The ACT Brumbies may have suffered an unexpected and lazy loss to the Queensland Reds in round one at home, but in the last two weeks the 2013 grand finalists have again shown their true colours.
After the round one loss Brumbies fans feared that too much change had occurred since Jake White’s coaching departure, and an expectation of failure was placed on the team.
But in the last fortnight the Brumbies have come away from two tough road trips with wins, and this is why I think they can still contest the grand final this season.
The travelled to Perth following a loss in round two and combined beautifully to dispatch the Force.
This was followed by something even better in Wellington, New Zealand with a bonus point dispatch of the Hurricanes.
And most rugby fans will tell you Westpac Stadium is one of the hardest places to win.
While the Reds game was the first for coaches Steve Larkham and Laurie Fisher under the new system, they have since proved their worth, and the team has shown it can still compose itself in tough situations.
Aside from an ankle injury to Pat McCabe, the only loss for the side has been that of veteran David Pocock, who will again miss the rest of a season due to a knee reconstruction.
The Brumbies return home this Saturday in what is their biggest annual fixture- at Canberra Stadium against the NSW Waratahs.
Despite a comfortable win for the home side in last year’s fixture, this will be no easy task as a vicious, star-studded Waratahs lead the Super Rugby with a for and against of 75-26.
The likes of Israel Folau, Kurtley Beale, Benn Robinson and former Brumby Adam Ashley-Cooper have worked a treat.
But the Brumbies composure has so far shown signs of the same they performed last year.
Larkham and Fisher have shown their qualities in specializing in both attack and defence, and the team should handle the onslaught thrown by the Tahs.
BUT. Whats is your opinion, the fans?