Slipper enjoying the moment with Brumbies

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by Beth Newman

Brumbies prop James Slipper says the side has to be in the moment as they vie to go deep into the Super Rugby finals.

The Brumbies will be the only Australian side in the finals this year after the Waratahs and Rebels both suffered big defeats at the hands of Kiwi opponents on Friday night.

After a slow start to the year, the Brumbies have won their past five matches and their past six at home ahead of the final round of Super Rugby.

They are guaranteed to host a quarter-final next weekend, potentially against the Chiefs, who thrashed the Rebels in Melbourne.

Slipper has been part of a successful Super Rugby outfit in the past - he won the 2011 title with the Reds - and said as the Brumbies pushed for the playoffs, he didn't want to let the journey pass him by.

Slipper won the 2011 title with the Reds. Photo: Getty Images"The most important part of pushing for a Super Rugby title is just enjoying the moment," he said.

"I guess not looking backwards at what you've done throughout the season.

"You learn a lot from each season and that's no different here.

"We obviously had a lot of tough times at the start of the season, we didn't have the best start but we've always learned from our mistakes and at the end of the day I believe we're a better team for it.

"I think it's just enjoying the moment, enjoying each game.

"There's a lot of players that might be leaving the club - we've only got a certain amount of games to play with them left. It's a unique group and it's going to be a different group next year, so for us, just living in the now and enjoying it."

The Brumbies' finals berth is their sixth in seven years, only missing the playoffs in 2018, and Slipper said there was something unique about the environment in Canberra that seemed to lend itself to success.

James Slipper. Photo: GEtty Images"There's definitely, the club thrives on success and I think a lot of the players that come here actually get a lot better as players on and off the field and I think that creates its own culture in itself," he said.

"The players and the relationship between the players and the staff is second to none and I think a lot of credit has to go to Dan and the coaching staff for creating that sort of environment and then obviously the leaders in the group, the leaders in the players have been exceptional.

"Blokes like Christian (Lealiifano) and Sam Carter and me old mate Locky McCaffrey, they've really led from the front and the culture's a big part of it but I think it's about keeping your head down and working hard and obviously putting the team first."

The Brumbies take on the Reds at GIO Stadium on Saturday June 15, kicking off at 7:45pm AEST, LIVE on FOX SPORTS, Kayo and via RUGBY.com.au RADIO. Buy tickets here