What a night it has been by second rower Brodie Retallick (No.4) who was not only really good in defence but also scored the winning Chiefs moment as well. He got excellent leadership based on his vast Super Rugby experience with this dressing room. Plus, he’s got clear vision thanks to his towering height where he can knock the opposition down, while he can bust his way going forward too. Either way, he’s the guy that can help you win penalties/turnovers, as well as dig in & finish off some attacking input with a striking balance of both physicality & pace. Next up, he will be looking to stop the free-flowing Crusaders attack going into next Saturday’s home final & help the Chiefs bow out on top with the championship.
Another key Chiefs player looking to haunt the Crusaders on home soil is Damian McKenzie at No.10. He credits the winning penalties off the back of a great defensive line + some attacking patience by his forwards where Damian’s conversion kicking game has been spotless, even from long range & difficult angles. Gotta credit his positive manner with a really nice smile he’s got before making his mark off the kicking tee. Now it might have taken nearly all game to settle the first big score which is the Chiefs, but he hopes to unleash his attacking creativity more often & help unlock past the Saders with winning tries once his forwards kept them quiet – that’s the recipe for success there.
And Rob Valetini have really frustrated the Chiefs attack more often on the blindside back row (No.6). He struck a great balance with a mix of mobility & physical power to hold them down defensively where his side were able to deny three TRY attempts just before half-time despite being against under winning penalties/advantages. While Brumbies were still in the hunt for the majority, he’s also such an attacking asset who can not only smash the Chiefs blocks, but also through scrum/maul time as well. Sadly, a lack of execution fire couldn’t overcome a robust Chiefs defense; then there’s more losing penalties before it was too late. Oh so close but hopes to go one better in 2024.