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Highlanders expect tough assignment against Brumbies


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Highlanders assistant coach Tony Brown says that they are expecting a touch assignment in this weekend’s Super Rugby quarter final but will be ready for anything the Brumbies can throw at them.

The defending champions says that the Highlanders have always found matches in Canberra to be tough and this weekend will be a challenge for them

“Australian teams are always a tough challenge for us, they’ve got a lot of good rugby players who play a pretty good style of footy so every time we play an Aussie team we know we are up for a pretty tough game,” he said.

Brown said that Highlanders training had been trimmed back this week and there was a focus on recovering from a tough game against the Chiefs.

“Then it’s about us getting ready to play against a pretty good Brumbies side,” he said on the All Black site

“Canberra is always a tough place to go and they’ve got a pretty proud record there and this is the first time we’ve played a play-off game there so it’s going to be a challenge in itself so we’re looking forward to it.”

The Brumbies are hopeful that they will have David Pocock back and the Highlanders are expecting him make his comeback from an eye socket fracture.

“I’m sure he will want to play and will be doing his best to play. We’re preparing to play him,” Brown said.

The Highlanders are also preparing for a wet game as wet weather has been forecast for Friday night in Canberra.

Brown added that he expects the Brumbies to really test them in the opening 30 minutes of the match and their challenge will be to play their game despite the pressure of the match.

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