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Brumbies out to show Reds who's boss

BRUMBIES second row Scott Fardy has declared his side wants to prove they're ''the best team in Australia'' by exacting revenge on the Queensland Reds in Saturday's Canberra Stadium blockbuster.

Fardy said the Brumbies were disappointed when beaten by a desperate Queensland 20-13 in Brisbane in April, adding it provided a spur for the side's subsequent outstanding form.

The Brumbies lead the Australian conference by eight points from the Reds, but a loss would leave them vulnerable as Queensland will pick up a guaranteed four points with a bye next week.

But Fardy said the Brumbies have learnt a lot from the round-four clash, where the Reds forced a massive 27 turnovers.

''We were really disappointed when we came away from Brisbane, it [this week] is a big opportunity for us to really rip in physically and take back [that] we think we are the best team in Australia, and let everyone know how we play,'' he said.

The Brumbies were given a significant boost yesterday when star openside breakaway Michael Hooper avoided suspension for a lifting tackle on Hurricanes No. 8 Victor Vito last Friday night.

He was on the bench for the Reds loss in Brisbane, but is expected to start this week to help counter the tenacious Reds pack.

''Obviously we're delighted that common sense prevailed,'' Brumbies coach Jake White said.