PACKING A PUNCH: Allan Alaalatoa of the Brumbies is tackled by the Crusaders defence in Round 9 of the Super Rugby at GIO Stadium in Canberra.
PACKING A PUNCH: Allan Alaalatoa of the Brumbies is tackled by the Crusaders defence in Round 9 of the Super Rugby at GIO Stadium in Canberra. LUKAS COCH

Opening exchanges vital to Brumbies’ hopes

RUGBY: Brumbies prop Allan Alaalatoa says his side must start quicker against the Blues this week if it is to secure a win in Auckland.

The ACT outfit overcame a slow start to defeat the Reds last week but Alaalatoa said the team was fully aware it could not afford to do the same this week.

“I think the Reds really came out strong on Friday night,” he said.

“That is something we need to work on and something we’ll be looking to improve for Friday’s game.”

With two games remaining, the Brumbies are battling with the Waratahs to top the Australian conference and secure a finals berth.

Both teams are on 39points with the Brumbies ahead because they have more victories.

A bonus-point win would prove crucial with the Tahs also facing a tough task against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

Alaalatoa said that would be good but the victory was the No.1 priority.

“I think every game heading towards the finals now is going to be a final for us,” he said.

“Blues in Auckland, always going to be a tough match, so you can’t be looking at trying to get a bonus point, we just have to look at getting the win first.”


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