Jesse Mogg is desperate to end his big-game heartbreak. Photo: Jay CronanBrumbies fullback Jesse Mogg will use two years of big-game heartbreak for motivation to ensure he doesn’t let another opportunity slip as the ACT chases a Super Rugby title.
A week after the biggest moment of his career – a Wallabies debut in front of 83,000 fans – Mogg will spearhead the Brumbies’ hopes of clinching a top-two spot on the ladder before the finals begin.
Mogg hopes the pain of playing in a losing Test series to the British and Irish Lions and the lingering memory of the Brumbies’ last-round choke from last season will finally deliver the success he craves. ”Everyone knows how much last year hurt us [at the Brumbies] and given a second chance, I’m not going to let it slip again,” Mogg said.
”We’ve taken opportunities this year and if we get another one we’ll take it. I think we’ve got the squad to reach the top [of Super Rugby]. You can’t dwell on losses.”
The Brumbies will resume their Super Rugby season when they play the Western Force in Perth on Saturday night.
If results go their way, the Brumbies have an opportunity to finish in the top two if they beat the Force with a bonus point.
Mogg is desperate to play in the finals after his debut season came to a shuddering halt when the Brumbies faltered at the last hurdle last year.
Two years ago Mogg was playing club rugby in Canberra, but the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting fullbacks in the competition.
His form was rewarded when he was called into the Wallabies squad for the Lions series and he made his debut in the series-deciding Test last weekend.
With his first touch he burst through a hole and the rangy fullback appeared certain to score before being cut down by an ankle tap.
”I got a lot of confidence out of the Wallabies game and I’ll just be back at the Brumbies and try not to overplay my hand,” the Brumbies ace said.
”We’ve got a massive job ahead of us. We can’t bring the disappointment from the Wallabies back to the Brumbies, we’ve got to be ready to win a Super Rugby championship.
”This Force game is the perfect chance to build into the finals … the intensity has lifted, we’ve moved on and [are] just concentrating on this weekend.”
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.