Brumbies again rower Lachlan McCaffrey has sympathy and respect for the travails and travels of native NRL membership Canberra.
But he reckons his crew’s preliminary Super Rugby AU opponent Melbourne Rebels aren’t doing it so robust, regardless of additionally being compelled on the highway.
The Brumbies and Rebels meet at GIO Stadium on Saturday, the night time after the Raiders play their first residence sport on the identical venue in three and a half months, due to the NRL’s shutdown and the measures applied as a result of coronavirus pandemic.
“I felt really sorry for the Raiders boys, they’ve had a really tough start to kicking off back the NRL,” McCaffrey stated.
“I feel numerous respect must be proven for them not whingeing, they have not come out and whinged within the media, they’ve simply received on with it and toughed it out.
“I’m actually excited to observe them get again to GIO on Friday night time.
The Rebels relocated to Canberra final Friday.
Aware that the Queensland authorities was seeking to tighten restrictions round Victorian sports activities groups as a result of coronavirus spike in Melbourne, the gamers got 48 hours’ discover to arrange for the shift.
“You say it’s a struggle for them but they have probably been the winners from COVID,” McCaffrey stated.
“They are staying down on the Crowne Plaza and get to remain in Canberra for an additional week.
“They are coaching down at RMC (The Royal Military College), which has fairly good services and so they do not need to journey on the day (of the sport) so I feel they’re most likely not too dangerous.
“I think they are enjoying all the golf courses around Canberra.”
McCaffrey stated the Brumbies at all times had numerous respect for the best way the Rebels play.
“They are tough, they try and go through teams,” he stated.
Resuming competitors has delayed McCaffrey’s marriage which was scheduled for final Friday, but he cheerfully admitted loads of different folks had been doing issues harder.
“A lot of people out there are losing businesses and a lot worse off than just having to rearrange a marriage or miss out on a little bit of footy,” he stated.