Brumbies' Miller looking forward to backrow battle

Super Rugby - AU
Beth Newman Profile
by Beth Newman

Wild Waratahs backrower Lachie Swinton might strike fear into some opponents with his unpredictability but Brumbies flanker Will Miller is not one of them.

Miller knows the Waratahs backrow incredibly well, having been part of it just last year and he was quick to dispel any intimidation factor Swinton might hold.

"He's good, he's a bit of a little boy but he tries to act big all the time," he laughed.

"He's a good man - I get on well with all those boys so it'll be good to play against them again."

Swinton has taken his game up a level since Super Rugby AU kicked off and working alongside the relentless Michael Hooper and rookie Will Harris, the Waratahs' new-look backrow is emerging into one of the team's most important divisions.

Miller said he was looking forward to that battle on Saturday night.

"Their whole forward pack's a really good forward pack and their backs are young and very explosive," he said.

"They've got a good well-rounded team and they've just got to put it together.

"As long as we can stop them from doing that, it's our main goal.

"They can hurt anyone on their day, we've jut got to make sure it's not us."

The Brumbies had a field day when they last played the Waratahs, a 47-14 win in Canberra just before the season was shut down.

Miller said he expected NSW to be stinging from that loss when they ran out at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.

"Without a doubt," he said.

"They're a quality side and they've got a lot of quality players.

"Any team in this competition's going to be as good as possible and that break's just helped out teams that weren't going as well beforehand.

"It's evened the playing fields a lot, I think it's going to be a tight one and one that we're all looking forward to.

"As long as we play our brand of rugby, I think we should look pretty good."

The Waratahs will play the Brumbies at ANZ Stadium on Saturday July 18, kicking off at 7:15pm AEST, LIVE on Foxtel, Foxtel Now and Kayo Sports. Buy a Kayo subscription here. Buy tickets here.