White smells another upset

    2013-07-29 10:25
    Cape Town - Brumbies coach Jake White is confident his side can pull off a second upset in a row by beating the Chiefs in the Super Rugby final.

    A late try from centre Tevita Kuridrani gave the Brumbies an upset 26-23 over the Bulls in Pretoria over the weekend. But White's team now have to fly back to Australasia for this Saturday's final and will be firm underdogs against a Chiefs side brimming with confidence following a 20-19 semi-final win over the Crusaders.

    "Belief in something is a wonderful thing," White told the Beeld website. "I repeatedly said it last week. People follow sports teams because they want to be there the day that history is made.

    "People go to World Cups to say they were there when it happened. People follow golf tournaments to say they were there when Louis Oosthuizen won the Open.

    "Yes, nobody has won Super Rugby by travelling back and forth over the world. (But) who knows? Maybe it's another challenge that the guys will take with both hands," said White.

    The Brumbies will play in the final for the first time since 2004, when they beat the Crusaders 47-38 in the final in Canberra.

    "The most important thing is to mentally and physically recover as quickly as possible. Further, we just have to believe we can do it," said White.

    The clash at Waikato Stadium kicks off at 09:35 (SA time) on Saturday.

    Officials for the Super Rugby final:

    Chiefs v Brumbies
    Waikato Stadium, Hamilton, New Zealand
    Kick-off (19:35 local time/09:35 SA time)
    Referee: Craig Joubert (RSA)
    AR1: Chris Pollock (NZL)
    AR2: Garratt Williamson (NZL)
    TMO: Vinny Munro (NZL)

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