Larkham: Brumbies are aiming for a top two finish

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham has revealed that his Canberra Super Rugby franchise have set their sights on finishing in second place at the end of regular season.

The Hurricanes have already sealed the top spot so the highest the Brumbies can finish the regular season on is in second place.

Larkham’s Brumbies are currently in second place after beating the Force 20-33 and they have moved five-points clear of the Waratahs on 47-points, who started the round on top of the Australian conference after winning one game more than their domestic rivals.

The Waratahs will have the opportunity to draw level with the Brumbies again on Saturday night when they take on the Cheetahs away in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The Brumbies have one remaining match before the end of the regular season and they will be at home against Crusaders who are also still in the hunt for a place in the play off.

With the Waratahs so close on the Brumbies had to beat the Force with a bonus point and Larkham said the forward pack’s training paid off against the Force

“I thought our forward pack was superb tonight. Our maul was superb, we scored three tries from the maul. They had a really good game tonight which is what you need coming into finals.”

“If you look at our game at the beginning of the season we were struggling to get down on the try line. We were getting across the line but struggling to actually score the tries. We’ve somewhat perfected that now which is good.

Larkham is now looking ahead to next week’s game against the Crusaders in Canberra.

“We were certainly searching for a win over here but a bonus point is a fantastic result for us because it means we’re in the finals. We’ve learnt from the last couple of years you can’t rest here, you can’t just get to the finals and think that you’ve had a good season. “

“You really need a top two finish so next week is going to be a massive game for us.”

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