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Carter : Road trip will be Brumbies real test

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Brumbies lock Sam Carter says that the real test for the Canberra Super Rugby side will their upcoming three match tour.

The Brumbies play the Western Force in Perth on Friday and then they travel to Cape Town to face the Stormers before finishing the tour in Bloemfontein against the Cheetahs.

Canberra’s Brumbies have made a near perfect start to the 2016 Super Rugby season by beating the Hurricanes and the Waratahs which has them leading the Australasian Group.

“We’ve obviously got off to a good start but now we’ve got three games on the road,” star lock Carter said on Monday.

“It’s important to get these wins away because if we come back and we’ve got a good result in Perth and then South Africa, then we’ll be shaping well for the season.

“So our goal is to win, to win away, and to win well.”

The Wallaby lock says that the trip to Perth is always a touch one and they have had mixed results their in the past but he prefers traveling earlier in the season when the team is fresh.

Last season the Brumbies South African tour wasn’t until round 13/14 and they lost to the Stormers but beat the Lions in Johannesburg.

“Going away now it is better, but obviously we still have to get the results and play well,” Carter told AAP

Meanwhile Carter’s fellow lock Blake Enever suffered AC joint damage to his shoulder against the Waratahs so he won’t be touring with the rest of the team and will miss at least four weeks.

“It’s a shame for him, especially because he was very good towards the end of last year and he trained well over the off-season,” added Carter.

“He got his opportunity last week and unfortunately he got injured.

“But I guess these things happen.”

It’s likely that Rory Arnold will replace him as he started in Round one against the Hurricanes.

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