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Giteau uses mentor to find kicking form

By Ed Logue 08/04/2011 05:02:11 PM Comments (0)

Matt Giteau hopes tips from his goalkicking coach will help the Brumbies avoid a record-equalling sixth straight Super Rugby loss on Saturday night.

The Brumbies (1-5) face the equally desperate Hurricanes (1-4-1) at Canberra Stadium in a match which will probably end the fast-dwindling title hopes of one.

Four of the Brumbies' losses have been by seven points or less, including a 26-20 defeat by the Highlanders last week when captain Giteau missed two penalties and two conversions.

The Wallabies star said on Friday he'd been in contact with his kicking mentor Ben Perkins following his poor strike rate in Invercargill.

"I have spoken to him, and they're just little lazy kind of errors you can get caught into when you are kicking," said Giteau.

The Brumbies have not won since sacking coach Andy Friend after the round two defeat by the Melbourne Rebels.

But coach Tony Rea said the spectre of a sixth straight loss could not be in their thinking.

"It is not an option we are looking at in losing tomorrow," Rea said.

The Brumbies have drawn up a shortlist of five for the head coaching role from next season with Rea and South Africa's 2007 Rugby World Cup winning mentor Jake White among them.

The remainder of this season gives Rea a great opportunity to make an impression if the Brumbies can finally get on a roll.

Rea said the Brumbies were finding the consistency needed to register a win.

"We have done the work this week, we've been good," he said.

Rea had shown faith with the team in naming an unchanged starting line-up, with utility back Pat McCabe returning from a strained hamstring on the bench.

McCabe had been the form back for the Brumbies for their first four matches.

"He is hugely versatile, he can be used anywhere," Rea said.

The Brumbies have received a possible boost with Hurricanes fullback Cory Jane set to miss the match as he awaits the birth of his third child.

All Black stars Conrad Smith, Ma'a Nonu and captain Andrew Hore have been unimpressive so far this season for the Hurricanes.

However, the Wellington-based side can take some confidence in having won their past four Super matches against the Brumbies.

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