Fiji Time: 5:49 PM on Sunday 29 May

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Force bracing for Brumbies backlash

Aap
Saturday, March 01, 2014

PERTH - With the Brumbies gunning for revenge, Western Force five-eighth Zack Holmes is warning his team to prepare for a brutal physical encounter in tonight's Super Rugby clash in Perth.

The Brumbies' hopes of securing a top-two berth last year were crushed in the final round when they suffered a shock 21-15 loss to the lowly Force in Perth.

That result meant the Brumbies had to fly to South Africa for their semi-final, with the heavy travel load leaving them tired and weary by the time they took on the Chiefs in the decider in Hamilton.

The Brumbies lost that match 27-22, and their bid to go one step further this season got off to a shaky start when they lost to the Reds 27-17 last week.

Holmes, who spent two seasons with the Brumbies before moving to Perth during the summer, said last year's loss to the Force would still rankle his former side.

"The boys were pretty hurt at losing to the Force," he said.

"They had high expectations of being in the top two. Losing to the Force meant they didn't finish in the top two, so they're going to come back looking for revenge."

The Force have plenty to work on themselves after leaking six tries in their 43-21 defeat to the NSW Waratahs last week.

Today's match will pit Brumbies flanker David Pocock up against the Force for the first time since he left the Perth-based franchise at the end of 2012.








Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.61880.5998
JPY 52.941849.9418
GBP 0.32410.3161
EUR 0.42560.4136
NZD 0.71310.6801
AUD 0.66260.6376
USD 0.47860.4616

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th May 2016

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. Mother 'locks up' son to go clubbing
  2. Prophecy of Nasautoka Come and drink of this life-giving water
  3. Return our baby
  4. Pig hunt turns fatal
  5. 65 return home, 90 stay back
  6. Woman dies in road accident
  7. Divers swim with giants of the deep
  8. Police treat man's death as murder
  9. Japan adopts schools
  10. TISI AGM cancelled

Top Stories this Week

  1. Tears of joy for Jerry's family Thursday (26 May)
  2. Son crushed to death, parents seek answers Tuesday (24 May)
  3. Ryan gutted Tuesday (24 May)
  4. Hayne, Ryan miss out Wednesday (25 May)
  5. Hayne's Rio barrier Monday (23 May)
  6. Remains of missionary receives a proper burial 200 years later Friday (27 May)
  7. Families live in fear Friday (27 May)
  8. 7s fans disappointed Thursday (26 May)
  9. Fiji Airways gives free trip to 7s players Wednesday (25 May)
  10. 13 for Rio Saturday (28 May)