Casualty ward emptying for Brumbies ahead of Highlanders clash

Getty Images and James Mortimer     10 Apr 2013     Getty Images

The match against the Highlanders is developing to be a major task for Jake White’s men, after a disappointing 28-all draw against the Southern Kings on Friday night in Canberra.

Despite the draw the Brumbies still sit at the top of the Super Rugby table along side last years champions the Chiefs, but with big games ahead in the next few weeks against the Reds and Crusaders, Friday’s match is crucial.

While the Highlanders are yet to register a victory so far this season and sit last on the Super Rugby table, they have potential match winners in all positions and are shaping up to be a very difficult opponent.

Their back line is potentially the Brumbies biggest concern, with All Blacks Colin Slade, Ma’a Nonu and Hosea Gear itching to notch up their first win.

After being given the week off against the Kings, flyhalf Matt Toomua is confident though that the Brumbies can bounce back with a win and is looking forward to resuming his combination with Nic White and Christian Lealiifano.

“I was jumping out of my skin ready to go this morning,” Toomua said

“My body is good, i feel well and i’m raring to go.

“It’s been a good week to refresh from my point of view coming back from South Africa, so the rest came at the right time for me personally.

“I have enjoyed the first six games playing with Nic and Christian, developing a combination and hopefully a good one.”

Toomua was outstanding at flyhalf in the first six games this season for the Brumbies forming a strong partnership with Lealiifano, but admits they will both have to be on their game to take on the Highlanders.

“It will be a good test for our boys, we definitely don’t have the same amount of International players as they do, so it will be a good way to test ourselves,” Toomua said.