It's grand final week, and that means one thing. It's time for the final cheik up of the season.
The evolution of Michael Cheika and how Australian rugby responds to him has accelerated massively over the last two months. Earlier in the season there were question marks raised about his ability to manage his anger and if whether his attractive style of rugby could actually provide results. Now with the Waratah's preparing for the biggest match in their history, it seems that these questions have been answered.
No longer will you see a negative article about how an angry Cheika took the bait in a press conference, the papers are filled with articles praising Cheika and how he has won the respect of his players and more importantly the fans.
But the best thing about all of this is that Cheika couldn't care less about what's in the papers, all he cares about is winning. As someone who has been quite successful in his private life, Cheika doesn't need the money, in his own words he is,
"Able to make decisions based on what you think is right for the team and not worry that you could lose your job."
Cheika has been pretty quiet this week and who can blame him, he has bigger things to worry about than talking to the media. Regardless, he has hinted that the Tahs won't change their game style around the Crusaders, he's making it clear that he thinks his style is good enough.
I sure hope so.