Lausii Taliauli ready to give back to ACT Brumbies
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Lausii Taliauli ready to give back to ACT Brumbies

ACT Brumbies winger Lausii Taliauli admits he thought his time at the club was coming to an end and has vowed to make the most of his new one-year contract.

Tighthead prop Ruan Smith also re-signed with the club for two years on Tuesday, the South African expected to link back up with the club in early 2016 after finishing his season in Japan with Toyota Verblitz.

Excited: Vikings and Brumbies player  Lauisii Taliauli has signed a new one-year deal.

Excited: Vikings and Brumbies player Lauisii Taliauli has signed a new one-year deal.Credit:Daniel Munoz

Taliauli made seven appearances for the Brumbies during this year's Super Rugby season, including a start in the semi-final loss to the Hurricanes.

"It's pretty exciting - I didn't think I'd get another opportunity at the Brumbies so I'm really happy," Taliauli said.

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"I thought I did my best through the year but I was on the bench for a fair bit of that.

"This is a really good opportunity for me to keep chugging along and get more game time, this is my time to prove what I have and what I can do. Hopefully I can show them enough to be able to make the 23 next year."

Taliauli made a solid start for the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship on Saturday, crossing for a try during the win against NSW Country.

Vikings captain Jarrad Butler said the side struggled with the speed of the game and the hot conditions at Woollahra Oval in Sydney.

"We knew it was going to be quick, but to get 40-50 minutes into the match, everyone was blowing," Butler said.

"But I actually thought that's when we got better - everyone worked together and that's what will set us up in the coming weeks."

The Vikings play their first home match of the year on Saturday against the Greater Sydney Rams.

"They are a really physical team with a big forward pack and I think we're going to have to try hard to match them," Butler said.

"I think we did that pretty well this week but it's going to be another step up I think against the Rams."

Saturday

Canberra Vikings v Greater Sydney Rams at Viking Park, 2pm.

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