Been there, done that ... Jake White with the William Webb Ellis trophy in 2007. Photo: Getty Images
Brumbies coach Jake White will use his World Cup-winning ''calmness'' to help ease the pressure on his team as it prepares to win a Super Rugby championship.
But the former South African mentor says there's no ''secret recipe'' for winning big games.
Just three of the Brumbies players have won a championship while most of the Waikato Chiefs players are aiming for back-to-back titles.
The Brumbies might lack player experience, but they have a coach who led South Africa to a World Cup triumph in 2007.
''There's no secret - if it was that easy everyone would be doing it,'' White, 50, said. ''It's everything added together - playing your best, taking your chances, not making mistakes and handling pressure. That's all the stuff on the field.
''But one of the things that wins you big games is what you do off the field. They say you win the Tour de France off the bike.
''It's about the messages you send from when you start and the belief you have and the understanding you have.
''I can't tell them anything more than what I have from day one.''
White will draw on veterans George Smith and Clyde Rathbone to help impart championship-winning experience on the group.
Back-up scrumhalf Ian Prior was part of the Queensland Reds' title-winning side of 2011.
Forwards coach Laurie Fisher was an assistant for the Brumbies titles in 2001 and 2004 while backs coach Stephen Larkham played in those wins and won a World Cup with the Wallabies in 1999.
''These are the games people play for,'' White said. ''This is what it's about … The lessons I can give and the calmness I can give is about what's going to happen and how it's going to be. I can share my experience. The hype and the excitement is exactly the same and that's when you can help guys prepare for what is coming.''
White's rise with the Brumbies parallels his time with the Springboks. They were struggling when he took over in 2004.
He surprised most by appointing John Smit as captain. In Canberra, a shock move as giving Ben Mowen the captaincy reins.
When White took over at the Brumbies, his job was to rebuild a franchise which had just sunk to the lowest point.
''There are a lot of similarities for me, you have to go through the tough times to know how the good times are and cherish them,'' White said. ''That's what this Brumbies team has. A lot of these boys weren't part of 2011, but they would have felt it and the way Canberra felt about the team.''