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Brumbies can go all the way - Fisher

16th July 2014 14:11

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Quietly confident: Laurie Fisher

Brumbies director of rugby Laurie Fisher revealed that his players "know we're good enough" to win the tournament ahead of this weekend's clash with the Chiefs.

Fisher, who is leaving the Brumbies to take control of Gloucester in the English Premiership, is preparing for a Canberra farewell as the play-off clash with the Chiefs is set to be the Brumbies last match at their home base this season.

The winners of this weekend's encounter will face the Waratahs in Sydney next weekend if the Sharks beat the Highlanders in their play-off clash in Durban.

"I don't think there's any flying under the radar in finals games," Fisher told the Canberra Times.

"We've got more experience this year ... it's a relief to be there but we know we're good enough to go all the way in the competition.

"To be alive in a home final, it's tremendously satisfying at this stage.''

As the team that finished at the top of the table, after the league phase of the competition, the Waratahs are the favourites to go all the way and finish the knockout rounds as champions.

Australian Rugby Union chief executive Bill Pulver said at the start of the year that he expects big things from the Sydneysiders. Fisher said Pulver's praise of the Waratahs added to the Brumbies' motivation.

"It certainly makes you hungry to be successful, it adds to your desire for your team to do the absolute best they can," Fisher said.

"We might joke about [Pulver's comments] every now and then, there's a bit of banter between the coaching staff. It's not a driver of performance though."

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