THE Scone Brumbies are hoping their “home ground advantage” will unsettle this weekend’s rivals Moree, according to inspirational skipper Toby Twigg.
The Central North Rugby Union club, enjoying its best season for some time, tackles a side, which sits in third spot on the ladder – just one point ahead of Saturday’s hosts.
“It’ll be a big day at Brumby Park,” Twigg said.
“The girls, seconds and firsts are taking the field, with entertainment afterwards, so we’re making it an event.
“It should be a close game on the paddock.
“Moree just beat us [away] in the first round.
“But, an imposing Scone crowd should spur the boys on this occasion.
“We have a good record [at home] this year.”
The Brumbies suffered a 43-19 loss to competition heavyweights Tamworth Pirates in round 10, but Twigg dismissed that performance.
“I’m not making excuses, however we entered the match without four or five key players,” he said.
“If we’d had our full-strength side, it might have been a different story.
“But, to their credit, the Pirates are on top of the league for a reason.”
Twigg, now in his second season with the Brumbies, was happy to explain the rationale behind Scone’s success this year.
“We’ve got depth in our squad – a better pool of players in 2017,” he said.
“There are more guys available, we have stronger numbers at training and we’re gelling well.
“The boys are really pushing each other.
“It’s the Brumbies’ 50th anniversary this year, too.
“We’re not only pulling in more fans, but a lot of old boys are back.
“There’s a good feeling around the club.
“Although the past few seasons have been tough, we’re now looking at the semis.
“And, I think we can reach the grand final.
“I’m confident we’re capable of going all the way [in 2017].
“Anything can happen on the day.”
No matter how the Brumbies fare, the North Wales recruit will bid Scone farewell at season’s end.
“I love it here, it’s been great,” Twigg said.
“I return home in October.
“But, it would be nice to leave on a winning note.”