Lealiifano to win 100th Super Rugby cap

Brumbies flyhalf Christian Lealiifano will play his 100th Super Rugby match
for the side against the Stormers in Saturday’s blockbuster elmination final.

Lealiffano debuted as a 20-year-old with the Brumbies in 2008 and has played
all 100 of his Super Rugby matches for the Canberra side and gone on to score
625 career points for the club.

The flyhalf says it’s a great honour to reach 100 games for the same
club.

“Making 100 is always pretty special, there’s a special group of
men have achieved that and I really acknowledge that.

“For me, every game I’ve taken as if it’s going to be my
last, so definitely a special time.

Reaching the milestone in such a critical match means Lealiifano says he won’t
be paying too much attention to his personal achievement, and is focused on
helping his team.

“Saturday’s going to be no different, I’ll give it all I
have and give the team as much as I can give them and hopefully we can get the
result we want.”

Now in his eight season of rugby with the Brumbies, Lealiifano arrived in Canberra
from Melbourne as a fresh-faced Australian Schools, Sevens and U21s representative,
bursting with potential.

Making the 100th appearance is more remarkable given the serious injuries Lealiifano
has successfully battled throughout his career.

Multiple shoulder reconstructions, a broken leg and an ankle reconstruction
have all come and gone for Lealiifano, who has remarkably lost little of his
acceleration and none of his world class ball playing skills despite the blows.

Playing his 100th game for the Brumbies means Lealiifano joins an elite club
that Captain Stephen Moore joined in last week’s loss to the Crusaders
at GIO Stadium in Canberra.

“I guess there’s times to celebrate it, but our teams been solely
focused on the plans and goals that we have.

“Obviously we reach milestones along the way, but with me personally
and with Stephen, it’s never about us or trying to make an occasion out
of it.

“It’s about the team first and trying to get the result that we
want as a whole team and not focusing on one individual.”

The Brumbies arrived in Cape Town late Monday (RSA time) following a 25-hour
journey from the ACT.

The two sides met at Newlands stadium just six weeks ago. In that match
the Brumbies went down 25-24 in a nail-biter.

Lealiifano was criticised for kicking following that match, but says it’s
no concern heading into the qualifier.

“Finals footy if you win three-nil or three-six you’ll take that
to progress on, so anything to get a result we want to do and do it well.”

No stranger to big games, Lealiifano will be out to replicate his point-haul
from the 2013 Super Rugby final where he scored 22 points against the Chiefs.

He says the Brumbies are aware of what lies ahead for them in this finals series,
and everyone is up for the challenge.

“There’s a strong belief in our side at the moment that once you’re
in the mix anything can happen.

“We’re happy we’re in this position, and we are all looking forward to the
game.”

If the Brumbies win, they will take on the Hurricanes in Wellington next week
in another do-or-die semi-final.

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