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Winning the major focus for Barrett on his 100th appearance

Time appears to have flown by for Hurricanes first five-eighth Beauden Barrett.

About to be just the 12th player to bring up 100 games for the Hurricanes, Barrett almost has to stop and think how quickly he has reached the milestone.

"I'm certainly proud of it but it's gone so quick," he said. "I feel like I'm probably halfway through my career and I've had a good run of being injury free for a lot of it, hence why I'm bringing it up at such a young age."

Barrett, 26, made his debut for the Hurricanes against the Cheetahs in 2011 as a substitute.

However, he quickly established himself as the starting first five-eighth the following year , starting in all but one match.

The ensuring period has proved Barrett's talent and helped the Hurricanes to two Investec Super Rugby finals with the second in 2016 marking the Hurricanes first ever title.

Fitting then that Barrett will get to bring up his 100th match in the very stadium where he helped lift the Super Rugby trophy when the side meet the Crusaders on Saturday night.

"It will be a great occasion regardless of it being my 100th," he insisted. "My focus is to go out there and play well for the team. Ultimately it's about winning on Saturday in front of our own fans in our first home game of the season, that's what I'm most excited about."

Getting to do it in front of family and friends was also important for Barrett who this season became just the fourth player to bring up 1000 points in Super Rugby.

While the 2016 title would be the obvious highlight of his career at the Hurricanes, Barrett said it was important to remember more than just that.

"I've had it all at this club," he said. "I've experienced the highs and the lows and it's been a lot of fun, this club and professional footy has taught me a lot.

"It's helped me mature as a person and develop as a player so I have to thank the people at this club for that. The Hurricanes have been a huge part of my life ever since I moved down in 2011, I've loved the city and I'm proud to call myself a one club man."

Meanwhile, Saturday will also mark 100 Super Rugby appearances for popular prop Ben May.

While he started at the Crusaders and had a stint at the Chiefs, May has played the majority of his Super Rugby for the Hurricanes.

May was also delighted to reach the mark, something he thought he never would do when he left New Zealand for Japan at the age of 30.

However, he said an invitation from Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd to come and play for the club had rejuvenated his career.

"I think I've had a new lease on life and I've put a lot of work into it," he said. "I parked the bus on the ambition of trying to be an All Black, got stuck in and tried to be the best I can be."

May also thought facing the Crusaders was the perfect way to reach the mark given it as with them that he started his Super Rugby career.