Reds player Stephen Moore runs with the ball against the Crusaders.
Reds player Stephen Moore runs with the ball against the Crusaders. DAVE HUNT

Reds star not worried about his return to Brumbies

RUGBY UNION: Stand-in Queensland skipper Stephen Moore is unconcerned about his return to Canberra despite the fact his move to the Reds was not well accepted when it was announced in December 2015.

At the time Brumbies CEO Michael Jones hit out at the Wallabies captain, saying the franchise had "moved heaven and earth" to keep the hooker at the franchise and his move had left a "sour taste".

But ahead of Saturday night's crunch Super Rugby clash in the nation's capital, Moore said he was keen to move on and focus on the game against the Brumbies.

"It's being talked about a lot but I think it's important now that as a team we go down there and play really well," he said.

"It's a huge game for us and very important in the context of our season.

"We need to go down there and play really well.

"It's about the team performance and going to Canberra - a place where we haven't done well - and putting a performance in."

The Reds need to kick-start their stuttering campaign but will go into the clash without Quade Cooper, regular captain James Slipper and Karmichael Hunt.

Moore said it would be a tough task against the Australian Conference leaders but was hoping to come away with a much-needed win.

"They play consistently well, everyone knows their job down there and they all do it really well," he said.

"There were some positive signs for us there last week that we can take forward and we've had a good week of preparation.

"We're going down there clear in the way we want to play the game and now it's just a case of going down and doing that under pressure."