Brumbies aim to avenge loss to Rebels

by Staff Writer

The Brumbies will be fuelled by revenge when they take on the Melbourne Rebels in their Super Rugby clash on Friday, backrower Julian Salvi says.

With their 25-24 loss in Melbourne in February still fresh in the Brumbies' minds, Salvi said they want nothing more than to "get one back".

After the controversial loss following a late penalty given by referee Jonathan Kaplan coach Andy Friend was sacked the following week.

"The Rebels obviously beat us in Melbourne last time, so it would be great to get back one, big time," Salvi said on Monday.

"We'll be looking at enacting some revenge on those boys.

"They'll have a few Canberra heads coming to play and play for some pride as well."

Making things even more explosive, there will be a few former Brumbies, include Stirling Mortlock, Mark Gerrard and Julian Huxley, playing their first match in Canberra since leaving the nation's capital.

Mortlock registered 117 Super caps for the Brumbies and led the side during theirtitle-winning 2004 season.

"A guy like Stirlo gave so much to the Brumbies and to Canberra," flanker Mitchell Chapman said.

"Him and a few others will be really looking to have a good game in Canberra."

Chapman said the side's win against the top of the table Reds on Saturday relieved some of the bumps and bruises.

The Brumbies played their best match this year with their aggressive defence and attack at the breakdown prominent in the 22-14 win in Brisbane.

It was just the Brumbies' third win from 14 matches this season.

"After the season we've had, coming in on a Monday with a win doesn't make you feel so sore," he said.

"It was definitely a physical game, it was a step up from a few of the games recently.

"The guys are really keen to put in another good performance and not have a one-off."

But the win came at a cost with lock Mark Chisholm out for the season with ruptured ligaments in his left knee and No.8 Ita Vaea's suspended for a high tackle on Reds winger Digby Ioane.

This will leave the Brumbies with 10 forwards unavailable for the clash against the Rebels.

"It is probably the most injuries that we've had since I've been here," Chapman said.

"We're confident we have enough guys to step up and do the job."

Rookies Tom Boidin and Tom Alexander, brother of prop Ben, will train with the side and are likely to make their Super Rugby debuts on Friday as the Brumbies seek back-to-back wins for the first time in 2011.

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