Brumbies have to improve: Chisholm

If the Brumbies play like they did in Sydney on Friday against the Waratahs they should expect another defeat this weekend against the Hurricanes according to Brumbies lock Mark Chisholm.

Chisholm and his parter at lock Adam Wallace-Harrison came in for criticism after the Brumbies line-out failed to work against the ‘Tahs last weekend.

When Chisholm was quizzed about last week’s performance by the media he was blunt and dismissed suggestions that a similar performance would be enough for victory over the Hurricanes.

“Absolutely not, The scrum was all right and the lineout was, well, terrible to say the least.

“We’ve got to take a step up especially against a big physical side like the Hurricanes.”

Chisholm said that the issue with the set play was that the Waratahs had an answer for everything the Brumbies forward pack threw at them.

“There was great defence from the Waratahs. They were very organised,” he told the Canberra Times.

“I reckon (the Hurricanes) will get a lot of pay out of watching the Waratahs and our game defensive wise and also I think they’ll get a lot of pay on watching our throws and calls. We’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Wallace-Harrison said the Brumbies would play like a different side this week against the ‘Canes.

“We’ve got no doubts we’ll be on track this weekend,” he said. And he ruled out the news that team-mate Julian Huxley having a tumour caused a distraction to the side.

“It was shocking news and with the state of our backs we couldn’t afford to lose him so early in the piece. But you deal with it and move on and I think the rest of the team has too,” he said.

“I wouldn’t blame the loss of the Waratahs on Huxley’s medical condition. We’re all thinking of him but certainly there was other things we only lost the game by seven points and we created plenty of opportunities to win it. “

“Fundamentally the game is there we just didn’t execute it on the night.”

Matt Toomua is expected to be one of the changes by Brumbies coach Laurie Fisher to the 22-man squad for Friday’s clash at Canberra Stadium. Toomua played for the Australian schoolboys last year and joined the Brumbies this year.

Who will play against All Black Piri Weepu is still undecided.

“That’s one of the contentious areas for next week,” Fisher said with Josh Holmes and Patrick Phibbs the two scrumhalf contenders.

“But we’ve got to work harder and the guys have to be in the right place at the right time. There’s enough good stuff in our play to start hurting sides.”


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