Cubelli on ‘high tempo’ Highlanders

Tomas Cubelli believes the Brumbies have what it takes to deal with high tempo rugby when they face the Highlanders on Friday in Canberra.

The Brumbies face a potent Highlanders outfit that are fresh off a big win over the Chiefs on the weekend. The Dunedin clash was a thrilling display of high paced attacking rugby, but it's something the scrum-half backs his teammates to deal with.

"We are really excited about this week, it's the thing we've been chasing all year," the Argentine told the official Brumbies website.

"We've worked really hard to be in the finals. We have a home quarter-final against the Highlanders which is a good challenge for everyone in the team.

"They have very good skills and the tempo of the game will be very high and intense so it'll be a big challenge for us but I think we can manage it."

Despite being at home, the Brumbies are arguably the underdogs going into the fixture, as their first and last win against a New Zealand team in 2016 was in the competition's opening week, when they thumped the Hurricanes.

When the Highlanders hosted the men from Canberra in April, the home side ran out to a convincing 23-10 win in the rain and cold of Invercargill.

"I think it is a game to think about," added Cubelli.

"We played great running rugby in the first half despite the weather. We can take some things from that but now we have to think about why it wasn’t reflected on the scoreboard and try to perfect it this week."