Arnold and Vaea ready for ‘Canes challenge

Date published: February 24 2016

Brumbies duo Rory Arnold and Ita Vaea are ready for whatever the Hurricanes have to throw at them on Friday.

Last year's semi-finalists host the Wellington-based franchise at home on Friday and Arnold revealed the excitment in the camp is almost boiling over. 

"I think we're all very excited," the lock told the offical Brumbies website.

"The long pre-season has taken its toll, we've put in the hard yards and now we’re all looking forward to getting out there and putting in to practice what we’ve learnt in training."

The last time the two teams met, the Brumbies were outplayed in the 2015 semi-final, conceeding four tries on their way to bowing out of the competition.

This time round, openside flanker Vaea is looking for revenge. 

"It will be great to start with a rematch," quipped Tongan-born player. 

"We're still very disappointed from the semi-final last year, but this year is a new year and we're all looking forward to going out there and coming away with the four points."

The Brumbies pride themselves on their defence and Arnold revealed that this ethos has not chanaged. Their defence will be key in their opening fixture against a Hurricanes side that loves to attack.

"Defensively we're going to have to be really good," continued 2015 Australian Super Rugby Rookie of the Year.

"We can't let them hold the ball for more than ten phases, because as an attacking team they're very good, particularly at offloading."