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Jake White's experience will be key for Brumbies

Brumbies coach Jake White knows how to win big matches

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Article Published: Tuesday 30 July 2013






Brumbies coach Jake White will be able to share his Rugby World Cup winning experience with his players ahead of this weekend's Super Rugby final against the Chiefs.

White coached South Africa's Springboks to victory at the 2007 Rugby World Cup and has transformed the Brumbies from strugglers to finalists in two seasons.

The South African says that it will take a while longer to restore the Brumbies to their former glory but he is urging his players to seize the opportunity and approach the match as a World Cup final.

"I don't think you do anything differently (preparing for a World Cup final or a Super Rugby decider) and one of the things we met about this morning is that's probably where I can help them the most because I've been there," White told Sportal.

"Look at today, they go for a swimming recovery session at a schoolboy pool and there's more journos and media than there are in any other code I've ever been involved in.

"I felt like I was back in South Africa in terms of how important this game is in rugby union, and I said to them, 'just enjoy it boys but at the same time just be appreciative of the fact that I can help you through this.

"Those things are probably nice to have but they mustn't become distractions ... the thing that's going to make us win on Saturday is if we do the things right, not worry about all the other things.

"It's fantastic to have (the attention) and it's wonderful for the club, but the lessons I've learnt of playing in high-profile games is just do your first job and that's to play rugby."

White said that his players were recovering well from their 23-26 Semi-final victory over the Bulls and the flight back to Canberra from Pretoria.

"I just can't compliment (the players) enough, straight after the game (they took) sleepers (sleeping tablets), had a meal and then straight to bed," said.

"They knew straight away they had to get into Aussie time, so the proof is that they get here and they're fresh.

"It's one more week to go and as I said this week is not so much about how much extra we do, it's about how little we do in terms of understanding we've got to be fresh."

When asked what challenges the Chiefs will pose to the Brumbies in Hamilton White said that the Brumbies would just work on perfecting their game this week.

"(Assistant coaches) Laurie (Fisher) and Bernie (Stephen Larkham) spent hours looking for things, for trends, and they're obviously two really astute students of the game," he said.

"And I'm sure they would have looked at things and understood but I suppose the message that I would give to the players and to the coaching staff is we don't need to move anything away from what's worked for us.

"It's nothing to be embarrassed about, we've got a brand that works for us as a group. We're two years into our campaign, we get success, we have belief.

"There's no use now trying to reinvent the wheel, we've just got to do the things that we do really well, well under pressure situations.

 
 
 
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