British & Irish Lions: Australia's Christian Leali'ifano confident in his kicking

Last Updated: 29/06/13 10:51am

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Christian Leali'ifano: confident of shining with the boot

Christian Leali'ifano: confident of shining with the boot

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Australia centre Christian Leali'ifano will shrug off the pressure on his kicking in the second Test against the British & Irish Lions.

The Wallabies are in Melbourne knowing that defeat would hand the series to the tourists, and hopes are high that Leali'ifano will fare better with the boot than James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale did during the first Test.

The pair passed up 14 points in kicks at goal as the Lions edged to a 23-21 victory in Brisbane. Leali'ifano, who would have kicked in the first Test, was carried off in the first minute with a neck injury.

The Brumbies star said of assuming the responsibility this Saturday: "It's an exciting challenge and nothing new for me because I'll just go out there like I do every week when I kick for my province. I'll take that same mentality in.

"For me, personally, it's just doing the same routine as you do all the time and not try and worry too much. A lot of the external stuff, if you let it get to you you can let it affect you.

"My mentality at the moment is just to kick like I'm in the back yard with my nephews."

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