Brumbies not speaking about trans-Tasman streak

Super Rugby
by Sam Phillips

Australia's competitiveness with New Zealand Super Rugby sides will go under the microscope once again on Saturday when the Brumbies face the Highlanders.

The 34 game trans-Tasman losing streak is well publicised but inside the Brumbies' bubble, focusing on the string of losses serves little purpose.

Fullback Tom Banks said the club is firmly focused on rolling the Highlanders, who will be eager to secure a win with one of their two games in hand on the conference leading Crusaders.

"It gets brought up a lot but we try to keep it out of our focus," Banks told reporters on Tuesday.

"We will watch a lot of tape on them, we'll know what we want to attack and that's the major point - we just have to focus on what we can control and not worry about the other stuff."The Brumbies attack hit top gear against the Reds. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyOn the topic of elements Banks and his teammates can control, the Brumbies attack kicked into gear against the Reds.

They kept their composure after Queensland opened up a 15-0 lead and responded with seven unanswered tries.

"That's the major thing - we didn't panic," Banks said.

"We found our composure, worked back into the game and then we started playing some really good footy.

"We've been trying to do it for weeks now but it really clicked at the back end of the game."Tom Banks believes the Brumbies have what it takes to roll the Highlanders. Photo: RUGBY.com.au/Stuart WalmsleyBanks said the 45-21 win over Queensland would serve as a season defining result.

"It was pretty defining for us," he said.

"It was pretty must win there and it gives us lots of confidence against Highlanders over there this weekend.

"Once we have confidence and we play without fear I think we can do a lot with the ball - I think we showed that."

The Brumbies face the Highlanders at Forsyth Barr Stadium on Saturday afternoon, kicking off at 5:35pm, broadcast LIVE on FOX SPORTS.