JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Fisher plots repeat of Brumbies' last win in Pretoria



Forwards coach Laurie Fisher.

Forwards coach Laurie Fisher. Photo: Karleen Minney

The ACT Brumbies need to find the perfect mix of discipline and aggression to topple the Pretoria Bulls at home for the first time in six years, forwards coach Laurie Fisher says.

Fisher was the last head coach to engineer a Brumbies victory at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria when he was in charge in 2006.

His side clinched a 27-21 triumph when Stirling Mortlock scored a match-winning try in injury time to secure the win.

Six years on and with a new role, Fisher returns to one of the most feared venues in Super Rugby, confident the young Brumbies will not crumble under the pressure.

The Brumbies are at the top of the Australian conference, but half of the 26-man touring squad is visiting South Africa for the first time.

Fisher warned the players to brace for a hostile reception and said stage fright would not be an excuse.

''It's 80 minutes of footy against 15 blokes, it will be noisy, they're certainly going to hear the crowd and they won't hear nice things being said about them,'' Fisher said.

''I don't think you can prepare for it. They've had exposure to a big crowd [in Queensland], so hopefully they've learned from it.

''You've got to be aggressive and technically sound against the Bulls.

''Discipline is the key at Loftus because if you give away penalties they will put you right under pressure and you have to make sure you have a structured kicking game.''

The Brumbies have spent the past two days in Rustenburg - an hour away from Pretoria - preparing for their clash.

They are staying at the Royal Marang Hotel which was built to host the England soccer team during the FIFA World Cup in 2010.

The team will travel to Pretoria today to finalise preparations for the Sunday morning clash. Coach Jake White will name an unchanged 22-man game-day squad today.

Ben Alexander will be rotated back into the starting XV while Andrew Smith has also reclaimed his place at outside centre. But the coaching staff remains undecided whether to tackle the Bulls with five forwards on the bench.

White will wait until tomorrow's captain's run at the stadium before deciding whether to add lock Leon Power or powerful back Tevita Kuridrani to the bench.

It will be the biggest test of the Brumbies' new era.

They haven't won an overseas match since beating the Cape Town Stormers in South Africa in February 2010.

If they lose to the Bulls, it will be their eighth international loss in a row.

But after an impressive start to the Super Rugby campaign, Fisher had no doubt the Brumbies could shock the Bulls.

The Bulls are three-time Super Rugby champions, but they lost a host of big-name stars after last year's World Cup including Victor Matfield, Bakkies Botha and Fourie du Preez.

Despite their revamped roster, the Bulls are the most dangerous attacking team in the competition.

''Most definitely we can win,'' Fisher enthused.

''We need a good game plan, we can't just go in there and hope.

''If our set piece works well and we can put some pressure on their ball, hopefully we don't burn up too much energy.

''It's about doing the basics well and not inviting them into the game.

''They're an attacking team, but they don't cut you to ribbons.

''They just overpower you and outnumber you and it's not earth-shattering stuff, you just have to stick to the structures.''

Brumbies: 1. Ben Alexander, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Dan Palmer, 4. Scott Fardy, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Ben Mowen, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Fotu Auelua, 9. Nic White, 10. Christian Lealiifano, 11. Joseph Tomane, 12. Pat McCabe, 13. Andrew Smith, 1 4. Henry Speight, 15. Jesse Mogg.

Reserves: 16. Anthony Hegarty, 17. Ruaidhri Murphy, 18. Peter Kimlin, 19. Ita Vaea, 20. Ian Prior, 21. Robbie Coleman, 22. Tevita Kuridrani/Leon Power.


Super Rugby round nine: Pretoria Bulls v ACT Brumbies at Loftus Versfeld, 3.10am. TV time: Live on Fox Sports 2.

Related Coverage

Rugby Internationals 2014

Round 1
Sat, 07 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 18 vs TGA 18 Report Stats
FJI 25 vs ITA 14 Report Stats
NZL 20 vs ENG 15 Report Stats
AUS 50 vs FRA 23 Report Stats
Sun, 08 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 47 vs WXV 13 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 29 Report Stats
USA 6 vs SCO 24 Report Stats
CAN 25 vs JPN 34 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 2
Sat, 14 JunTimes shown AEST
SAM 15 vs ITA Report Stats
FJI 45 vs TGA 17 Report Stats
NZL 28 vs ENG 27 Report Stats
AUS 6 vs FRA Report Stats
Sun, 15 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 38 vs WAL 16 Report Stats
CAN 17 vs SCO 19 Report Stats
ARG 17 vs IRE 23 Report Stats
USA 29 vs JPN 37 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 3
Sat, 21 JunTimes shown AEST
ARG 19 vs SCO 21 Report Stats
FJI 13 vs SAM 18 Report Stats
JPN 26 vs ITA 23 Report Stats
AUS 39 vs FRA 13 Stats
NZL 36 vs ENG 13 Report Stats
Sun, 22 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 31 vs WAL 30 Report Stats
USA 38 vs CAN 35 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 4
Sun, 29 JunTimes shown AEST
RSA 55 vs SCO 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 5
Sun, 02 NovTimes shown AEDT
BAR 36 vs AUS 40 Report Stats
USA 6 vs NZL 74 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 6
Sun, 09 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 24 vs SAM 13 Report Stats
ENG 21 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
WAL 28 vs AUS 33 Report Stats
FRA 40 vs FJI 14 Report Stats
IRE 29 vs RSA 15 Report Stats
SCO 41 vs ARG 31 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 7
Sun, 16 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 18 vs ARG 20 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs RSA 31 Report Stats
WAL 17 vs FJI 13 Report Stats
SCO 16 vs NZL 24 Report Stats
FRA 29 vs AUS 26 Report Stats
Mon, 17 NovTimes shown AEDT
IRE 49 vs GEO 7 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 8
Sun, 23 NovTimes shown AEDT
ITA 6 vs RSA 22 Report Stats
SCO 37 vs TGA 12 Report Stats
IRE 26 vs AUS 23 Report Stats
WAL 16 vs NZL 34 Report Stats
ENG 28 vs SAM 9 Report Stats
FRA 13 vs ARG 18 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Round 9
Sun, 30 NovTimes shown AEDT
ENG 26 vs AUS 17 Report Stats
WAL 12 vs RSA 6 Report Stats
View All Fixtures
Featured advertisers