BERRY'S Will Miller and his ACT Brumbies have been the most criticised attacking team in Super Rugby in recent years, but the chance to create history and prove doubters wrong has sparked their 2020 campaign.
The Brumbies are the only team to have scored 10 tries in the first two games of the season after stretching their Canberra winning streak to 10 in a row.
If they beat the Otago Highlanders on Saturday night, it will equal the second longest home winning streak in the club's history and edge them closer to the 13-game record set between 1996-98.
The fast start to the season is the best in four years, but the Highlanders loom as the biggest threat so far this season as the Brumbies brace for their first trans-Tasman test of the year.
The Highlanders have won 12 of their past 15 games against Australian opponents, including their last four in a row against the Brumbies.
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Outside centre Tevita Kuridrani said winning back to back games to start the year was crucial to build confidence in a new-look Brumbies side and they're determined to set up their season with a hat-trick of triumphs.
"It's been really good to get those two wins at the start of the season, it's given the boys a lot of confidence going into this weekend," Kuridrani said.
"It will be good against the Highlanders, it's always tough against a New Zealand team. But it will be good to test ourselves, we're looking forward to the challenge. Hopefully it's a good one.
"The first three games at home ... we really need to win those. It could set our season up."
Brumbies coach Dan McKellar is expected to make minimal changes to his team again, sticking with combinations after drafting in several rookies this season.
Recruit Will Miller says he's ready to jump into perhaps the most Brumbies' most revered jersey this week if Tom Cusack is ruled out with concussion.
Cusack has a history of concussion, prompting a trip to a specialist two years ago, and it's likely the Brumbies will err on the side of caution given the club's back-row depth.
Former NSW Waratah and Melbourne Rebel Miller has been impressive off the bench in the first two rounds, while Lachlan McCaffrey made a strong comeback via the Brumby Runners last week.
One will get the chance to step into the No. 7 jersey, which has been worn by George Smith, David Pocock and inaugural skipper Brett Robinson.
"If that's the case [and I get picked] then I'll take it with both hands, Miller said.
"Hopefully I can do whatever I can to put my best foot forward. I didn't want the opportunity to come through injury, but if that happens I'll definitely take it.
"We've got competition in the back row, but all across the squad and the more we have that, the better we'll be through the year.
"The community and club feel down here with the Brumbies culture, it's something I've enjoyed a lot more.
"There are always challenges, but this is as good of a transition as I've had."
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The Brumbies destroyed the Rebels in the first 30 minutes last week, scoring four tries before half-time and all but sealing the result not long after the break.
Their performances have been patchy as McKellar integrates new faces with experienced Wallabies, but the hope is they can break the shackles and silence any doubts about their credentials if they topple the Highlanders.
They scored the second highest amount of tries of all teams last season, trailing only eventual champions the Canterbury Crusaders.
This season they're leading the way after two games, although they've also conceded seven tries.
The Brumbies are hoping attacking rugby and the chance to smash a 22-year-old record will convince fans to come back to the stands after an average of just 7267 people turned up to their first two games.
"We've just got to focus on the fundamentals, work around the community and get people involved to make sure there's a connection there," Miller said.
"The more kids want to play and want to watch, the better it will be.
"It's early in the season ... the better we play the more [people] will want to come and watch. If we can get a few more in the stands, that will be great. We'll keep playing good footy and wait for them to come back."
Darcy Swain is expected to be back in the selection mix this week, while coaches are managing Kuridrani's training load after playing every minute of the first two games. Scott Sio will be monitored, but James Slipper is ready to start in the front row if needed.