Brumbies flyhalf Noah Lolesio is hopeful they can carry their impressive start into their clash with the Queensland Reds as Lolesio prepares to do whatever is best for the team.
The Brumbies were the standout team from Super Round, producing a gutsy 25-20 win to defeat the Blues, who hadn't lost a regular season game in over a year.
“It’s a very good vibe around the boys,” Lolesio told reporters.
“We were really focused on getting that result in Melbourne a couple of days ago. It was very scrappy but I thought we did really well to get the result we wanted.
“I think the belief was always there. As you saw, the game went to the 81st minute so we knew we had to stick in there. It’s an awesome vibe and hopefully, we can carry that into Saturday.”
Lolesio has started the opening two games from the bench, serving a closer-type role alongside Wallabies teammate Nic White.
Whilst the pair will likely get their shot to start against the Reds on Saturday, Lolesio was putting the team first.
“It’s a team-first mentality at the moment so me and (Nic) ‘Whitey’ have been doing a pretty good job coming in for the last 30 minutes there," he said.
“At the same time, I think (Ryan) ‘Lonners’ and (Jack Debreczeni) have been doing an awesome job leading the time around in that first half.
“I’m just putting the team first and be the best version of myself."
The Brumbies will go into the contest without captain Allan Alaalatoa, who will serve a mandatory 12-day rest after he failed his HIA early in the game.
His absence opens the door for Rhys Van Nek to get his first Super Rugby start, having played more minutes in Sunday's 71-minute cameo than he did for the Rebels in 2022.
“It’s a dream come true,” Van Nek said on his sudden rise.
“Being in Canberra and having the guys around me at the moment, world-class coaches and teammates, you can’t beat it.
“Coming in here, we talk about family as a big value of ours and not knowing what to expect and that there’s a lot of world-class guys, being able to gel with a lot of the guys like Al (Alaalatoa) and Tom Ross, we’ve all been gelling really well.
"...It’s pretty big shoes to feel. Al is unreal, hopefully he is feeling well. He’ll go through his protocols but very big shoes to feel."