Brumbies set to ease Pocock back into Super rugby

The Brumbies have hinted that they will ease David Pocock back into Super Rugby through the replacements bench against the Waratahs on Sunday.

Sunday’s Super Rugby match in Sydney could turn out to be a Wallabies Rugby World Cup selection battle in front of Waratahs and Wallabies coach Michael Cheika.

The Brumbies currently top the Super Rugby standings with the Waratahs down in eight place after two losses and two wins.

Brumbies prop Ben Alexander says that despite the opportunity to impress Cheika they will not be thinking about doing so and focusing on winning on Sunday.

“We just want to win … by no means are blokes going out there to prove something to Cheika,” Alexander told The Age.

“Blokes are just going out there to do their job and the selection stuff will just take care of itself. If you’re trying to impress someone, you lose track of what the team needs you to do.”

“You’ve got to practise all aspects of the game … you’ve got to make sure you’ve got a plan B and you come in with a balanced approach,” Alexander said.

“We’re going to get a major test in all areas this weekend, especially in physicality. We don’t care who scores, as long as the team is winning.

“I’ve got to keep working on scrummaging, my leg drive and physicality. This weekend will be the best test to see whether our physicality is up to scratch.”

Pocock has not played since the opening round of Super Rugby when the Brumbies smashed the Reds in Canberra. He has only played six matches since the start of 2013 and has undergone two knee reconstructions.

Against the Reds in Round One Pocock injured his ankle but appears ready to return to action this weekend.

Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham is expected to name an unchanged starting line up keeping his faith in back-row partners Ita Vaea and Jarrad Butler ahead of Pocock.

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