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Brumbies hoping for Pocock boost against Highlanders

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The Brumbies are confident that David Pocock will feature in this weekend’s Super Rugby Quarter final but they are sweating on him getting the final approval for him to face the Highlanders.

Pocock has been given the preliminary clearance to make his comeback from a fractured eye socket but the final decision will be made when he meets the medical staff on Wednesday.

Brumbies head coach Stephen Larkham has called on his players not to settle for just reaching the play offs and wants them to push all the way through the knock out stage.

Larkam will finalise his playing line up on Wednesday evening and if Pocock is cleared then Michael Wells will move out to the replacements bench.

“(Slacking off because Pocock’s playing) has never been the mentality in any of the teams Poey has played for,” Larkham told Canberra Times. 

“He just adds to the team. There’s been a really good focus just making sure everyone is doing their job.

“Some guys are good on the ball (at the breakdown) and some are good in other ways.

“The beauty of Poey is the understanding of the game and the skill that he adds in both attack and defence. He’s got a massive work rate, he’s going to give more confidence to the guys to play their natural game.”

Pocock has been training with the Brumbies over the last week and has been wearing a specially-designed headgear to protect his face after he suffered what could have been a season ending injury.

In his absence Jarrad Butler and Wells have filled in and the Brumbies have won two of their three games without Pocock.

However having Pocock back in the team would be a big boost for the Brumbies and Larkham wants his team to make the most of the opportunity at home.

“A lot of teams have been targeting getting to the finals, but for us the internal chat is that getting to the finals is not enough,” Larkham said.

“The beauty of having a home final is that if you get a good crowd on the night, it can most definitely lift the team to a better performance.

“The people here are passionate, vocal and loyal and give the boys a huge lift. We’ve been aiming for a home final all year.

“This is a unique one because of the 6pm kick-off, but unique in a good way.”

The Brumbies are offering free pies to the first 2000 fans to arrive on Friday and limited free parking in order to boost attendance for the early kick off.

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