Pressure excites wing Speight

Date published: July 18 2013

Henry Speight is confident the Brumbies can live with the increased intensity and pressure Sunday's play-off with the Cheetahs will bring.

Brumbies right wing Henry Speight is confident his side can live with the increased intensity and pressure their play-off with the Cheetahs will bring.

The men from Canberra return to knockout action for the first time since 2004 and while Speight is excited, he knows it will be a tough proposition.

“I am really excited about the game, it's been nine years since the last finals have been held in Canberra so it's really exciting times,” Speight told the Brumbies website ahead of Sunday's fixture.

“I am expecting a lot more pressure in the game, knowing that it is a play-off game and whoever wins gets a semi-final spot.

“I think it's crucial that we minimise our individual errors and if it's a tight game like it was last weekend, I think it's more onus on the outside backs to work off the wings and look for more work.

“It's definitely going to come down to work rate this weekend and that's what we are working on.”

Speight, who is joint second in the try-scoring chart this season with eight to his name, said he will be talking to the Brumbies' older heads ahead of the big clash at Canberra Stadium.

“I am going to try and pick Stephen Larkham's brain this week and see how he can help,” Speight added.

“We are also really fortunate to have Clyde and George in the team that are also experienced of having played finals footy.

“They have all won a title and they have already shared bits and pieces of what it's like, so it's good to feed off that and take that on board to build towards Sunday.”