Brumbies Women’s Buildcorp Super W Head Coach Adam Butt was beaming during an interview this week when discussing his team’s victory over the Melbourne Rebels, seeing the Canberrans defeat their opposition 69-0.
The Brumbies ran in eleven tries as they dismantled the Rebels at Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan, keeping alive their hopes of finals football in the progress.
Despite the manner of the big victory Butt was quick to dismiss any thoughts that his pre-game words of wisdom had the desired effect.
“I’m not huge on words to be honest, I kind of just like the girls to go out there and just play the game,” Butt said. “We only played them less than a month ago, and so we knew what to expect. They always bring a physical game, and the girls came off saying that it was quite physical”
Upon reflection, the head coach proving to be modest after a 69-0 victory, praising his team’s performance but suggesting that, as always, there is room for improvement ahead of a tricky trip to Brisbane to face Queensland next week.
“I thought we were good in patches, our first half was very good, especially the first 20 minutes,” Butt commented. “Unfortunately, in the second half we were a bit scrappy” After a gruelling preseason and a competitive start to the competition the players will feel relaxed and recuperated after this short break in the Super W fixtures. When asked how his players will keep their heads in the game, Butt was quick to defend his teams work ethic.
“We will try to knuckle down in the training sessions,” Butt said. “They all love a laugh and a joke, but when we get to the session, we try to get them to switch on. They know that this is the paving of ways for future athletes and so they’re pretty switched on.
Focusing on the next game, where the Brumbies Women are set to take on one of the tournament favourites in Queensland, Butt further sets in stone his principles of a week to week mentality. And next week, the Brumbies Women will be looking to win. On a lighter side, when asked about pre-match superstitions, the Super W debutante coach, like many players has his ‘musts’ before every game.
“Look, it’s very important in this competition to win the next game, with it being so short, you can’t afford to drop a game. So, any win that you can get in money in the bank. But you’ve got to do your homework.
“As for superstitions, yeah, I do have a few actually, I have a Coke before every game. I don’t know why, I started doing it a few years ago, and I don’t know, it just settles me down, I should probably switch to Coke Zero though!”
Words: Natasha Prior