Brumbies full back Tom Banks said he hasn’t got a point to prove against his former club as the Brumbies face the Reds at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night.
The 23-year-old is wary of a wounded Queensland side who will aim to bounce back after their disappointing loss against the Rebels in their season opener.
The Reds will also be without their new skipper Scott Higginbotham who was suspended for three matches by the judiciary for a dangerous tackle in their round one loss.
Banks, who made his Super Rugby debut for the Reds against the Brumbies in 2015, said his old side will bounce back.
“I always love playing Queensland because I did get my start there and there’s a bit of history there,” Banks said.
“When there is so much hype in the offseason over what they have tried to build and they have a season opener like that, they are going to bounce back as hard as they can. We have to weather the storm early and then look to play our own game.”
“This is a really crucial match for us, they will really want to win after that performance and it is really crucial for our season.”
Banks admitted there is work to be done on his side’s attack.
“It’s always hard, the first game of the season. You’re just trying to get your structures together but there were some good glimpses there and we had some really good passages of play,” Banks said.
“The structure we are trying to play will take a little bit of time but we are looking a lot better. You still have to go through them before you go around them and you don’t want silly offloads or things like that.”
Banks also praised captain Lealiifano’s calming influence over the team in their come from behind win over the Sunwolves over the weekend.
The Brumbies trailed the Sunwolves 19-8 after the first half an hour in Tokyo as the Canberra side struggled early.
“He’s such a calming influence, especially on the field,” Banks said of Lealiifano.
“He is so influential in what he says and he is really calm on the field.”
The Brumbies turned it around in the second half to secure a season-opening win, with Banks getting on the score sheet.
Brumbies head coach Dan McKellar has made two changes to the starting XV with Rory Arnold and Lachlan McCaffrey coming into the side.
Lock Arnold replaces his brother Richie in the second row with McCaffrey, who made a try-scoring appearance for the luckless Rob Valetini against the Sunwolves in Tokyo, beginning his first Brumbies Super Rugby match since 2014.
The Brumbies face the Reds at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Friday evening with the match live on Fox Sports.
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