Melbourne don’t have any special plans for gun Brumbies flanker David Pocock, backing their men to match him in their crunch Super Rugby clash.
They will be bolstered on Friday night by the return of some injured players including former Test fullback Mike Harris, who hasn’t played since suffering a quad injury in round one.
Flanker Colby Fainga’a, set to start at AAMI Park against his former side, said his team weren’t treating it as a do or die affair.
But it was a match they want to win to try and build some momentum heading into the back end of the season.
To do that they need to stop Pocock but Fainga’a said the Rebels backrow of Sean McMahon, Adam Thomson and himself were up to it.
“David’s obviously one of the best in the world and has shown it consistently over the years so it will be a good test for our backrow,” Fainga’a said.
“We pride ourselves on our breakdown as well so we know that he’s there but I don’t think we’re going to change a whole lot.”
Fainga’a said it would be to his team’s peril to single out Pocock with so many other good players in the Brumbies line-up.
The Rebels had a breakthrough win in Canberra when they met last year although have only won three of 10 meetings.
After a brief stint at the top of the Australian conference the Rebels dropped back to third and face a tough run home to the finals.
But Fainga’a said the team wasn’t putting too much pressure on themselves just yet.
“There’s still a few games to go so it’s not going to be end if we don’t win this game but I know we’ve put a lot of effort into this weekend,” he said.