New Brumbies coach shows faith in team

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

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.’’

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