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Brumbies get a break against Hurricanes

07/04/2011 07:33:00 PM Comments (0)

The Brumbies have received a break in their bid to end a five-game losing streak with Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane set to miss Saturday's Super Rugby match in Canberra.

All Black Jane will sit out the match due to the impending birth of his third child.

Jane is resigned to staying in Wellington as Andre Taylor trained in his spot on Thursday.

"The due date is Monday but the midwives are telling us it will probably come early," Jane said.

"I can't really go tomorrow then try to get back in time."

Both sides enter the match with one win apiece from six matches and need a win to keep a glimmer of hope for a spot in the finals.

Last week the Brumbies lost 26-20 to the Highlanders in Invercargill, the side's fourth defeat by seven points or less this season.

Brumbies coach Tony Rea has persevered with the same starting 15, with the only change being utility back Pat McCabe returning from injury on the bench.

The side remained optimistic despite not winning a match since round one against the Chiefs, Rea said.

"As long as you work hard you will be confident," he told reporters in Canberra on Thursday.

"If you feel like you are improving when you are working hard, that's the way to build that."

Another loss this weekend would be the sixth straight for the Brumbies and equal their worst losing sequence since 1998.

McCabe had been the form back for the Brumbies before a hamstring strain ruled him out from the past two matches, with speculation Francis Fainifo may drop out of the matchday squad.

Rea said the Hurricanes were a side not to be discounted with All Blacks centre pairing Ma'a Nonu and Conrad Smith, despite the two stars not hitting top form so far.

The Wellington-based side have lost their past three matches including a 26-14 loss at home last weekend to the Bulls.

"Our read on them is that they'll be hungry, they'll be desperate, they'll be keen and they're talented," he said.

Brumbies: Matt Toomua, Henry Speight, Andrew Smith, Christian Lealiifano, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Matt Giteau (capt), Josh Valentine, Ita Vaea, Julian Salvi, Peter Kimlin, Mark Chisholm, Ben Hand, Salesi Ma'afu, Huia Edmonds, Ben Alexander. Res: Anthony Hegarty, Dan Palmer, Colby Faingaa, Michael Hooper, Patrick Phibbs, Tyrone Smith, Francis Fainifo, Pat McCabe.

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