Lealiifano will call on international lessons
Wallabies second five-eighths Christian Lealiifano says he'll draw on lessons learned against the British and Irish Lions when the Brumbies host the Cheetahs in Sunday's Investec Super Rugby qualifier at Canberra Stadium.
After being knocked out cold after 40 seconds in the first Test in Brisbane, Lealiifano bounced back to play a starring role in Melbourne the following week, kicking four-from-four with the boot including the winning conversion from the sideline.
"Playing at Test level really helped me just with piece of mind, knowing that I can cope at that kind of level, so it definitely gives me a little bit of help going into finals footy on Sunday," Lealiifano said on Wednesday.
"It was very exciting to be a part of the whole thing and coming back [to the Brumbies] now I'm just trying to bring a bit of that experience and knowledge back."
Lealiifano and the Brumbies suffered a major reality check last week after suffering a shock 21-15 loss to the Force in Perth.
However, the Brumbies have only lost back-to-back games twice in two seasons under Jake White and Lealiifano believes the side can bounce back well against the dangerous Cheetahs at Canberra Stadium.
"This group definitely bounces back from a loss so we're looking to do that on Sunday and play some good footy," he said.
"We're not satisfied with how we are at the moment and hopefully we can bounce back.
"We're hoping that everything just clicks for us, we've worked too hard for it not to.
"We're obviously very disappointed about last Saturday but we're just going to put everything in towards Sunday and hopefully everything does pay off for us."
The laid-back Lealiifano says the Brumbies are aware of the significance of the club's first finals appearance in nine years but won't be overawed by the occasion.
"There's been a fair bit of talk about how big the occasion is and I guess it's nine years since the Brumbies have been in the finals but for us we've just got to approach it like any other game," he said.
"We're happy we're in this position and we've worked too hard to let it slip so we're really going to enjoy it and be excited about it."
Meanwhile, assistant coach Stephen Larkham says halfback Nic White (collarbone) will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for the must-win clash.