Mogg in fight for fullback spot
ACT Brumbies fullback Jesse Mogg admits he faces a significant challenge to retain the No.15 jersey with Robbie Coleman pushing for selection in the starting side.
But the rookie back hopes the duo can form a dangerous tag-team combination to dominate rival Super Rugby teams.
Mogg has established himself at fullback in the first eight games of his career. Coleman started the season with the No.15 jersey, but a groin injury in round one kept him out of action for almost two months.
The Queanbeyan junior made his return against the Melbourne Rebels two weeks ago and was back to his electrifying best when he replaced Mogg in the match against the Pretoria Bulls last weekend.
Coleman added a spark to the Brumbies attack and they scored three tries in the final 11 minutes of their 36-34 loss.
''Robbie and I bring different things to the team, whether I'm off the bench or starting I think we can both benefit the team,'' Mogg said.
''The competition for that spot is tight and we both want to be in that starting XV. Robbie is a lot more elusive and quick off the mark and hard to bring down. I'm more of a free-flowing fullback where I like running on to it rather than sparking something.''
The Brumbies trained for the first time in Johannesburg last night ahead of their clash against the Lions on Saturday.
Skipper Ben Mowen is expected to play despite suffering a neck injury for the second game in a row.