Rugby: On song Brumbies ready for Waratahs

2012-07-04 00:00

SYDNEY — The new-look Brumbies have consistently broken records this year and they insist the scars of the past will not prevent them from breaking their Sydney hoodoo on Saturday.

Just 12 months after being embarrassed by the Waratahs at ANZ Stadium, the Brumbies are poised to end a painful 16-year stretch in Sydney.

The Brumbies have beaten the Waratahs at home just once — but with Jake White’s men closing in on the finals, it could be the Brumbies’ turn to inflict pain.

The rejuvenated team have unexpectedly started restoring pride this year. They became the first Brumbies team to win in Wellington in nine years, had the club’s most successful two-game tour of South Africa and have more than doubled the amount of wins they secured last year.

With just five survivors from the starting XV that was demolished 41-7 at ANZ Stadium last year, attack coach Stephen Larkham said the new side had no fear of playing in Sydney. “We went up there with big expectations last year, we didn’t want to lay down even though our season was over.

“The Waratahs are a different side at home, they’re hard to beat. We generally win at home and they would win up there when I was playing … this year it’s different with where we’re sitting. We can make what we want of this season and the way we’re playing and the headspace we’re in …our game is at a far higher standard than what it was last year.”

The Waratahs have lost their past six games.

Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Peter Kimlin, Pat McCabe and Andrew Smith are the only survivors from the Brumbies’ starting side that succumbed to a Waratahs onslaught last year and the memory of ending the team’s worst season on a sour note still lingers.

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