Brumbies ‘doing the job’ for Slipper after latest Finals heartbreak

Thu, 06/05/2021, 06:00 am
Nathan Williamson
by Nathan Williamson
The Brumbies will be looking to win it for James Slipper after he was ruled out with injury. Photo: Getty Images

The Brumbies have extra motivation heading into Saturday's Final with the Reds after prop James Slipper was ruled out with injury.

Slipper suffered a knee injury during the 21-9 win over the Western Force and is expected to miss a couple of weeks.

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For Slipper, the injury once again rules him out of a big decider in his home state of Queensland, missing the Reds' 2011 triumphs after picking up a syndesmosis tear in the final regular season injury.

“Gutted for him. He would’ve loved to have played in front of friends and family up at Suncorp where he represented many teams on many occasions,” Brumbies prop Scott Sio said.

“I understand that we’ve got to do the job for him and those are unfortunately missing out this week and making sure that we bring some silverware back for them.”

Sio comes into the line-up for Slipper, setting up a tantalising match-up with Wallabies teammate Taniela Tupou.

The Brumbies go through the hands for a sweet team try.

Given the growing profile of 'Tongan Thor', Sio doesn't have to go far for footage.

“I just watch Instagrams because he’s on all the socials at the moment so I don’t have to go too far than my phone,” he joked.

“He’s been one of the top performers over the past years and he’s one of their go-to men in their team up there.

“They’re a team of 23 at the end of the day so we need to make sure we do our job and roles individually to make sure that the team is successful.”

With both teams set to heavily rely on their set-pieces to assert dominance, Sio and the Brumbies are keeping their focus on playing 'Brumbies Rugby'.

“There always a great set-piece team and they thrive on it so we know it’s going to be a big day for us up there,” Sio said.

“We’ve got to front up and play Brumbies rugby for 80 minutes.”

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