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Gits says he wants to play five-eighth

By Ed Logue 11/02/2011 03:57:07 PM Comments (0)

Veteran Matt Giteau has declared he wants to take control of the Brumbies backline and make the five-eighth jersey his own.

Giteau played at No.10 as the Brumbies wrapped up their Super season preparation with a 21-21 draw against the Hurricanes, with the New Zealand side converting a try after the siren at Viking Park.

The 28-year-old Test star, who is widely tipped to play overseas after this year's World Cup in New Zealand, said he enjoyed directing the side from five-eighth.

Last year he never settled at 10 or 12, sharing the five-eighth role with Matt Toomua.

"I would like to play flyhalf, I did enjoy it out there, I enjoy that sense of control," said Giteau, who also captained the side.

"I guess I had a bit more of a focus of running a bit more and taking opportunities."

It was Giteau's first run of the year following the Wallabies' end of year tour.

By his own lofty standards, the inside back had a patchy 2010 for both the Brumbies and Australia.

It culminated in him being dumped from the Test starting team for the first time in five years for the match against Italy.

Brumbies coach Andy Friend said he was impressed by the former Western Force playmaker's performance.

"Giteau at 10, he set the backline alight and they looked pretty sharp," Friend said.

"From a naked eye, they seemed to perform pretty well, (but) we will reserve our judgement until we look at the tape."

Friend said his side had improved since its 38-5 loss to the Queensland Reds six days earlier.

"A lot happier with our physicality, that was lacking and we found that in the first half," he said.

"Our set-piece didn't function overly well last week, tonight it was very very good our scrum was very sound."

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