Super Rugby: Brumbies aim to be more ‘powerful’

Planet Rugby

‘Power’ is the watchword for the Brumbies as they look to compete with the New Zealand sides in the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific season.

They, alongside the other Australian teams, struggled in the trans-Tasman competition last year.

Dan McKellar’s men were one of just two Aussie teams to claim a win against their New Zealand rivals when they defeated the Hurricanes 12-10.

Their fellow Super Rugby AU finalist, the Reds, were the other as they overcame the Chiefs 40-34 in Townsville.

There was a stark difference in quality between the respective nations and the Brumbies have altered things to try and close the gap this year.

Quality over quantity

“It’s very different. Our approach to training is pre-seasons are always very tough here and it’s no different this year,” McKellar told reporters.

“Probably more focused this year on speed, agility, power, and quality over quantity. Last year was a real conditioning focus, and I’m not saying that was right or wrong, but we’ve had a shift in how we train this year.

“The players have certainly appreciated that and we just feel that, as a team, we probably need to be a little but more powerful, especially against the best teams in the competition.”

The Brumbies continue to have one of the strongest squads in Australia and they have been aided further by the additions of Jesse Mogg and Chris Feauai-Sautia.

It makes selection more difficult for the head coach, but McKellar certainly sees it as a positive.

“I think a number of the new players that have fit in, that have come from other programmes or they’re getting their first opportunity, they’ve been really impressive,” he said.

“We were just talking about it the other day as a coaching group. There’s genuine competition for spots across the board, which is what we need.”

He added: “We’re still working hard. It’s not like we’re fluffy by any means, but there is a different approach around quality and high-intensity and a real skill-based programme.

“I think there’s always a buzz at this time of the year. We’ve finally got the majority of the group back together again and everyone just enjoys being at the Brumbies and being around each other, so that’s pretty natural.

“But, I think the change in our approach to how we train has been really well received.”