Rugby Union 3 years ago

Mowen wants fond farewell

  • Mowen wants fond farewell

ACT Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen says he wants his side's "pathway to keep going" in light of playing what will likely be his last game at Canberra Stadium in the Super Rugby qualifying final against the Waikato Chiefs on Saturday night.

Mowen has already packed most of his personal gear and moved it into temporary storage has he prepares to make his move to France when his Super Rugby campaign ends for this season.

He is set to join French rugby club Montpellier.

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And for him, there would be no better way to make a statement in this finals series than get another win in the grand final rematch against the Chiefs.

"I want this pathway to continue, and it's a big step a long the way," said Mowen.

"These are the games you love playing- grand final re-matches in front of your home crowd- it's the stage of the tournament where everything is on the line, and that's what makes it so enjoyable."

"It'll be my 50th game as well, and I said at the start of the year I wanted to ahieve this milestone, and I'm very proud to do that."

The Brumbies gave the Chiefs a night to forget in their first encounter since going down to them in last year's grand final back in round 11, 41-23, but Mowen said they would be facing a much better Chiefs side this week.

"The regular season matters little to what happens in the finals, and our guys are aware of that," he said.

The Brumbies hit form again against the Western Force in the final round of the regular season with a 47-23 belting just a week after a humiliating 39-8 loss to minor premiers the Waratahs.

Mowen said the return of injured players since then had created a re-found confidence in the squad and we would see a firing Brumbies side in the finals series.

"It's great to have the players that missed the Waratahs game back and performing for us...we spoke as a group that everyone who wants to get on the field has to perform for us. Any soft moments on the Chiefs and they'll turn the scoreboard on us really quickly."

"We're not too worried about the chance of facing the Waratahs in the coming weeks just yet, we've just been focussed on the Chiefs."

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