ACT Brumbies coach Stephen Larkham insists the off-field turmoil surrounding the Super Rugby province will not be a distraction and their sole focus is on beating the top-of-the-table Waikato Chiefs at Canberra Stadium on Saturday.
And Larkham vows high penalty counts won't stop the Brumbies from their heavy attack on the breakdown, but admits they do need to cut out "silly penalties" against the two-time champions.
It has been easy for the Brumbies to distance themselves from their front-office troubles given they were 10,000 kilometres away in South Africa, but they arrived back in Canberra on Monday night with chief executive Michael Jones' court case set to resume in the ACT Supreme Court on Tuesday.
The Brumbies board stood Jones down last week, but Jones gained a temporary injunction against the decision and returned to work.
Jones was stood down following an explosive interview on ABC Grandstand, with an ongoing Australian Federal Police investigation into the Brumbies' sale of their Griffith headquarters the cause of all the unrest.
Larkham said none of the off-field dramas would take the Brumbies' focus off trying to beat the Chiefs.
"It's 100 per cent focus on the Chiefs and that's what everyone at the Brumbies wants," he said.
"The things that you can control [are ones] that you might spend a bit of time thinking about.
"The things that are out of your control, there's no point talking about it or worrying about it and this is a matter for Tuesday and is out of our control."
The Brumbies have been heavily penalised in their past few games and have had four yellow cards and one red in their five games so far this season.
Back-up hooker Josh Mann-Rea was suspended for one week for punching Cape Town Stormers prop Oli Kebble, but is available for selection to face the Chiefs.
"When you're competing at the breakdown sometimes the referee sees it differently and that we can handle and that we can deal with because that's the way we want to play," Larkham said.
"But it's the silly penalties that we don't want to have in there - slapping someone in the face or throwing punches, being offside, those sorts of silly penalties are the ones we don't want to have."
The Chiefs sit on top of the Super Rugby ladder after a convincing 53-10 victory over the Western Force on the weekend.
They have the two leading try-scorers in the competition - fullback Damian McKenzie (six tries) and inside centre Charlie Ngatai (five) - and have the most potent attack so far this season.
But Larkham wasn't worrying about the Chiefs and said the Brumbies needed to work on finding their "shape in attack" and their set piece.
He will wait until he has spoken to Mann-Rea, who returned to Canberra following the loss to the Stormers, before deciding whether Robbie Abel would keep his spot on the bench after making his debut.
Larkham was impressed with the way Robbie Coleman slotted in on the wing, having come in for the injured Henry Speight (head).
With Speight now unavailable due to injury and his commitment to the Australian Olympic sevens campaign, Coleman has the opportunity to establish himself on the wing.
"I thought he played exceptionally well, his communication, his work-rate, just his option taking," Larkham said.
"He had a really good pre-season and unfortunately didn't get to start the season with the rest of boys, but has found his way into the team now."
SUPER RUGBY — ROUND 6
Saturday: ACT Brumbies v Waikato Chiefs, Canberra Stadium, 7.40pm. Tickets from Ticketek.