Donald aiming for Brumbies victory



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It’s been a long time since the Chiefs won in Canberra and a win this weekend would confirm that they have turned the corner and can be considered as serious contenders for the play offs.

The Chiefs will have to go back in the record books to 1999 to see when they last won in Canberra but first five-eighths Stephen Donald says that they will have to go there with confidence this Friday night and “put a stake in the ground” against the Brumbies.

The Chiefs started slowly but have gathered pace and are now in the top half of the table in seventh place.

To continue their push up the table for a place in the play offs the Chiefs need to beat the ninth-placed Brumbies, who have a game in hand, before taking their bye new week.

“I think the best I’ve ever done over there (in Canberra) is one draw and two two-point losses,” said Donald on the Chiefs web site.

“Usually (Stirling) Mortlock’s killed us on the buzzer.”

Mortlock could be their nemesis again as he is expected to be back from injury to take his place in his 100th game for the Brumbies against the Chiefs and fellow Wallaby Adam Ashley-Cooper is also in line to return to strengthen the Brumbies back line.

Donald says that the Chiefs must go to the Australian capital and produce a match-winning performance if they are serious about making this year’s playoffs.

“They’re a team that’s pushing for the top four and so are we. If we want to be serious about this comp, it’s non-negotiable, we’ve got the confidence now and we’ve just got to go over there and play well.

“There’s no (George) Gregan and (Stephen) Larkham anymore, so I think we can take some confidence from that and it’s just a game we’ve just got to go and front up in.”

Donald added that they would not be changing their game plan for the Brumbies.

“There’s no rocket science to our game. Everyone knows what it’s about and we’ll go in (to this game) with the same tactics I’d imagine.

“We just want to be a bit more accurate and also tidy up a few defensive errors.”

“The forwards are the strength of the Highlanders and I thought the boys took another step there, and it’s good that a lot of our inter-passing is coming off now,” he said.

“Maybe a couple of weeks ago the balls would have gone down when we started to throw the odd ball but things are going well and it’s pretty fun to be part of it.”

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