Trial form is not indicative of season form, as Dan McKellar pointed out. The Brumbies regularly smack the Rebels in trials but don’t carry it into the season proper.
Australia’s Super Rugby hopes lie solely on the shoulders of the ACT Brumbies this finals series.
The Canberra side were the only national team to qualify for the knockout stage of the season, with an impressive 10-win, 48-point campaign enough to see them top the Australian conference by a comfortable 14 points.
After the bitterly disappointing late-season collapse by Melbourne, all eyes will be on them to do Australia proud in what’s been an otherwise forgettable season.
Are the Brumbies just there to make up the numbers? Or can the capital natives surprise their international foes with a stunning run to the final?
We got Roar rugby expert Brett McKay to preview their quarter-final with the Sharks and see just how far they can go this finals series on the Game of Codes podcast.
Listen to the discussion:
The Brumbies have traditionally been Australia’s most successful Super Rugby side; making six grand finals over the years and lifting the trophy twice – in 2001 and 2004.
Their 2013 grand final loss to the Chiefs was the start of five consecutive finals appearances, although they couldn’t progress past the semi-finals in that time.