Super Rugby Pacific: A win is more important than 150 milestone for TJ Perenara

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Hurricanes veteran TJ Perenara is not concerned about his 150-game milestone as he eyes quarter-final success against the Brumbies instead.

Perenara’s men have not had their strongest season, but finding form later in the campaign earned them a trip to Canberra to face the best-placed Australian side in the Super Rugby Pacific quarter-finals.

Vast experience

Despite the massive achievement of playing 150 Super Rugby games, the competitive nature in Perenara shines through, and the veteran is only concerned about the last-eight contest.

“I probably don’t reflect on [150 games] too much right now, I’m still in the moment,’’ Perenara said to Stuff.

“It doesn’t feel like it’s been 150 games, to be honest, but it’s cool. I’m looking forward to the quarter-final aspect of it more than the 150 games.”

The 30-year-old made his debut 10 years ago and then scored a hat-trick in his first start, a set of tries he claims not to have worked hard for.

“That was a pretty cool experience. I think I had a total of two running metres for three tries. Jules [Savea] did the bunch of the work and just passed the ball on the line,” he said.

It does not matter to Perenara who he is facing up against; he wants to win irrespective of the opposition.

“Everyone I play against, I just want to beat them, I don’t care what they’ve done how prestigious their career is or if it’s their first-ever game, my mindset against them is the same,” the scrum-half said.

Perenara loves the knockout stages and believes this is where the best players stand up and embrace the pressure.

“Knockout footy is why you play the game. It’s an awesome time of the year, it’s why you do long pre-seasons and why you have a massive off-season to put yourself in a position to win championships, and that’s what we’ve done. We’ve got ourselves to the starting line of the playoffs, and we’re definitely cherishing it,” he added.

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