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Mowen believes Brumbies deserve to win title

Brumbies captain Ben Mowen on the charge against the Chiefs

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Article Published: Saturday 26 July 2014|

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Brumbies captain Ben Mowen says that the Brumbies deserve to win the 2014 Super Rugby title for the work they have done over the last three years.

Two time Super Rugby winners the Brumbies face tournament favourites the Waratahs in all Australian Semi-final in Sydney on Saturday with the winner facing the winner of the Crusaders and Sharks semi-final.

The Waratahs are the hot favourites for the title as they finished seven points clear of the Crusaders and if they beat the Brumbies they will host the final.

The Waratahs have never won a Super Rugby title but are the in-form team and are on a seven game winning streak and last month they thrashed the Brumbies 39-8 in Sydney.

In 2011 the Brumbies had a disastrous year as they finished in 13th place having sacked their coach Andy Friend in the first month of the season.

Mowen believes that the way the Brumbies have rebuilt their side since 2011 deserves to be rewarded.

"I honestly believe the group deserves a championship for the work that's been done," Mowen told AFP.

"Not only the last 12 months but over the last three and a bit years.

"But thinking you deserve one and actually getting one are two different things."

Mowen joined the Brumbies from the Waratahs for the 2012 season and the Semi-final could be his last game for the Canberra side as he has agreed to join French Top 14 side Montpellier.

"For me personally, I'm very motivated to make sure that this group gets what they deserve," he said.

Last year under South African Rugby World Cup winning coach Jake White the Brumbies beat the Bulls in Pretoria in their Semi-final and Mowen says that they task they face this week is an even bigger challenge.

"That was obviously a great milestone for the team, to go over there (to South Africa) and achieve that, but I think the way that the Waratahs have played this year, they have really stamped themselves on the competition," Mowen said.

Mowen says that the experience of reaching the Super Rugby final in 2014 - where they lost to the Chiefs - has put the Brumbies in the right frame of mind to tackke the Waratahs.

"We probably burned ourselves out a little bit (last season) through the training week, with being over-excited for game day, where this year we're definitely a lot more measured," he said.

"We've scored 11 tries in the last two weeks, so our attack feels really confident and our defence is working hard."

 
 
 
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