Brumbies flanker Luke Reimer was content with being a tackling body for the rest of the season.
With the likes of Jahrome Brown, Tom Cusack and the returning Will Miller firing for the defending premiers, the Warringah product was focused on best preparing the side for the upcoming Finals.
However, when the call came from Dan McKellar on Wednesday, Reimer was ready to answer, sealing the game for the Brumbies in their 21-9 win over the Western Force.
Coming on for Pete Samu, the 20-year-old made an instant impact, earning a crucial turnover at the breakdown in the 72nd minute, allowing Ryan Lonergan to push their lead out to two scores.
“I never thought I'd get here,” he said post-match.
“I just put my head down and copped a beating…sometimes it’s my choice and sometimes I’m directed to do it but I love it, if it makes the boys better then I’m happy to put my body on the line for them.
“There’s a few moments that I thought I’d probably be wearing the suit for quite a while but I’m happy that I am finally there and proud to be a Brumby.”
As Samu races the clock to be fit, Reimer is preparing to be thrown into the gauntlet for the Final against the Reds in front of a packed-out Suncorp, something that he was only dreaming about a fortnight ago.
"It’s something that I probably wouldn’t have thought of two weeks ago," he admitted.
“I was that body in the tackle suit and a few bodies went down. I’m looking forward to it and I just need to prep for it and give every shot I can.”
Regardless of his role in the Final, Reimer knows that he will have plenty of supporters from the Rat faithful following his every move.
“They might make that trip up. They’ve been egging me on, leaving comments on social media ‘chuck Luke on, he’ll get the job on'. They’re pretty funny blokes who think they are all comedians” he joked.
“They’re great to have behind me and happy to have them there.”
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