CANBERRA – The Brumbies head into Saturday's Super Rugby quarter-final against the Sharks as clear favourites, but coach Dan McKellar has warned his team not to get ahead of themselves as they target a third title.
The Australian franchise have won eight of their past nine games, including seven in a row at Canberra Stadium.
In contrast, the Sharks only just squeezed into the final eight after a last-gasp win over Western Stormers completed an unconvincing run to the playoffs.
Despite this, McKellar is wary ahead of the sudden-death match, which could be the last for inspirational captain Christian Lealiifano who is leaving for Japan at the end of the season.
Fellow Brumby stars David Pocock, Rory Arnold, Sam Carter and Henry Speight are also departing the club when the campaign ends.