Wed July 11, 2012 12:00am
STEPHEN Moore believes there is no place for sentiment in rugby, which is why he does not want any fuss made about his 100th Super Rugby game.
Moore will bring up the century when he plays for the Brumbies against the Blues in Canberra on Saturday afternoon, in a game that is far more important than any personal milestone.
The Brumbies can secure top spot on the Australian conference with a win over the Blues, guaranteeing entry to the playoffs for the first time since 2004.
"I don't think there is any place for sentiment, particularly when it is all on the line as far as the team goes," Moore said. "If you stopped to think about those sorts of things, you could get distracted from the overall picture of the team's performance.
"I certainly won't want any fanfare around this game. I'm 100 per cent focused on the team and getting the outcome we are after, which is to win the game and wrap up that top spot."
An expert technician at the set-piece and a strong ball-runner and defender, Moore is one of the finest hookers Australia has produced.
After making his Super Rugby debut for Queensland against the Bulls in Pretoria in 2003, Moore spent six years with the Reds before joining the Brumbies in 2009 because he needed a change of environment.
Without hesitation, Moore nominated this season as his most enjoyable in Super Rugby, being part of an overachieving Brumbies side that has reached the cusp of the playoffs.
If the Brumbies make it, it will be the first time Moore has experience playoff rugby in his 10-year career.
"We had a very young group when we came together," Moore said. "We pulled guys in from all over the place.The program that Jake White (coach) put in place has been conducive to performance and guys improving their rugby. It's one of the best programs I've been involved in.
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