Confident: Brumbies winger Joe Tomane believes his side can get its Super Rugby season back on track. Photo: Matt BedfordACT Brumbies winger Joe Tomane insists his side can get its Super Rugby campaign back on track and ensure finals don’t become a distant memory.
The Brumbies need to snap out of their funk when they host the in-form Otago Highlanders at Canberra Stadium on Friday night.
Having burst out of the blocks at the start of the season, the Brumbies have lost three of their past four games to have the NSW Waratahs hot on their tail in the Australian conference.
The Brumbies are only three competition points ahead of the Waratahs, who have a game in hand.
There is also a lengthy injury toll for the ACT side to deal with, although fullback Jesse Mogg and outside centre Tevita Kuridrani are both chances to return against the Highlanders.
Tomane isn’t using the absence of several Wallabies representatives as excuses, confident there is enough depth in the squad to right the ship.
”I’m very confident we can get it back on track,” Tomane said.
“We’ve sort of fallen off the rails a bit the last couple of weeks, but we’re at home so that improves our chances to find our groove again.
“We do have a hard road to the finals, but there’s a lot of belief in the systems and the game plans.”
The Brumbies have a challenging schedule for the remaining seven weeks of the regular season.
After facing the Highlanders (6-2), they host the Waratahs in what looms as a make-or-break game for their campaign.
They then embark on a daunting two-week trip to South Africa to take on the Cape Town Stormers (6-3) and the Johannesburg Lions (5-4).
The Brumbies then have their second bye before games against the Pretoria Bulls (6-3), Western Force (1-8) and the Canterbury Crusaders (4-5).
The absence of Wallabies flyhalf Matt Toomua (ankle) and scrumhalf Nic White (ankle) has put more responsibility on the shoulders of Christian Lealiifano.
Wearing the No.10 jersey in last weekend’s 13-8 loss to the Melbourne Rebels for the first time this season, Lealiifano reverted to inside centre when Rodney Iona came off the bench.
Lealiifano said the side had been more disappointed with the way it had played than the results.
“I don’t feel like it’s off track,” Lealiifano said.
“We’ve lost a couple of games and we’ve been right in it, we haven’t played that well.
“We truly believe once we get our game going and execute that then we’ll be fine.”
The Highlanders are yet to rest their three All Blacks – fullback and co-captain Ben Smith, halfback Aaron Smith and centre Malakai Fekitoa – for their mandatory two-week period, but are expected to be at full strength against the Brumbies.
“They’ve got a stacked backline, they’re backline is amazing,” Tomane said.
“They’ve got someone like Ben Smith, who has an amazing combination of strength, speed and skill.
“We’ve got to do a lot of homework this week for Friday night’s clash because these guys can hurt us all over the place.”
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