Super Rugby Pacific: Brumbies aiming to ‘make amends’ in New Zealand

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Brumbies wing Tom Wright admits that there is a “burning sensation” to right the wrongs of last season’s disappointing results in New Zealand.

Dan McKellar’s men have consistently proven themselves to be among the best in Australia over the past few years, winning the 2020 Super Rugby AU title before reaching the final in 2021, but struggled when it came to the Trans-Tasman competition.

Despite running the mighty Crusaders close in their opening match of the tour, eventually going down 31-29, they faltered in the two following encounters, succumbing to the Chiefs (40-19) and the Blues (38-10).

They face the Chiefs this weekend and Wright says that they are determined to do themselves justice this year.

Looking to make amends

“Without making it about last year there’s definitely a bit of a burning sensation for a few of us,” Wright told reporters.

“We went over there last year and got touched up a little bit so definitely looking to make amends on what happened then so it’s a good opportunity for us.”

Australian teams have struggled against their New Zealand rivals over recent seasons but the trend is beginning to change.

The Brumbies have secured impressive victories over the Highlanders and Hurricanes already this season, and Wright insists that there has been a couple of key developments in their game.

“It’s a little bit of tempo,” he added.

“On the weekend, we looked good when we played off the cuff and Whitey [Nic White] and Loners [Ryan Lonergan] were jumping out and looking threatening around the ruck.

“We’re trying to play in and out of the structure and take opportunities around the middle part of the field where the Kiwis have been really good.

“Tip our hat to them – we took a few things from stuff they do and it’s working for us.”

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