Brumbies culture the key to upset
BRUMBIES skipper Sam Carter says his side will use their history of big game boilovers to pull off one of the great upsets on Friday in their quarter- final against the Hurricanes, while Christian Lealiifano is in line to make a return to the squad.
Canberra will host the first quarter- final of 2017 with the Brumbies playing the defending champion Hurricanes, and attempting to become the first Australian team this year to defeat a Kiwi rival.
“We haven’t spoken about not beating a Kiwi side this year, the last time we did coincidentally happened to be against the Hurricanes,” Carter said.
“But that’s not something we will talk about either.
“It’s a good chance for us, anytime we get to play finals footy we get pretty excited and it brings out the best in us.
“We’ve seen that before, we’ve had a couple of those moments, we won in Pretoria in 2013, went to Hamilton the next year ( and narrowly lost the Super Rugby final to the Chiefs), we’ve had three other finals. “This is a big game for us.” And it could be a huge one if Carter’s co- captain Christian Lealiifano, who was diagnosed with leukaemia last year, makes his first Super Rugby appearance in the playoff.
“He was very close the last couple of weeks, so I am hopeful he will be in the squad,” Carter said. “We won’t know for another couple of days.”
Carter and fellow Wallabies Allan Alaalatoa, Rory Arnold and Joe Powell, as well as flanker Chris Alcock, are all expected to return for the Brumbies after being rested from last Saturday’s 28- 10 loss to the Chiefs.