Smith: Highlanders have proved everyone wrong

Highlanders scrum half Aaron Smith says that his fellow Super Rugby winning
team mates always believed in themselves.

Against the odds the unfancied Highlanders beat the Hurricanes 14-21 to win
the franchise’s first Super Rugby title on Saturday.

The Highlanders are largely made up of rejects from other Super Rugby sides
and had been written at the start of the season.

Scrumhalf Smith, who is in arguably the form of his life said that said they
always had faith that they could win the title.

“No one believed in us and I said to the boys ‘earn the right to be called
champions’ and we did it,” Smith said.

“We’re just down south being humble and doing our thing. We’ve done it.

“We’ve proved everyone wrong,” said Smith after the match.

The Hurricanes were super Super Rugby’s pacesetters all season but fell at
the final hurdle, despite having a very vocal home crowd support, and captain
Conrad Smith said they had no excuses.

“We met a Highlanders side that played out of their skin. I take my hat
off to them, they deserve to be victorious,” he said.

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