Heenan looks to continue Reds domination



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Brumbies flanker Daniel Heenan found himself on the wrong end of some big scorelines against the Brumbies during his four-year career with the Queensland Reds.

This Saturday night he is hoping for another lop-sided scoreline, only this time he hopes to experience the victor’s side.

“I’ve been on the back end of a few beltings by the Brumbies through the years,” said the former Reds star.

“It would be good if I could experience the other side of a scoreline like that,” he said.

The Brumbies have lost just one match to the Reds since the inception of Super 12 rugby, which the Queeslanders won 19-18 at Ballymore way back in 1999.

The Brumbies biggest win over Queensland came in 2004, when Heenan and the Reds conceded 51 points in a Sunday afternoon match at Canberra Stadium.

Born and raised on a Queensland property 90km west of Brisbane, Heenan said that it will be a strange feeling running out for the Brumbies against his former teammates.

“It will be a bit different for sure. I’ll be playing against guys I’ve played with for the last few years and guys I went to school with,” he said.

“It will be tough but I’ve just got to concentrate on the job at hand and win the game for the Brumbies. After the game we’ll all be mates gain.”

Despite the fact that the Reds have been eliminated from finals contention in this year’s Tooheys New Super 14, Heenan believes that Saturday night’s meeting will be equally as tough as any other interstate clash.

“The Reds have shown some good form over the last couple of weeks. They’ve shown that they’re capable of scoring tries and playing some good footy,” he said.

“We’ll have to be on our game for the entire eighty minutes to put them away, not give them any chances.”

Heenan said that the Brumbies wouldn’t be taking any opposition lightly ahead of the finals.

“There’s no room for complacency in this competition. As was evidenced last week the bottom team can match it with the top team on any given night,” he said.

“Regardless of who we’re playing against, each week we’re trying to improve little components of our game,” he added.

“Hopefully we can continue to do that and will be hitting our straps in time for the finals.”

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