Finishers crucial in table top clash

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by Beth Newman

The Brumbies finishers are going to play a critical role when they take on the Chiefs on Friday night, co-captain Stephen Moore says.

Both sides come into the game off a heavy travel load over the opening five rounds, with the Brumbies playing their first game at home in a month.

The ACT franchise will need to be extra wary of tired bodies in the closing 20 minutes, facing off against a Chiefs outfit that has scored 11 tries in the final quarter of matches this season, to the Brumbies’ five.

Moore said it was not a new phenomenon that the ladder-leading Chiefs pushed until the final hooter, but that didn’t make it any less dangerous.

“The Chiefs are definitely an 80-minute team,” he said.

“If you even look back as a far as the final a couple of years ago, we lost the game in the last 20 minutes. That back end of the game is critical.

“We’ve got the guys there that come on and make a difference, they’ve worked really hard to put themselves in that position.”

To do that, Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham said they would need to bring their ferocious competitiveness to the match.

“Everything for us is a contest, that’s what’s brought us success over the years and it’s going to be no different this weekend,” he said.

“We want to contest everything, the breakdown, the set piece, every time a ball is kicked, every time a ball is on the ground.

“There’s a good competitive edge in this team at the moment.”

Rugby fans in Canberra might find it refreshing to have their side back at GIO Stadium, after a fortnight of turmoil in the nation’s capital and Moore said the Brumbies wanted to make them proud.

“Tomorrow’s an opportunity to go out and do something that they’re proud of, that they can feel good about,” he said.

“We realise our role in that and we’re really looking forward to getting out in front of them.”

The Brumbies take on the Chiefs at GIO Stadium on Saturday night, kicking off at 7:40pm AEDT