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Mogg keen to banish Reds demons

07th April 2014 13:59

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Jesse Mogg Brumbies 2014

Playing well: Jesse Mogg

Brumbies full-back Jesse Mogg has recovered from a Round One howler to build some impressive form in the weeks that followed.

Mogg spilled a kick deep in his own 22 against the Reds in the Canberra side's opening game of the Super Rugby season, then fumbled the loose ball again, allowing Chris Feauai-Sautia to scoop up and ground the winning try with time running out.

Since then, however, the full-back has been a sensation. In attack, his cultured style, running lines and vision have caused numerous defences problems, and he arguably outshone his prolific Wallabies rival Israel Folau when the Brumbies beat the Waratahs last month.

His kicking from hand, a strength for which he is renowned, has also improved in recent weeks, keeping Stephen Larkham's men out of danger with far-ranging and accurate punts.

Now Mogg must face his demons anew, as his side travel to Queensland and Suncorp Stadium to take on the Reds once more on Friday.

"Obviously it was disappointing how I finished that game in Round One, but I've moved on and looking to perform on Friday night and hopefully get better as the season goes on,'' Mogg told Fairfax Media.

"My form hasn't started too well compared to the previous two years and it's building slowly at the moment. The more practice you get, the better you get at dealing with the pressure.'

"In recent weeks I was trying to find too much ground with my kicking game, but last weekend I was making conscious efforts to kick early and was finding a lot of space out there,'' he said.

Mogg came off during the Brumbies' convincing 26-7 win over a lacklustre Blues outfit last Friday, but is confident the hamstring strain that forced him to leave the field will not keep him out of the Reds showdown.

"It's not too bad at the moment, had a run around today (Monday),'' added Mogg.

"We'll keep monitoring it tomorrow and Wednesday and hopefully it pulls through.

"It definitely feels better than leaving the field Saturday.''

Veteran hooker Stephen Moore missed Friday's victory with a knee injury, but is expected to be fit for the trip to Suncorp.

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