Bulls beware: the Brumbies’ lineout attacking platform is back in business, according to David Pocock, and could be the key to overturning the club’s Super Rugby form slump.
The superstar flanker is confident the issues that have led to four losses in six games have been fixed ahead of Friday’s crucial clash at GIO Stadium.
The Canberra-based franchise will be without inside centre Matt Toomua for the clash at GIO Stadium due to a knee injury suffered in last weekend’s loss to the Highlanders in Invercargill.
They do, however, welcome back Wallabies stars Stephen Moore, Scott Sio and Ben Alexander to their starting front row, plus Rory Arnold at lock.
James Dargaville will get his first start of the season on the wing, with Robbie Coleman shifting to inside centre in place of Toomua.
The Brumbies sit behind the Melbourne Rebels on the Australian conference, equal on points with rivals the NSW Waratahs in a battle for Australia’s single guaranteed finals berth.
But Pocock isn’t worried.
“I thought the effort was great (last week) and we held onto the ball for long periods of time,” he said on Thursday.
“But there are probably one or two things we can improve on and take our game hopefully to the next level.
“One of the biggest things was the lineout, we got penalised a few times, so we’ve fixed that this week.”
Brumbies: Aidan Toua, Nigel Ah Wong, Tevita Kuridrani, Robbie Coleman, James Dargaville, Christian Lealiifano (capt), Tomas Cubelli, Jarrad Butler, David Pocock, Scott Fardy, Sam Carter, Rory Arnold, Ben Alexander, Stephen Moore (c), Scott Sio. Reserves: Josh Mann-Rea, Allan Alaalatoa, Ruan Smith, Tom Staniforth, Blake Enever, Jordan Smiler, Joe Powell, Lausii Taliauli.