They intend boarding a flight to Sydney on Monday before connecting onward to Christchurch‚ a venue at which the Crusaders are yet to lose a knock-out game in Super rugby.
The last time the Crusaders hosted a final at home was 10 years ago when they beat the Waratahs at Lancaster Park, which was destroyed in a devastating 2011 quake.
A couple of days after the fact, De Bruin was still purring over a Jantjies cross-field kick in the last minute of Saturday's semi-final win over the New South Wales Waratahs that led to a sixth try for the Lions.
He was called into Steve Hansen's squad for the first time during last month's series against France but suffered a calf injury during training and did not play.
"Of course the Crusaders are the favourites; they're a very good team. The Lions' front row can match the Crusaders' front row". "Elton is a true professional, there's a reason he's played more than 100 Super Rugby matches", De Bruin said.
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As well as their starting front eight, the Crusaders against the Hurricanes had prop Tim Perry, an All Blacks squad member, and test lock Luke Romano on the bench with Wallabies flanker Pete Samu, while former All Blacks prop Wyatt Crockett was left out. "The offsides lines apply for both sides and because they are champions and people think they are good, [they] get away with certain stuff".
The Lions will also adapt their time schedule significantly.
The Crusaders have never lost a play-off game at home and Mallett is concerned the Lions will struggle to handle their counter attacks.
De Bruin is not among the doubters, however.
"It is a passive defensive system that means you don't get line breaks but you don't put the opposition ball carrier under pressure". That is what is going to make it hard, other than the travel.