Rugby Union 3 years ago

5 Reasons The Tahs Won

  • 5 Reasons The Tahs Won

Has it sunk in yet?

It's been 24 hours since the Tahs claimed the Super Rugby title, and I still can't believe it's happened.

The 33-32 victory over the Crusaders will go down as one of the best finals in Super Rugby history, and as Tahs fans you already know what happened. But we want to take a quick look at a few key things that got the boys over the line.

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1.  Michael Cheika: I'm not just referring to his coaching last night, the impact he has had over the last 18 months is cannot be overstated. His insistence for the Waratahs to play attacking rugby meant that for the first time in a decade, a NSW team has truly thought they were the best team in the competition, and in the dying stages of last night it showed. Here's to a Buddy Franklinesque contract extension for Cheika.

2. Wycliff Palu: You'll hear many Waratahs players receive praise over the next few days. Foley, Potgeiter, Folau, Beale and Skelton have all been fantastic, but the true barometer of this team has always been Palu. His imperious form in the back half of the season has been crucial to the Tahs winning the competition, and he was great again last night. Too often are his campaigns derailed by injury, and it is telling that the one year he held it all together, the Tahs took the trophey.

3. The Melbourne Rebels: This is going to sound harsh, but the Rebels inability to lock down Bernard Foley to his agreed contract last year, as well as the mismanagement of Kurtley Beale (mainly his fault) meant that the Tahs could snag both play makers. There is no way the Tahs win this year if the Rebels front office were a bit more competent.

4. Michael Hooper: Was having a great season before Dave Dennis went down injured, and then the added responsibility of captaincy took him to another level. We all knew we had a great player on our hands, but now we know we have a great leader as well. Not many 22 year olds could captain a team to a premiership.

5. The Fans: There were 16,000 fans at the first home game and 62,000 at the last one. Yes Sydney crowds are very fickle, but when they see something they like, everyone hears about it. Rugby Union still has a long way to go in NSW, but after the support the fans provided last night, it's taken a giant leap forward. They couldn't have done it without you.

Don't take this as gospel, there is no way you can sum up a season in five points, but we wanted to give a shout out to those above.

Go Tahs.

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