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Brumbies are aiming to kick their goalscoring jitters

Christian Lealiifano.

Christian Lealiifano. Photo: Getty Images

The ACT Brumbies are confident they can shake the kicking jitters after missed shots almost cost them victory in round one and Jake White admitted a last-minute coaching session affected his sharpshooters.

The Brumbies got their Super Rugby campaign off to a promising start by beating the Queensland Reds by 18 points on Saturday night.

And they are hopeful of a getting another boost on Monday if an ultrasound clears winger Henry Speight of a serious rib injury.

Nic White.

Nic White. Photo: Getty Images

The team's attention switches to taking on the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night with accuracy in front of goal the area it can improve on most.

Five missed penalties and a wayward conversion attempt could have jeopardised the Brumbies' chances of beating the Reds in the opening round.

White called in kicking guru Damien Hill to join the squad on game day and warm up the kickers at Canberra Stadium less than an hour before the season started.

Jesse Mogg.

Jesse Mogg. Photo: Jay Cronan

It was the first time Hill had been with the Brumbies on a match day and White conceded ''it was too much info'' for his kickers.

Christian Lealiifano, Nic White, Jesse Mogg and Ian Prior all had chances to step up and take a shot.

Mogg - who scored two tries and nailed two crucial penalties - said the missed shots against the Reds would not haunt the Brumbies in Melbourne.

Mogg said the kicking duties would be handed back to Lealiifano to start the clash with the Rebels.

''We've got a pretty confident group of kickers and [Lealiifano] has kicked well in the trials so I guess it was just an off night,'' he said.

''We're all confident with the tee, but you don't want to be leaving points out there through missed penalties because they're crucial in a tight game.

''Hilly was there just to remind us of our process and personally I don't think he had anything to do with the missed goals and it helps having him there.''

Mogg started at fullback and scored the Brumbies' opening try of the season before finishing the game on the wing and snatching an intercept for the only another five-pointer of the match.

Mogg has made a remarkable transformation over the past 18 months. White plucked him from Wests in the club rugby ranks and has developed him to the point where he is now on the cusp of Wallabies selection.

The 23-year-old's challenge against the Rebels is lining up against Wallaby James O'Connor and producing another star performance.

''Every coach tries to find those sorts of players and I remember the story of finding Jesse,'' White said.

''I'm just glad I saw him and managed to keep him in Canberra. He's developed as a player … he's got bigger, stronger and a year older.''

Speight was the only injury concern for the Brumbies after the win over the Reds.

The Fijian flyer was taken to hospital on Saturday night after the game, but scans cleared him of any damage and he will have more tests on Monday before being given the all-clear.

FRIDAY: Super Rugby Round 2: Melbourne Rebels v ACT Brumbies at AAMI Park, 7.40pm. TV Time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
Mon, 21 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 23 SepTimes shown AEST
SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
Thu, 24 SepTimes shown AEST
AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
Fri, 02 OctTimes shown AEST
WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
Mon, 05 OctTimes shown AEDT
ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
Thu, 08 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
Sat, 10 OctTimes shown AEDT
NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
Sun, 11 OctTimes shown AEDT
SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
Mon, 12 OctTimes shown AEDT
ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Round 2
Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
Mon, 19 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinA 0vs RUpB 0 02:00Twic
Sun, 25 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF1 0vs WQF2 0 02:00Twic
Mon, 26 OctTimes shown AEDT
WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
Sat, 31 OctTimes shown AEDT
LSF1 0vs LSF2 0 07:00Olym
Sun, 01 NovTimes shown AEDT
WSF1 0vs WSF2 0 03:00Twic
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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