David Polkinghorne 10:38 AM ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham says some of his players took their desperation beyond what they've ever produced before, but he still feels his Super Rugby province has lessons to learn about closing out games despite holding on against a pressing Melbourne Rebels in Melbourne on Saturday night.
Chris Dutton 11:05 PM The Brumbies do some karaoke while David Pocock opens up about a embarrassing rugby moment he'd rather forget.
David Polkinghorne 9:48 PM The ACT Brumbies wore black armbands as a mark of respect for Jake Roff, who died of brain cancer last Sunday. Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham took time out from getting the team ready for the Melbourne Rebels clash to go to Roff's funeral, along with a host of former Brumbies and Wallabies, at Lismore on Friday. Roff, a singer/songwriter, was just 41. He played rugby for the ACT Kookaburras with his brother Joe Roff and Larkham. "I played with Jake and saw him every year," Larkham said. "The Roff's touched everyone in Canberra, it's not just the rugby. It's the Canberra community as well." While he didn't play for the Wallabies like his brother Joe did, he did write a poem about them, in conjunction with Rupert McCall. They released "I'm a Wallaby", which became Sydney ABC's official anthem for the 2003 World Cup held in Australia. McCall took to Facebook to pay tribute to his mate: "To my comrade, my collaborator, my mate...travel safely Roffy." Brumbies captain Stephen Moore said the team had wanted to honour Roff's memory by wearing the armbands. "Joe Roff is one of the greatest Brumbies and Wallabies ever and we wanted to pay our respects for his family and their loss," he said.
AAMI Park, Melbourne, Saturday 7.40pm (AEST)
Jon Tuxworth ACT Brumbies vice-captain Nic White has predicted this year's Super Rugby Australian conference battle will be the tightest in history and insisted the team is not concerned about its wretched road run before Saturday's clash in Melbourne.
Chris Dutton Nic White has vowed to work with halves partner Matt Toomua to take more control of games in crucial moments.
Chris Dutton Was the last-minute penalty the right call? Can the Brumbies power on without David Pocock?