Hoiles urges Tahs to ‘put everything on the line’

Former Brumbies captain Stephen Hoiles has urged his Waratahs team mates to embrace the pressure in the Super Rugby final and “not to be afraid of losing” to the Crusaders.

One year ago Hoiles’ career looked to be at an end after being let go by the Brumbies at the end of 2011 following three years of struggling with an Achilles injury.

However the thirty-two-year-old is raring to go in the Super Rugby final having sat on the bench in the Waratahs loss to the Crusaders in the 2005 Super Rugby final.

The Waratahs have not beaten the Crusaders in 10 years and as they finished first in the standings and are hosting the final in Sydney they are under real pressure to finally deliver a title.

“(In 2005) we were probably a bit gun shy, we didn’t fire our shots,” Hoiles told The Canberra Times.

“We were a bit in awe of the Crusaders back then, I don’t think there’s a more respected side in world rugby than the Crusaders.

“I do believe we’re a side that won’t die wondering. We’ll put everything on the line. If you show all your cards and you lose, you can live with that.”

“You don’t want to go out there and be afraid of losing. This journey has taught me a lot about life, but I knew what I had to do and I’ve never enjoyed my rugby so much.”

Hoiles believes that the Waratahs are on the cusp of making Super Rugby history.

“In Canberra there was a lot of expectations on players to have input on how we beat teams,” Hoiles said.

“But players are players and coaches are coaches. That’s what I like about this (Waratahs team), the coaches come up with the way to beat teams and the players trust that.

“I know how hard it is to get opportunities like this. To get back here, I’m proud of the fact I’ve had to work really hard. Sometimes the journey can be given to you, but I certainly worked hard and I also believe I needed a lot of luck … injuries have been cruel but in a weird way they’ve also helped me get an opportunity.”

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