They aren’t in the greatest form but Brumbies prop Mees Erasmus is warning the Crusaders to prepare for the full wrath of an angry Brumbies side on Saturday night.
The Brumbies suffered their fourth loss of the season with a sloppy performance against the Jaguares on Sunday afternoon and the Canberra side now faces a team they haven’t beaten in almost a decade.
The Crusaders meanwhile are sitting pretty on top of the New Zealand conference and are coming off a 22-point win over the Sunwolves.
But Erasmus has a feeling that the Crusaders are not going to have it all their own way in Canberra and will end Australia’s 36 match winless streak against Kiwi teams.
“[I have a good feeling that] the Crusaders might come here to Canberra and get the full wrath of the Brumbies.”
“I don’t know how many games the New Zealand teams got over Australian teams, but I have a good feeling about this weekend that it might change,” Erasmus said.
“The boys will be rearing to go after the loss. We know that we made a few dumb mistakes this weekend but we will come back hard this week.”
The South African born prop believes the Brumbies need to conquer their biggest hurdle – their mental side – if they are to cause a major boilover in Canberra.
The 23-year-old received his first cap for the Brumbies after coming off the bench during the Brumbies loss to the Jaguares.
“It’s an incredible feeling, just running out there, goosebumps all over and straight into a scrum, so that made me just forget about everything,” he said on Tuesday morning.
The ginger prop said he knew of the big rivalry between the Crusaders and Brumbies even when he was living in South Africa.
“I definitely know about the rivalry. Growing up, I obviously watch the games and it’s pretty big in South Africa as well when the Crusaders play the Brumbies,” he said.
“Its definitely going to be a big challenge playing against New Zealand teams, but I back our team and our squad’s ability to take them on.”
“We just have to iron out a few errors and we will be good.”
Brumbies vs Crusaders at GIO Stadium, Saturday 7:45 pm. Tickets at Ticketek.