With this potentially the best performance by an Australian Super team so far this season, it would be a shame if we didn’t pull in some video analysis of the Waratahs versus the Chiefs from Friday night.
Anatomy of a Try
With ten tries to choose from overall, there were some beauties and a mystery as to how neither team could come away with a bonus point!
However, in choosing one try to analyse, I chose this fantastic ensemble effort from the Tahs. It exemplified a number of qualities sadly lacking this season from a lot of Australian team – support in numbers and depth, patience and a trust of ball in hand.
It also highlighted some critical players for the Waratahs and Wallabies stepping up when it matters most, namely – Michael Hooper, Nick Phipps and Dean Mumm.
For the last couple of seasons Big Cliffy has started to polarise Wallabies supporters – considering that he keeps retiring, does he deserve to hold a spot in the Wallabies squad?
Michael Cheika is an unapologetic fan, putting the Waratahs success in the 2014 final largely at the feet of a rampaging Cliffy, who dealt out 50 mins of physicality that the Kiwis couldn’t handle. In the Chiefs match on Friday night we saw another one of those 50 minute belters from Cliffy, and while it included 10 minutes in the bin that no-one would be happy about, he undoubtedly lead the Tahs pack around the park.
In just the 60 seconds of footage below, you can see what Cheik wants from the big man at camp Wallaby.