Brumbies on the hunt for the full 80 minutes performance against Jaguares

Lachlan Roberts 20 April 2018

Sam Carter has been impressive off the bench after returning from a concussion. Photo: Photox – Canberra Photography Services.

Brumbies captain Sam Carter said that everytime his side built pressure against the Highlanders last weekend, errors and lack of a clinical edge released the pressure.

The 16-test lock said the home side is on the hunt for a complete 80-minute performance and is confident they will turn their form around against the Jaguares this Sunday (22nd April).

The ACT side has been hit and miss this season and have not managed to string consecutive wins together and the skipper believes key errors at important moments in the match have haunted the Brumbies’ season.

“I think there have been really positive parts and we’re playing well in patches but we haven’t put an 80-minute performance out there,” he said.

“The Reds was our most complete performance but against the Highlanders, we needed to be playing for 80 minutes, we didn’t against a quality opposition and they capitalised.

“It’s just key moments, building pressure and releasing pressure. Every time we did something good we’d do something bad and let them back into the game.”

Brumbies tighthead prop Allan Alaalatoa echoed Carter’s comments as the Brumbies faded against the Highlanders, who piled on three tries in 10 minutes after the 60-minute mark.

“We just have to be more clinical in the back end of the game. We played well last week in the first 60 minutes but a game of rugby goes for 80,” he said.

“You can always say we played well but we didn’t get the win so you have to look hard at yourself which is what we’ve been doing this week and are just looking to get better.”

“I’m expecting a physical battle up front. It’s going to be exciting, it’s something they pride their game of and to meet them up front is going to be huge for us. I’m looking forward to it.”

In Brumbies team news, Christian Lealiifano has been rested from the Brumbies’ clash against the Jaguares on Sunday afternoon, with Kyle Godwin set to replace him at inside centre.

Scrumhalf Joe Powell has been recalled to the starting side and Henry Speight will play his 100th Super Rugby game after missing the last two matches. Carter is also back in the starting side for the first time in five weeks.

Brumbies: 15. Tom Banks, 14. Henry Speight, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 12. Kyle Godwin, 11. Chance Peni, 10. Wharenui Hawera, 9. Joe Powell, 8. Isi Naisarani, 7. David Pocock, 6. Tom Cusack, 5. Sam Carter, 4. Rory Arnold, 3. Allan Alaalatoa, 2. Folau Faingaa, 1. Scott Sio. Reserves: 16. Robbie Abel, 17. Mees Erasmus, 18. Nic Mayhew, 19. Darcy Swain, 20. Michael Oakman-Hunt, 21. Matt Lucas, 22. Jordan Jackson-Hope, 23. Andrew Smith.

SUPER RUGBY ROUND 10 – Brumbies vs Jaguares at GIO Stadium, Sunday 4:05 pm

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