AAP Rugby

Brumbies ready for ‘benchmark’ Highlanders

By AAP Newswire

The Brumbies are unbeaten after two rounds of Super Rugby but admit they face "the benchmark" against the Highlanders in Canberra on Saturday.

The Brumbies can equal their second-best winning streak at home with an 11th straight win at GIO Stadium but they'll have to snap a losing run against the Kiwis.

The Highlanders have won four straight against the ACT and haven't lost to them since 2015.

The Brumbies earned opening wins against the Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels but skipper Allan Alaalatoa admitted tackling New Zealand opposition would reveal where they really sit.

"We definitely know Kiwi teams are the benchmark of Super Rugby so it's a great time to test ourselves and where we're at," Alaalatoa said.

"We know they like to play fast footy and what they play is unexpected, you don't know what they're going to turn up with so for us it's defensively being connected and reacting well.

"It's going to be a tough game."

Alaalatoa said the best part about their start to the season was they were winning but there remains plenty of room for improvement.

"We haven't played the perfect game and you're never going to but it depends on who reacts better in different situations throughout the game," he said.

"It has been a great start but you don't want to get too ahead of yourself at this point in the season. We must find ways to get better."

The Brumbies run at home comes despite crowd figures falling 15 per cent this season and Alaalatoa said the simplest way to brings back fans was to keep winning.

The record winning streak in Canberra is 13 and Alaalatoa said the players are aware of the history they can create.

"It's not something that we speak about but it's definitely at the back of our minds," Alaalatoa said.

"All we can do is continue to put our best foot forward and if we're playing a good brand of footy I believe that's going to attract people to come down.

"Our commercial team are doing plenty to bring people in but first and foremost you've got to be playing a good brand of footy."