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'We're definitely full of confidence': How Brumbies plan to beat Blues

By AAP
Noah Lolesio. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Playmaker Noah Lolesio says the Brumbies must keep their discipline in check to trouble the Blues and keep their Super Rugby Pacific title hopes alive.

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The teams will meet on Saturday at Auckland’s Eden Park – usually a graveyard for Australian rugby teams – with a grand final berth on the line.

In their regular round meeting last month the Brumbies looked to have snared a shock victory in Canberra only for Beauden Barrett to slot a field goal after the full-time siren.

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“It went down to the last minute and we were probably a ruck or two away from winning that game, which would have been a famous victory in Canberra,” Lolesio said on Monday.

The Brumbies showed their grit to even be in a winning position until that moment given the penalty count.

Folau Fainga’a and Darcy Swain were sin-binned as an early 12-1 penalty count took its toll.

The eventual tally was 16-5 and Lolesio said the Brumbies would need to be better to oust the Blues, who are on a 13-game winning streak.

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“We took a lot of lessons from that. Obviously we’ve got to be more disciplined – I remember the penalty count wasn’t favouring us at all,” the young Wallabies playmaker said.

“Us backs, we need to kick better too. It’s something I thought we did really well against the Hurricanes.”

As Australia’s only final four representative, the Brumbies will travel to New Zealand with their tails up after a rousing second half lifted them to a 35-25 win over the Hurricanes.

The Blues advanced courtesy of a 29-point romp over the Highlanders in their quarter-final.

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All Blacks wizard Barrett was again the star, scoring two tries and setting up another.

With a full house at Eden Park expected as the Blues hunt their first Super title since 2003, the Brumbies know they need a fast start to keep the crowd out of it.

“At Eden Park it will be us 23 against the Blues and also the Blues crowd,”┬áLolesio said.

“We’re definitely full of confidence but we know we’ve got a hard task.”

The Brumbies are hopeful of having Len Ikitau available after the Test centre was sent off in the Hurricanes match for a high tackle.

“That’s our point of difference in this competition – we have tremendous depth in every position,” Lolesio said.

“Lenny is a huge player for us and hopefully he will get the all clear but if not, we go back to next player to slot straight in.

“It’s a real squad mentality here.”

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