So the Chiefs and the Brumbies will compete for the title of Super Rugby Champion at the end of this week. The Chiefs vs Crusaders game was always going to be a close one, with the Crusaders in sublime form and their kingpin Carter – showing his class over the past few weeks – just being picked as the favorite here. In the end it was a pretty dodgy decision by Carter to take a drop with 5 minutes to go, that finally cost the Crusaders the game.
The Bulls and the Brumbies game was of a different class altogether and pretty early on one felt that whoever was going to get out on top of this game, was going to struggle against the Chiefs in Hamilton.
We’ll have to wait and see, but for now, lets see which players stood out in the semi finals.
15. Isreal Dagg
His try was a thing of beauty. He knows how to pick out the tight forwards and weave through the defence and he put his team back into the contest with that piece of individual brilliance.
14. Henry Speight
He’s a slippery man on attack. He completely exposed Bjorn Basson’s weakness on defence. He’ll be available to play for the Wallabies in 2014 and with the way he’s playing we can expect to see him in the gold and green very soon.
13. Tivati Kuridrani
He scored the winning try, which automatically gets him a look in for the team, but Kuridrani was dangerous throughout the game.
12. Christian Leali’ifano
Calm and collected, Leali’ifano has become a player the Brumbies can rely on and very rarely has an off day.
11. Lelia Masaga
Again, what a brilliant try, spotting the gap and sliding through it to open up the game against the Crusaders.
10. Aaron Cruden
Playing against one of the best in the world, Cruden stood his man, made an important intercept try, made good decisions and in the end came out on top.
9. Nic White
He had a few shaky moments in the first half with passes not going to hand, but after that he was back to his usual self making expertly placed clearance kicks and accurately linking up with his ball carriers.
8. Liam Messam
Not his usual game where he stands out in ball carries and tackle busts, but Messam was committed on defence and made an important contribution in this area of the game.
7. George Smith
He was a definite standout in this game. He he still the ultimate fetcher.
6. Tanerau Latimer
A big game for Latimer. He made plenty of carries and kept his team on the front foot with ball in hand.
5. Sam Whitelock
Another outstanding display from Whitelock. Disrupting the line-outs whenever he had a chance and making his input all around the field.
4. Craig Clarke
He’ll be leaving at the end of the season and seems determined to get his team over the line one more time before he does. An outstanding performance from the captain.
3. Ben Alexander
Alexander had all the answers against Dean Greyling and again had a big influence in the momentum of his team.
2. Stpehen Moore
Without being overly flashy, Moore put in another solid performance getting through a lot of work and staying cynical in his duties.
1. Scott Sio
He’s forming part of a strong front row and holding up his end strongly, getting ahead of his opposite number at scrum time a few times and also enjoying himself in open play.