The University of Canberra Brumbies have been given a heroes’ farewell in Canberra as they departed for Sydney for the 2014 Asteron Life Super Rugby semi-final against the NSW Waratahs.
Fans came from all around the capital to wish the unchanged UC Brumbies side the best of luck against tradition rivals NSW.
UC Brumbies Head Coach Stephen Larkham was grateful for Canberra’s support but said it would be business as usual for his side.
“It's standard preparation for the side now.
“The beauty of Super Rugby is that every game is important.”
“For me and the other coaches it’s making sure that every detail is there for them to assist their preparation.
“There is no team to focus on next week at this stage so we are focused on making sure the detail and the performance is there for this week.
The UC Brumbies are no strangers to Super Rugby Finals having won the tournament two times in the club’s history and made the final last year against the Chiefs.
“This group of guys is certainly comfortable with finals football”, Larkham said.
“We played the Finals last year and went down to the Chiefs and already this year we have beaten them.
“In addition to that match the game against the Western Force in the last round was the equivalent of a final.
“I think the guys stand up to the pressure quite well so we certainly have that experience on our side.
“We have been very lucky to get the players we have back from injury over the last couple of weeks and have as close to a full strength side as possible.”
One of those returning injured players was UC Brumbies prop Ben Alexander who is excited for the challenge facing the Brumbies against the Waratahs.
“This is the biggest Super Rugby finals derby I’ve been involved in.
“The guys are really excited for 7.30 on Saturday to come round.
“It has been a while since Australian Rugby had two sides in the semi-final, so it’s great for Australian Rugby.
“It means a lot to have so many people here. We know who we are representing and we love representing this city.
“Hopefully a lot of people will travel to Sydney for the game.”
The UC Brumbies take on the NSW Waratahs in Sydney on Saturday 26 July and tickets can be purchased here.