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Centurion understands personal significance of do-or-die clash

Hika Elliot hopes that championship-winning experience can be a draw factor against the Highlanders on Saturday night.

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Elliot will make his 100th Super Rugby appearance on Saturday night in the Chiefs do-or-die clash to stay alive in Super Rugby, but the experienced hooker is not forgetting the personal significance of the event.

“It’s a pretty special occasion for me, when I first started my career I didn’t think I would be still playing,” Elliot said.

Elliot says putting solid rugby inside Forsyth Barr will be key to beating the Highlanders and advancing deeper into the Super Rugby finals with such a young side of Super Rugby inexperience.

“For us older guys it is our responsibility to make the younger guys feel as comfortable as possible heading into this finals series,” Elliot said.

Augustine Pulu underwent surgery after breaking his arm during the Hurricanes clash, confirming Brad Weber’s start in his native Dunedin.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie confirmed reports that Marty McKenzie is in talks with the Crusaders about playing as a regular starter, but as The Real Michael Pulman understands it, no deal has been signed as yet.

The Chiefs will exit the competition with a loss to the Highlanders.

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