Brumbies re-ignite confidence with victory: Mowen
July 12, 2014
Brumbies 47-25 Force (Australia only)
Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen says his side's seven-try romp over Western Force is the perfect confidence boost heading into the Super Rugby finals.
The Brumbies had won just one of their previous four matches, with many of their Wallabies stars missing in recent weeks, but they rediscovering their mojo in defeating the Force 47-25 at GIO Stadium in Canberra. The Force entered the do-or-die game with a chance to secure their first finals berth, but the Brumbies' comprehensive performance, spearheaded by fit-again Wallabies playmaker Matt Toomua, washed away doubts they were no longer a team to be reckoned with.
"When you score seven tries in a decisive game it gives you a massive belief in what you're doing," Mowen said. "Getting into a knockout situation and putting in a performance like that will give the group massive confidence going forward."
Mowen told ESPN exclusively before the game that he was "not ready for [the Force] to be the last game", saying the Brumbies could go deep in the finals, and they might be about to face the Chiefs in the first week of the play-offs - the defending back-to-back champions also having secured a post-season campaign in the final round of the home-and-away.
Matt Toomua said he last scored three tries "in a training session years ago" © Getty Images
Toomua, who starred against the Force, with three tries and a hand in two others, hasn't forgotten about the pain the Chiefs inflicted on the Brumbies with their come-from-behind victory in last year's grand final. And it's clear the chance of exacting revenge against the two-time premiers isn't lost on him.
"If we do play the Chiefs, we'll want to get one up on them, especially after last year," Toomua said. Toomua said the Brumbies were extremely keen for a home qualifying final, and director of rugby Laurie Fisher echoed his comments in the post-match press conference. The Brumbies haven't lost a home game since they entered the season under-cooked in round one against Queensland Reds
"Playing at home in any competition is an advantage," Fisher said. "It won't win you the game, but it's great to sleep in your own bed, to not have to travel, to train on your own pitch. All those little things help."
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