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Lasers no problem for Lealiifano

01st October 2013 06:58


Christian Lealiifano Aus v NZ 2013

Unfazed: Christian Lealiifano

Australia centre Christian Lealiifano believes he will be able to ignore lasers if they are flashed at him during Saturday's Test with Argentina in Rosario.

Fans in Argentine crowds have become notorious in recent years for flashing laser beams in an attempt to distract their opponents.

This happens especially when goal-kickers are lining up shots at goal. It occurred in La Plata last weekend when All Blacks fly-half Aaron Cruden was preparing to take a conversion in his side's 33-15 victory over los Pumas.

And Wallaby goal-kicker Mike Harris also complained of a laser being shone in his eyes after his only miss from eight attempts when Australia beat Argentina 33-15 in Rosario last year.

But Lealiifano, who has an 82.14 per cent success rate at Test level in 2013, is unfazed by such unsportsmanlike tactics and believes his kicking routine and focus would help him overcome similar treatment.

"I saw a bit of the game last year and last week I saw Aaron Cruden trying to kick but I don't really worry about it too much," he told AAP.

"I have enough in my process and how I go about kicking to not let it be a distraction.

"I have a certain target on the ball that I concentrate on the most.

"If the laser is around that area it might distract me but if I stay focused hopefully nothing else goes wrong."

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