The Brumbies are approaching their next month as do-or-die for their season.
The Brumbies are approaching their next month as do-or-die for their season.

Pocock ready for return as Brumbies brace for ‘do-or-die’

THE long-awaited return of David Pocock and a string of home games have emboldened the Brumbies as they prepare to enter "do-or-die" Super Rugby territory.

The new campaign is only a month old but the tight nature of the Australian conference means crunch time has already arrived.

Fresh from their 24-17 win over the Sharks on Saturday, the Brumbies have the bye this weekend and will need all the rest they can get ahead of what looms as a season-defining stretch.

Six of their next seven games will be played at GIO Stadium in Canberra - starting with their March 31 showdown with the NSW Waratahs, who proved their conference-winning credentials with a 51-27 thumping of the previously unbeaten Melbourne Rebels.

David Pocock is expected to make his Super Rugby return against the Waratahs.
David Pocock is expected to make his Super Rugby return against the Waratahs.

Every team - barring the Sunwolves of Japan, who are winless - is entitled to believe they are in with a shot of finishing top and qualifying for the finals.

"Everything's tightening up in the Aussie conference," winger Andy Muirhead said.

"Every team has dropped a game or two now.

"It's probably going to be a do-or-die match for us in terms of how we're going to end up at the end of the season.

"All the boys have got to get up for a big Tah week like we always do."

 

David Pocock in action for the Brumbies. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy)
David Pocock in action for the Brumbies. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) TRACEY NEARMY

The sheer presence of Pocock should help.

The 29-year-old's last match for the Brumbies was in their July 2016 semi-final loss to the Highlanders, having spent all of last year on a Rugby Australia-sanctioned sabbatical from the game.

His comeback was delayed due to pre-season knee surgery to repair a damaged meniscus but barring any mishaps over the next fortnight, Pocock and co-captain Sam Carter (concussion) should both figure against the Waratahs.

"With Poey's experience and knowledge and Carts as well, it'll be a big booster for our forward pack," said rookie hooker Folau Fainga'a.



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