The University of Canberra Brumbies have named an unchanged side to take on the Bulls this weekend at Loftus Versfeld as the ACT-based club fights for a spot in the Super Rugby Grand Final.
The Tuggeranong Vikings have grinded out a 49-13 win over a gallant Uni-Norths Owls who trailed by just one point at half time.
It was the first time in nine long Super Rugby seasons Canberra footy fans had the chance to witness Super Rugby finals again, and boy did they let that be known.
The University of Canberra Brumbies will fly to South Africa on Monday morning to meet the Bulls for a Grand Final spot after downing the Cheetahs 15-13 in a nail biting affair at Canberra Stadium on Sunday.
Seasoned campaigners George Smith and Clyde Rathbone make a return to the University of Canberra Brumbies starting XV this Sunday in the side’s first finals appearance in nine years.
University of Canberra Brumbies flyer Henry Speight believes Sunday’s playoff match against the Cheetahs will be played at a much higher intensity and physicality than the squad will be used to, but remains confident that the side will perform under the added pressure.
It’s been nine long years since the University of Canberra Brumbies last featured in a Super Rugby finals series, but despite the drought backs coach Stephen Larkham says the side is looking forward to the challenge of finally having another crack at the title.
There will be no need for workers in Canberra’s city to pack a lunch on Thursday with 10 University of Canberra Brumbies players firing up the barbecue in Garema Place.
The University of Canberra Brumbies will host the Cheetahs on Sunday, 21 July at 4.10pm in the first Qualifying Final at Canberra Stadium in almost a decade.
A spirited Western Force had ended its season on a high defeating the University of Canberra Brumbies on Saturday 21-15.