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Brumbies wary of a letdown

Brumbies player Andrew Smith in action at training.

Brumbies player Andrew Smith in action at training. Photo: Melissa Adams

The ACT Brumbies are determined to avoid a second-week slump after spending seven months focusing on the Queensland Reds clash.

Straight after their season-ending loss to the Auckland Blues in the final round last year, the Brumbies looked to round one of this year as their shot at redemption.

The fact they were playing the Reds - the team that went into the play-offs at their expense - added further fuel to the fire.

Brumbies backs coach Stephen Larkham was mindful that putting so much importance on one game could leave them vulnerable against the Melbourne Rebels at AAMI Park on Friday night.

''That's a definite threat when you build up for so long for one game. It's hard to get up for the next game or focus on the next game, but the chat's been all good this morning,'' he said on Monday.

''We've done a review on the Reds so far and we've already spoken a number of times about the Rebels and certainly finished off our meeting with making sure we're focusing wholeheartedly on the Rebels this week.''

Outside centre Andrew Smith agreed it was something the Brumbies needed to guard against, but was confident there was plenty of hunger in the squad to make it two from two.

He was wary of the Rebels' ''dangerous'' centre pairing of Mitch Inman and Rory Sidey.

''It's quite a big centre pairing so they might try and use them to get over the advantage line and then use the skill and pace of [James] O'Connor and [Kurtley] Beale on the outside,'' Smith said.

''They're dangerous and we've got to be ready for them.''

The Brumbies were boosted on the injury front by good news about winger Henry Speight's rib injury.

Speight left Canberra Stadium on Saturday night in an ambulance with fears he may have broken his ribs.

Scans on Sunday cleared him of any break, but the club was still waiting on the results of an ultra-sound on Monday to check if there was further damage.

''Henry gets an ultrasound today, so we're still not sure, but he's certainly feeling better [than on Saturday night] and the CT scans showed nothing, so hopefully he's in contention for this weekend as well,'' Larkham said.

There is still a chance Speight will be fit for the clash with the Rebels. Speight sat out training on Monday, along with comeback kid Clyde Rathbone.

Rathbone's load has been constantly monitored throughout the pre-season to give him the best possible chance of playing out the season, which means he misses the odd practice session.

Meanwhile, Smith was no closer to deciding on his future. The outside centre is off contract at the end of the season and is considering whether to remain in Canberra or take up a lucrative offer overseas.

''I haven't really thought about it too much. The major focus is just on playing good rugby here and if I play good rugby that will all look after itself,'' Smith said.

''It's always nice to stay here, it's where I've played for four years now, so I've been living here a while and it's a great place.''

FRIDAY

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

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Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG -1vs FJI -1 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
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SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
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AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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
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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
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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 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
Wed, 07 OctTimes shown AEDT
CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
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
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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Sun, 18 OctTimes shown AEDT
WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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WQF3 0vs WQF4 0 03:00Twic
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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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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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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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Overall standings
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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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