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Former Super Rugby champions the Waratahs say that they are happy to win ugly against the Brumbies in Canberra this weekend if it helps them take an early command of the Australian Conference.

The Waratahs are committed to their ball-in-hand but they are preparing for a massive battle in Canberra after edging out the Brumbies 13-10 when they visited Canberra last year.

The Brumbies laid down an early marker in their season opener by smashing last year’s Super Rugby finalists the Hurricanes who were outscored by seven tries to one.

Waratahs captain Dave Dennis says that he is fully aware of the significance of his team beating the Brumbies even though its still very early in the season.

“A win in the second round is just as important as a win in the 18th round,” Dennis told AAP.

The Waratahs beat the Reds 3-10 last week so both teams won their opening matches and Dennis is relishing the challenge of back-to-back derbies.

“The last couple of years but even more so this year these local derbies are becoming more and more important to get momentum in your conference with the way the competition is set up,” Dennis said.

“We have the bye after this weekend so obviously we can target these first two games and it’s a great opportunity to start the season and get ahead in our conference.

“It’s a positive challenge to test yourself early against, for me, probably the most consistent Australian team over the last couple of years.”

Dennis said that even though they want to play an attacking game they are ready to get down and dirty in order to get some early ascendancy in the Australian conference.

“The priority is to win. I think it was 12-8 there last year, so it wasn’t pretty,” he said.

“There wasn’t a lot of points scored but we came away with the win, which was very satisfying and Friday will be no different. It’s always a tough place to play.

“We want to play our style of rugby; obviously try and win our way but you’ve got to adapt at what they throw at you.

“They’re a very good team in terms of at disrupting what you want to do. We’re going to try our best to play our game, as they will, and we’ll see who comes out on top.”

In other news Waratahs prop Benn Robinson has failed a concussion test and will miss this week’s match and scrum coach Andrew Blades admits the Waratahs will lose a wealth of experience.

“He’s our most-capped Waratah. He’s our most-capped Waratah prop,” said Blades.

“(But) we wouldn’t take any type of risks that with type of injury.”

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