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White's boys are on home stretch in record hunt

The Brumbies celebrate their sixth-straight win on the road.

The Brumbies celebrate their sixth-straight win on the road. Photo: Scott Barbour

ACT BRUMBIES coach Jake White believes his team is ''on the right track'' as it sits on the verge of creating Super Rugby history in the coming weeks.

But the South African has warned his players not to get ahead of themselves as they sit on the cusp of becoming the first team in the competition to win seven consecutive games on the road.

The Brumbies' 30-13 win over the Melbourne Rebels on Friday night extended their away winning streak to six, equal with the record of the Canterbury Crusaders and Wellington Hurricanes.

It's a massive feat for a young team in just the second year of White's rebuilding plan and the next five weeks will be crucial to the Brumbies' bid to break their play-off drought.

They have a bye this week before taking on the NSW Waratahs at Canberra Stadium on March 9.

They then play the Durban Sharks and Cape Town Stormers in South Africa and return home to play the Pretoria Bulls on March 30. The ultimate goal is to make the finals for the first time since 2004 and challenge for the title.

But if they beat the Sharks, White's team of unheralded players will take its first slice of history and claim a record which eluded the era of legends Stephen Larkham, George Gregan, George Smith, Stirling Mortlock and Joe Roff.

A win in Durban would be the Brumbies' first at the Sharks' home ground since 2007.

The away winning streak started with a triumph over the Johannesburg Lions last year.

But while White was pleased with his team's ability to win on the road, he said turning Canberra Stadium into a graveyard for visiting teams was more crucial to the Brumbies' finals hopes and that starts with a clash with NSW.

''It's fantastic for us [to win away from Canberra], it shows we're on the right track,'' White said.

''But it just shows that we need the Canberra faithful to help us win home games. I still think we can improve a lot, we still make some mistakes and as a coach you're always looking for that perfect performance.

''It's all still a massive learning curve for us and we're putting the things we pick up along the way in our memory bank.''

The Brumbies' bonus-point win and points from their bye will put them on top of the Super Rugby table.

The most impressive aspect of their victory over the Rebels was that they overcame a slow start to completely dominate the second half and secure an 18-point win.

The referee's interpretation at the breakdown left the Brumbies baffled at times and they were constantly penalised in the first half for disrupting play in the ruck.

But they regrouped at half-time and didn't give the Rebels a chance to get into the contest.

In the first two games of the season, the Brumbies' defence has not conceded a point in the second halves against the Queensland Reds and Rebels.

The Brumbies haven't started a season with three consecutive wins since 2005 - the year after their last championship.

The Brumbies will be given the early part of the week to recuperate before returning to training.

White will give some of his extended squad game time in an ACT XV match against Samoa on Friday before the focus switches to taking on the Waratahs in a Canberra centenary match.


Rd 10, 2012: bt Lions 34-20 at Johannesburg
Rd 13, 2012: bt Hurricanes 37-25 at Wellington
Rd 15, 2012: bt Rebels 27-19 at Melbourne
Rd 16, 2012: bt Force 28-17 at Perth
Rd 17, 2012: bt Waratahs 19-15 at Sydney
Rd 2, 2013: bt Rebels 30-13 at Melbourne

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