Brumbies relish underdog status in Super W preliminary final


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“I watched it a fair bit and picked a few things out of there. It’s about our execution in attack, reloading quickly and getting in position and giving ourselves an opportunity to use the whole field,” Butt said.

“We’ve been working hard on getting set early. I won’t say too much about our tweaks but we’ve got a few things up our sleeve which we’re hoping to put out there.

“We’ve just put a couple of extra calls into our attack to make it crystal and everyone will know their role.

“The Brumbies organisation has always been the underdog and we relish it. They can write us off at their own peril.”

Wallaroos and Brumbies prop Violeta Tupuola is out with a concussion and has been replaced by Stefanie Stewart-Jones, while Darcy Read comes onto the wing for Brooke Gilroy.

Brumbies skipper Shellie Milward echoed her coach saying they weren’t satisfied just making finals and emphasised the game is more than winnable.

“Walking into the change rooms [after losing to Queensland two weeks ago] you could feel a big sense of disappointment throughout the team,” Milward said.

“Nobody was in there going ‘Oh we only lost by a few points’, it was a very deflating feeling in there because we knew we could have won it.

“It was there to be won but unfortunately we couldn’t get it across the line. That feeling will drive everyone this week to come away with the win.

“We know we have a strong defence but our go forward in attack is something we really needed to fix up and last week we found a bit of space and did that which gives us a lot of confidence this week.

“We always get written-off and so do a lot of other states and the media only focuses on NSW and Queensland but we’re happy to step up and show them it’s not a two-horse race.”

SUPER W PRELIMINARY FINAL

Sunday: Queensland Reds v ACT Brumbies at Ballymore Stadium, 3.30pm

Brumbies: 1. Stefanie Stewart-Jones 2. Louise Burrows 3. Peta Cox 4. Emily Sogal 5. Shellie Milward (C) 6. Michaela Leonard 7. Georgia O’Neill 8. Tayla Stanford 9. Remi Wilton 10. Carly Hill 11. Biola Dawa 12. Sammie Wood 13. Michelle Perry 14. Darcy Read 15. Rachael Crothers Reserves: 16. Anna Korovata 17. Harriet Elleman 18. Paige Penning 19. Sammie Maxwell 20. Ema Masi 21. Jane Garraway 22. Emily Mcdonald 23. Brooke Gilroy

Eamonn Tiernan is a sports reporter with The Canberra Times

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