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Friday's Preview- Brumbies weary of the fury of the Force

  • Friday's Preview- Brumbies weary of the fury of the Force

The ACT Brumbies have made two changes on the field as well as some mental adjustments ahead of their round two clash against the Western Force at NIB Stadium in Perth on Saturday night.

Young talent Robbie Coleman will step in for the first time since the corresponding fixture last year in the absence of Wallbies winger Joe Tomane, who is expected to be out for two weeks with an ankle injury.

Centre Tevita Kuridrani will also return to the starting side.

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But more importantly this week will be the Brumbies' ability to make the correct decisions in the heat of the moment.

The Force were belted 43-21 last week by the NSW Waratahs, but Brumbies Director of Rugby Laurie Fisher is aware of their fury.

"They'll defend well on the back of last week, they'll have a good game plan- probably something similar to last year where they'll just try and frustrate us," said Fisher.

"The errors, a couple of line ball handling errors in our attacking 22, so there are a couple of things to fix up, but a loss tends to sharpen the focus for that."

Fisher will also look to get his big men stronger in the scrum and look to create opportunities from the back of that.

Returning to his home ground for the first time since joining the Brumbies, flanker David Pocock said his side needed better results from the breakdown

"Giving Nick White and the backs some clean ball will have to be focussed on cause they [Reds] really disrupted our break down," he said.

He said the Brumbies could not afford to let the Force's defence frustrate them again like it did last season, when it won 21-15.

"We allowed them to frustrate us and the longer they stayedin the game the more enthusiastic they got, so the important thing is that we make a statement from it in the first 15 to 20 minutes."

"If we get an opportunity to score, we need to score. We need to just take the sting out of them."

The Force are known to lift against te top sides. They toppled the Reds and the Crusaders as well as the Brumbies last season.

Wallabies young star Nick Cummins and former Brumby Zack Holmes were highlights for the Force last week, and will line up against the Brumbies on Saturday.

"Zack's worked really hard on his game and he's been rewarded at the Force starting. Given a bit of space he's pretty dangerous."

Kick off is at 10pm EDT.

Can the Brumbies rectify their errors from last week, or will they fall victim to the Force again?

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