Jesse Mogg showing Wallabies form
February 23, 2013
Jesse Mogg has made a blistering start to the Super Rugby season © Getty Images
Faster and stronger, Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg now has higher goals in sight.
Mogg is quickly making a strong case for Wallabies selection, having scored three tries in the opening two Super Rugby games as well as setting up another in his team's 30-13 win over Melbourne Rebels.
It's not just the tally of tries - just one short of his total season tally last year - but the manner of the five-pointers.
Mogg, 23, burned off Rebels speedster James O'Connor at AAMI Park in a fashion similar to the way manner in which he got outside Wallabies flyer Digby Ioane in the Brumbies' opening win over Queensland.
The fullback, who made his Super Rugby debut only in 2012, credits Brumbies high-performance director Dean Benton for his ability to now run a blistering 10.6 metres per second.
Benton, who joined the organisation late in 2011, has worked for a range of elite Australian sporting bodies, including Athletics Australia, the Australian Institute of Sport and Brisbane Broncos.
Genetics may also have something to do with Jesse Mogg's ability, with his mother, Kerry, and an uncle, Josh Mogg, both former junior track champions.
"I've done a lot of work in the pre-season on my top end speed," Mogg said.
"Speed's a major factor in our pre-season, and everyone buys into it and we're starting to see the results on the field."
The Brumbies overwhelmed the Rebels in the second half
Mogg has added 11 kilograms in the past three years to his still lanky frame, and he showed that strength when he broke a tackle to set up the Brumbies' second try, scored by Clyde Rathbone.
He has been included in a Wallabies training camp, but he's trying to stay focused on keeping the Canberra-based side on its winning way.
"I had some good games and some bad games last year," Mogg said.
"This year I'm really working on my consistency for the Brumbies. If things come from that, I will take the opportunity. But my goal is to try to win as many games with the Brumbies."
Brumbies coach Jake White believed Mogg had something special.
"I think one thing about Jesse, he's got something there that other players don't have," White said.
"He's really quick, he's got a great left boot. I think the more he appreciates how quick he is, and the more he understands how good he is when he has a foot race, the better he's going to become."
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