A fresh Ben Alexander says the emergence of fellow ACT Brumbies prop Scott Sio opens the way for his own game to have more of an impact.
Accustomed to playing 80 minutes in recent times, Alexander has spent the past two weeks coming off the bench.
He was meant to start in the 23-20 win over the Bulls on Saturday night, but a stomach bug forced him to the bench and Sio started in his place.
Brumbies coach Jake White preferred to give Alexander more time to recover, rather than risking him in a starting role.
The 21-year-old Sio took his chance with both hands, playing a large part in Robbie Coleman’s first-half try.
Declaring himself fully fit and over last week’s bug, Alexander is hoping the break will increase his impact when he returns to the starting line-up.
”That’s it exactly. It is a long season, there’s a lot of games and it does take it out of you,” he told Fairfax Media.
”You’ve got to look at how long the seasons are – if you’re playing every game, you’re going to run out of puff. While you’ll still be out there, you won’t be contributing at your best. That’s why it’s good rotating, sharing the load.
”Especially in the front row where it’s a physical position.”
Alexander said Sio had all the weapons needed in Super Rugby and predicted a ”bright future” for his fellow prop.
He said the top teams had depth in every position and pointed to when the Crusaders rotated the Franks brothers, Owen and Ben, and Wyatt Crockett through the front row. The Brumbies also have Ruaidhri Murphy bolstering their decent prop stocks.
”Scotty’s been awesome as everyone’s saying,” Alexander said.
”He’s a big lump of a lad and he’s got a good attitude. He’s willing to listen … and he’s bearing the fruits of that, a pretty bright future.”
Alexander said a Wallabies’ cap was on the horizon for Sio, while his coach said he was a ”great talent”.
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