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Mitchell eyes Reds upset in benchmark match

Mitchell wants to end the Waratahs and the Reds run in Super Rugby

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Article Published: Tuesday 10 July 2012|

Waratahs winger Drew Mitchell says that he wants to mark his 100th Super Rugby appearance by ending New South Wales' horrific recent run for the state's league and union sides.

Former Queenslander Mitchell will return home to Brisbane to play in his milestone match hoping to end the Reds play off chances by giving them their first loss in six matches.

The Waratahs are out of the running for the play offs but the Reds can secure one of the places if they beat the Waratahs with a bonus point and other results go their way.

"Their intent will be to go out there and score four tries," Mitchell told the Sydney Morning Herald.. "But this could go one of two ways.

"They could be at their lethal best, which is a pretty dangerous prospect. They're obviously capable of scoring tries. "

"But there is a risk, especially if they are only going out with the intent to score tries. So it could loosen up a little bit.

"For us it is all about trying to maintain the pressure as much as we can, and that's something we didn't do well against the Brumbies.

"Every time we scored points last weekend we couldn't even secure our kick-offs, so straight away the pressure was relieved."

New South Wales in Rugby Union and Rugby League are both on a seven match losing streak and Mitchell is hoping the Waratahs can end their this weekend.

"We (the Waratahs) have lost seven games in a row - the (rugby league) Blues have lost seven series in a row," Mitchell said.

"It's been a pretty lean time up there at Suncorp for any New South Welshmen."

"Maybe it's time that we had some type of success up at Suncorp, hopefully that's the case.

"We've got enough motivation at the moment to go out there and be up for this game, whether it's the Reds or not."

"It's not about us trying to spoil their year or anything like that."

Mitchell first made his name in Super Rugby for the Reds but moved on to the Force in Perth before moving to the Waratahs.

In 2007 he was the joint top try scorer in the Rugby World Cup but over the last two seasons he has been plagued by injuries which has made it a long wait to get to 100 Super Rugby caps.

"It's taken me 16 or 17 months to get the last four, but it was always something that I wanted to achieve," Mitchell said.

"I had four years there (with Queensland) and I guess the irony is it's my 100th this weekend and I get to play where it started."

Since returning from a horror ankle injury Mitchell has played just five club and Super Rugby and wants to be more involved in his club's final Super Rugby match for 2012.

"I wouldn't say I'm at my peak in terms of fitness. That's never something that was realistically going to come at his point, but it's getting closer," Mitchell said.

"I'm starting to feel more confident and the more confidence you have, the more involved you get."

Despite the lack of game time this season Mitchell still believes he has a chance of playing in the Rugby Championship which starts next month.

"There's still some time before that kicks off and we've got one more game of Super Rugby and, potentially, there's an option of playing a couple of club games after that," Mitchell said.

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