Jake's Brumbies set to run wild

2012-07-03 09:48

Sydney - The new generation Brumbies have consistently broken records this year and they insist the scars of the past will not prevent them from breaking their Sydney hoodoo on Saturday.

Just 12 months after being embarrassed by the Waratahs at ANZ Stadium, the Brumbies are poised to end a painful 16-year stretch in Sydney.

The Brumbies have beaten the Waratahs at home just once - but with Jake White's men closing in on the finals, it could be the Brumbies' turn to inflict pain.

The rejuvenated team have unexpectedly started restoring pride this year. They became the first Brumbies team to win in Wellington in nine years, had the club's most successful two-game tour of South Africa and have more than doubled the amount of wins they secured last year.

With just five survivors from the starting XV that was demolished 41-7 at ANZ Stadium last year, attack coach Stephen Larkham said the new side had no fear of playing in Sydney. ''We went up there with big expectations last year, we didn't want to lay down even though our season was over,'' he said.

''The Waratahs are a different side at home, they're hard to beat. We generally win at home and they would win up there when I was playing … this year it's different with where we're sitting. We can make what we want of this season and the way we're playing and the headspace we're in, there's a lot of confidence there, our game is at a far higher standard than what it was last year.''

The Waratahs have lost their past six games and haven't played since losing to the Hurricanes on June 2.

Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Peter Kimlin, Pat McCabe and Andrew Smith are the only survivors from the Brumbies' starting side that succumbed to a Waratahs onslaught in June last year and the memory of ending the team's worst season on a sour note still lingers.

But outside-centre Smith said new faces brought new enthusiasm and a confidence that the Brumbies could topple the Waratahs at home.

''It was tough last year, the boys weren't really up for it and the Waratahs saw that,'' he said.

''That's the message this week, we have to be ready to go and we have to be on.''

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  • jason.children - 2012-07-03 09:53

    Its amazing what a good coach can do!!!

  • burtfred.brown - 2012-07-03 10:00

    What's with the funny glasses, Jake?

  • charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-03 10:17

    Jake was always a class winning coach, doesn't matter what his SA-haters say. Brumbies by 7

      Pat - 2012-07-03 11:23

      67% win ratio... not good enough!!

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-03 11:39

      What's the Brumbies' win ratio since Jake's been there? Oh, and if you think you can do better, successfully juggling SA's political interference in sport, and SARU's 'groot sakemanne' panel of presidents, then you try!

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 18:59

      pat, the idiot

      Pat - 2012-07-03 23:52

      tom the turd!!

  • sean.bagley.50 - 2012-07-03 10:49

    The latest Scrum V opinion poll: Who will claim the Super Rugby title in 2012? Chiefs 557 votes Stormers 290 votes Crusaders 188 votes Bulls 122 votes Reds 75 votes Sharks 42 votes Hurricanes 37 vote Brumbies 32 votes So some people don't rate Jake White's Brumbies very highly as overall winners of the competition.Still its a long shot in'nit?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 19:01

      long shot for the stormers to pull through. not the longest shot for the brumbies or bulls or saders or chiefs to win this thing. nice limey slang there, in' stupid

  • christo.vanderwalt.923 - 2012-07-03 11:15

    Well done coach. "Funny glasses" what's that got to do with anything rugby?

  • Rob - 2012-07-03 11:21

    The Lions lost an opportunity to have him as coach when he was in the wilderness looking for a job and would not have the problems they are having now. Jake is now lost to SA and he will more than likely not come back.

      charlesdumbwin.dumbwin - 2012-07-03 11:40

      You can thanks the SARU groot sakemanne for that.

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 19:01

      they would have the same issues because the lions franchise is loaded with prima donnas

  • yvettesteven.loots - 2012-07-03 11:48

    Jake jou yster

  • Bossie - 2012-07-03 11:55

    Maybe a good coach.. I will give him that. Unfortunately he's not a team player and always put his own agendas first.. Give it another year at the Brumbies..

      shooshyu.tu - 2012-07-03 16:45

      Just like John Smit?

      tom.tardis - 2012-07-03 19:02

      puts his own agendas first cos he didnt want puke watson in the team

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