VIDEO: Brumbies brush-up attack for Sharks' visit

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 08:44

SUPER RUGBY SPOTLIGHT: Fresh from signing an extension to his Brumbies contract, that will see him remain with the club until the end of the 2019 Super Rugby season, fullback Tom Banks is expecting better things this weekend.

After returning to training and some recovery time planned later this week, following their return from Melbourne, the team is looking to perfect their execution in attack.

Outside back Banks expressed his confidence that, after looking at the feedback from last week’s game against the Rebels, the boys are feeling positive about their attacking form this weekend when they face South African side the Sharks.

"We know what we can do when we execute our strategies and we didn’t do that in patches of the game that were pretty crucial against the Rebels," Banks said. "The belief’s there and we know what we’re capable of if we get it right.

"I wouldn’t say we’re on the back-foot, but I’d say we’re probably underdogs, but it’s a title we’re happy to go with. We know what we can do when we put our structures together and we execute, so we’re ready as much as we can be,"

Banks also reflected on the start of the season and how the travel had affected the team after tough road trips to Tokyo, Brisbane and Victoria.

"It’s a pretty tough way to start the season, especially with three away games but that’s the thing, we want come back, we want to build confidence because our structures are there," he said.

"We’re creating space and we’ve got to take those opportunities as we make them, so obviously, at home this week, we’ve just got to try and get the win,"

Backs coach, Peter Hewat, also mentioned that the team was pleased to be back on familiar soil this weekend.

"It’s great to be home this week in front of the home fans, after being away for four weeks with the Sunshine Coast trial and the Brisbane 10s, over in Tokyo and [then] the two away games," Hewat commented.

"So yeah, it’s really pleasing for us to be home this week in front of our fans and a full week of training, we’ll see how we go on Saturday night against the Sharks,"

Hewat noted that the team has been low on energy over the last couple of weeks and the coaching staff were keen to rectify that on Saturday evening.

"I think we were down on energy against the Reds and then again on Friday," Hewat revealed. "I think we started the game well but then, we lost a little bit of spark through both halves. Whether that’s fatigue or the travel we’ve done, that’s something we’re looking to get into the game, get some enthusiasm and some spark in by the end of this week.

"We’re looking to continue to play up-tempo and play attacking rugby and just hopefully, this week, bring that spark, that enthusiasm into that game and start finishing the chances that we’re creating,"

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Fri, 23 March 2018
Connacht v Edinburgh 22h00 Sportsground
Munster v Scarlets 22h00 Thomond Park
Dragons v Cheetahs 22h00 Rodney Parade
Ospreys v Leinster 22h00 Liberty Stadium
Cardiff Blues v Ulster 22h00 Cardiff Arms Park
Glasgow Warriors v Zebre 22h00 Scotstoun
Kings v Treviso 22h00 Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
Crusaders v Bulls 06h35 Christchurch
Rebels v Sharks 08h45 Melbourne
Bath v Exeter Chiefs 19h45 Recreation Ground
Sat, 24 March 2018
Sunwolves v Chiefs 04h15 Tokyo
Hurricanes v Highlanders 06h35 Wellington
Saracens v Harlequins 15h00 London
London Irish v Gloucester 15h00 Madejski Stadium
Sale Sharks v Worcester Warriors 15h00 AJ Bell Stadium
Stormers v Reds 15h15 Newlands
Newcastle Falcons v Northampton Saints 17h30 Kingston Park
Jaguares v Lions 21h40 Estadio Jose Amalfitani
Sun, 18 March 2018
Waratahs v Rebels 51 | 27
Sat, 17 March 2018
Jaguares v Reds 7 | 18
Wales v France 14 | 13
Lions v Sunwolves 40 | 38
England v Ireland 15 | 24
Stormers v Blues 37 | 20
Italy v Scotland 27 | 29
Brumbies v Sharks 24 | 17
Highlanders v Crusaders 25 | 17
Fri, 16 March 2018
Cardiff Blues v Treviso 31 | 25
Edinburgh v Munster 12 | 6
Chiefs v Bulls 41 | 28
Sun, 11 March 2018
Wales v Italy 38 | 14
Sat, 10 March 2018
Jaguares v Waratahs 38 | 28
France v England 22 | 16
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Rebels 4 3 0 1 15
Waratahs 4 2 1 1 10
Reds 3 2 0 1 8
Brumbies 4 2 0 2 8
Sunwolves 4 0 0 4 2
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Highlanders 3 3 0 0 13
Hurricanes 3 2 0 1 10
Crusaders 4 2 0 2 10
Chiefs 3 2 0 1 8
Blues 4 1 0 3 6
Pool SA
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 5 4 0 1 19
Stormers 5 2 0 3 9
Sharks 4 1 1 4 9
Bulls 4 1 0 3 5
Jaguares 4 1 0 3 4