Giteau poised for Reds clash
June 1, 2011
Matt Giteau first played for the Wallbies in 2002 © Getty Images
Matt Giteau is confident that he will come out on top in his duel with Quade Cooper this weekend as the ACT Brumbies travel to Queensland to take on the Reds.
Giteau missed last week's Super Rugby clash against the Stormers due to illness, but says he is ready to go head-to-head with the incumbent Wallabies fly-half and make selectors sit up and take notice.
"Defensively [opposing Cooper] is a big challenge. I've played him a few times and I've won a few of those so I go into the game quite confident I'll be able to do the job," Giteau told the Canberra Times.
"I'm all about getting the Brumbies in the right spot and getting us winning, that's been my sole focus. I've played a number of years at the Wallabies and you'd like to think the coaches will know what you're capable of doing."
The Reds will be without flanker Beau Robinson, who dislocated his elbow against the Crusaders last weekend, but Giteau believes the breakdown will be the key in this week's fixture at Suncorp Stadium.
"Their breakdown is really good. They're getting quick ball and when you're getting front-foot ball it's easier to play off," he said."When you're able to give guys like [Will] Genia, Cooper and Ant Faingaa that go-forward ball they're going to hurt any side. It's something we've focused on. We know what we're facing and we've got to be good enough to stop it.
In a Canberra Times poll on Tuesday, fans only gave the Brumbies a 12% chance of victory as the ACT side continue to struggle in 13th spot on the Super Rugby ladder. For Giteau, who will join French side Toulon next season, every match is proving to be an important encounter.
"I'm approaching it as if it's my last few games, purely because I don't know how much I'll be enjoying it over there," he said. "If I do enjoy it and I don't really have what it takes, I'm not going to burden the Brumbies and try to come back and bluff my way through. If I still feel like I'm playing some great rugby and feel I've got a bit to offer, then sure I'd like to come back."
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