A run of three away games will be a test of the Brumbies’ Super Rugby championship credentials, star lock Sam Carter says.
The Canberra-based outfit travel to Perth to face the Western Force on Friday, ahead of clashes with the Stormers in Cape Town and the Cheetahs in Bloemfontein.
It follows a stellar start to the season with a round-one bonus-point victory over last year’s finalists the Hurricanes and a hoodoo-breaking derby win over semi-finalists the NSW Waratahs on Friday.
It puts them clear on top of the Australian conference after two weeks.
“We’ve obviously got off to a good start but now we’ve got three games on the road,” Wallabies star Carter said on Monday.
“It’s important to get these wins away because if we come and we’ve got a good result in Perth and then South Africa, then we’ll be shaping well for the season.
“Our goal is to win, to win away, and to win well.”
Carter said he preferred travelling to South Africa early in the season, with the team still feeling fresh.
“Going away now is better, but obviously we still have to get the results and play well,” he said.
Fellow lock Blake Enever won’t join his teammates on the road after suffering AC joint damage to his shoulder in the game against the Waratahs.
The news was better than expected with scans revealing he won’t need surgery, but will still miss four to five weeks of action.
“It’s a shame for him, especially because he was very good towards the end of last year and he trained well over the off-season,” added Carter.
“He got his opportunity last week and unfortunately he got injured.
“But I guess these things happen.”
Rory Arnold is his likely replacement, having started in the Brumbies’ season-opener against the ‘Canes.