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Mogg all-set for Folau showdown

12th March 2014 09:54


Jesse Mogg

Determined: Jesse Mogg

Brumbies full-back Jesse Mogg says he is prepared ahead of his battle with prolific Waratahs and Wallabies rival Israel Folau.

The two sides go head-to-head in Saturday's Super Rugby clash, with the Waratahs top of the Australian Conference after taking maximum points from their opening two fixtures.

And with Mogg and Folau likely to face off wearing the respective number 15 jerseys, it is inevitable comparisons will be drawn between two very different players.

The cross-code star is 13kg heavier than the Brumbies man, and has already bagged himself an incredible five tries in this year's Super Rugby campaign after a phenomenal start to Test rugby.

Mogg, meanwhile, boasts an excellent kicking game to augment his fleetness and astute attacking play.

"I'm trying not to let the outside stuff [speculation on Wallabies selection] affect how I'm playing or concentrating on things this year," Mogg told Fairfax Media.

"It got confusing last year when we got compared, we're quite different.

"We both bring different assets to different teams ... I'll just try to play the way I like to play to fit into the Brumbies.

"Izzy is an amazing talent, he gets a lot of good touches and his support play is probably No.1 in the game. You've got to keep your eye on him."

Mogg is also desperate to clear his head and make amends for a Round One error that cost his side the decisive try in a match they went on to lose against the Reds.

The 24-year-old spilled a kick late on in the game, then fumbled the ball between his own legs on the ground, allowing Chris Feauai-Sautia to scoop it up and run in unchallenged.

"I've worked with [coach Stephen Larkham] about moving on when something doesn't go my way," added Mogg.

"That mistake in round one rattled me a fair bit to be honest. It wasn't an ideal start for us as a team and for me as an individual.

"But I couldn't let it affect me ... I knew I owed the team something and I've been building my confidence and getting my groove back.

"It's all about consistency for me this year."

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