«I’m just trying to be as optimistic as I can, there is no point getting down on the situation,» Hawera said.
«There’s nothing I can do about it. I keep in close contact with the coach and talk to him about it, so hopefully I can be back in there soon and show them what I can do.
«Obviously the goal was just to try to play well for the Eagles on Saturday. Hopefully I was able to do that and force my way back into that side. That’s something I will speak to the coach about and just hope for the best.»
The Brumbies are searching for their first win across the ditch since 2014 but a clash with the Crusaders will be no easy task with several Wallabies set to be rested.
Rugby Australia’s player stand-down rule for the World Cup could see Scott Sio, Folau Faingaa, Rory Arnold and Tevita Kuridrani miss out but David Pocock and Allan Alaalatoa should return if proven fit.
Hawera will keep knocking on McKellar’s door in a bid to earn a Super Rugby starting spot, adamant being largely overlooked so far this year will do little to dent his confidence.
The 25-year-old got some much needed minutes — 86 of them in fact — under his belt for Gungahlin in their thrilling John I Dent Cup round one triumph against the Tuggeranong Vikings on Saturday.
The calibre of players on display left some feeling like they were witnessing a Brumbies intra-club trial with Hawera, Darcy Swain, Tom Ross, Mack Hansen, Jahrome Brown, Jordan Jackson-Hope, and Ryan Lonergan all featuring.
«I haven’t obviously played as much footy as I’d like to, but it’s always good to come back and play for the Eagles,» Hawera said.
«Every time I come back they open their arms to me and welcome me back. It was also good to play with my flatmate Jahrome Brown, I thought he was awesome, and it was awesome to get a win over a good team.
«Honestly I loved it. A lot of them are young boys I train with every day and I know they play an awesome brand of footy I like to play with and not so much against so that was interesting. We had a few laughs out there at the same time so I really enjoyed it.
«It was tough going out there, we started well in the first half. Then yellow card, red card, and we were up against it. We were pretty lucky to get a penalty late in the piece and get a line out five metres from the line, and the forwards did the rest.»
Caden Helmers is a sports reporter for The Canberra Times