Birthday suits just part of the local colour
YELLOW fever took over Canberra Stadium, but there's nothing to be afraid of.
That is, unless you're one of the 14 rival Super Rugby teams looking to find a way past the ACT Brumbies.
In front of a heaving crowd of 20,027, the Brumbies fed on the pulsating atmosphere to deliver a dominant 35-6 victory against the NSW Waratahs on Saturday night.
Decked out in a one-off yellow jersey in honour of Canberra's Centenary celebrations, the Brumbies romped to a bonus-point win that leaves them at the top of the overall standings.
Before they can dream of breaking a nine-year playoff drought, the Brumbies embark on a month-long schedule of games with South African opposition. A two-week road trip against the Cape Town Stormers and Durban Sharks will be followed by home games with the Pretoria Bulls and the Southern Kings.
On current form, the Brumbies will receive a rousing welcome back to the national capital.
They have captured the imagination of the city in scenes not witnessed since the club's most recent championship in 2004.
In a clear indication of how fans have come back in droves, it was the first time in four years that the Brumbies broke the 20,000 barrier, and just the fourth time since 2006.
The dire situation of two years ago when coach Andy Friend was sacked two games into the season and the Brumbies endured a miserable campaign are long gone.
They've been replaced with a new-found belief under World Cup-winning coach Jake White that the Brumbies can reach the pinnacle of Super Rugby.
The Brumbies' three wins have come against Australian opposition, with the next month to provide a more accurate assessment of their progress.
"The build-up and the hype got some people through the gates, and hopefully those people come back the next time we play. It's one of the most complete performances we've had as a group. We're not going to get ahead of ourselves, but there's no reason we can't do that against anyone else,'' White said.