New Brumbies coach shows faith in team
NEW coach Tony Rea opted to give Brumbies players a chance to redeem themselves in tomorrow’s Super Rugby clash with the Queensland Reds.
Preparing for his first match in charge following Tuesday’s sacking of Andy Friend, former assistant Rea made only one forced change to the starting team that slumped to a shock loss to newcomers Melbourne Rebels last week.
Line-breaking loose forward Colby Faingaa moves from the bench to replace the suspended Mitchell Chapman at blindside breakaway.
‘‘ It has been a reasonably turbulent week, so we are looking for a bit of stability in the team,’’ said Rea with some understatement yesterday. ‘‘ A lot of guys want to get back after the performance of last week where they were not really happy with themselves as a rugby team.’’
The Brumbies’ attack, marshalled by Matt Giteau at five eighth, failed to take advantage of having three quarters of possession, foundering in the face of fierce Rebels defence in their one-point away loss.
Rea was ready to take a bigger part on match day than in his previous role of defence coach, which he has kept following the promotion. ‘‘ It is different from my end,’’ Rea said. ‘‘ Probably I’ll have to talk a little bit more than I have before.’’