over their Australian counterparts, he insisted the only way to break it was to concentrate on their own game.
“Every game is an opportunity to change that perception and they deserve all the writing up they get. It’s a challenge to go over there and win but you have to look more within yourself than the opposition.
“To beat them you have to play well yourself, that’s the basis of the whole game, you have to play well. You don’t want to overthink the opposition, you just want to play your natural game. That means making teams go with you, not waiting to see what they do.”
This season has seen a move away from an overtly structured game plan. A 43-10 thumping of Queensland a fortnight ago showed the Super Rugby world just how lethal the Brumbies team can be when players trust their instincts.
Fardy said the evolution of their game will be crucial for future success.
“To go well in this competition over a number of years it’s been proven you do need to play an expansive game of rugby. I think we are developing that style, it’s a week by week thing. Guys need confidence to be able to go and do that.
“I know myself I’ve always played my rugby in a structured environment but that needs to change. I’ve learnt more this year than in previous years and being with the younger players helps to learn that more unstructured style. They’ve got really good skills and you want to see them use them.”
Words: Dominic Unwin