Rugby News, 2021 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman RD3: Top 3 players from the Reds v Chiefs Game


Isaac Henry has given a fresh new option in the midfield. Where he plays on the inside centre. After Hamish Stewart was inconsistent at times. As well as Jordan Petaia remains sidelined. I think it would be injury. Despite seeing this combo worked well with Hunter Paisami. That was during the Reds winning streak. At least mightily of 2021 Super Rugby AU.

He credits the 9 & 10 combo who communicated well. You see how the teamwork is there. As well as the patience flowing through the passage of play. It allowed to stay close. Before the short ball came to Issac. And he controlled the offload really well towards the touch line.

Not just one but also two tries during the first half. What a way to introduce himself in the 2021 Super Rugby TT. Especially when we have not seen him in SR AU at all. But against one of the competitive New Zealand teams. This is a great learning experience for him in the long term. The more Issac goes up against the difficult sides. Regardless of the results in the end. The better he will be able to hold his position by himself. He has a great mentor of Hunter Paisami who knows the Reds spirit. As long as Hunter does not get injured. Issac wants to learn from him as much as possible. There is two rounds left before the International leg starts. For now Issac is hoping to keep it consistent like tonight. Before we will find out in 2022 if Isaac can be a regular starter at No.12.

Lukhan Salakaia-Loto

He worked really hard on the Reds second row. Where he pairs up alongside youngster Ryan Smith. The build up base is there when Lukhan noticed the Chiefs early struggles. Especially with the lopsided teamwork from their backline.

It is something Lukhan took advantage during the first 40. And his attacking ability was tested. When he made a couple of tackling busts against the opposition defense. In which saw him showcase the packed muscle. Plus some pace to help make the Reds find a clear direction. So it makes life easier for his backline to wrap it up home. And thanks to him they were able to accrue four/five touch tries. In order to stay ahead of HT.

He might need some help next time. As the last 20 minutes of the game was dominated by the Chiefs. Especially with a few changes off the bench. When the Reds did not have a couple of chances up front. Having seen them go back to 15 men. And eventually became settled that almost lost the game. But as always they defended so tight until the final siren. And Reds were able to put their last minute scares to bed. Thanks to being the first Australian team to win in Super Rugby TT.

Lachlan Boshier

He looked after the Chiefs well tonight especially on the openside. The defensive shape was a great start to deny the Reds attacking chances. Which was part of his watch on protect his forwards. As well as have his backline roped in to help out. It is a strength that helped win a few penalties.

These types of practices ultimately helped them score a few touch points. At least during the 2nd 40. Unfortunately they were swamped by the ill-discipline. The rough play through the foul play. As well as the aggressive/illegal tackling. Which held them back for the majority. With little time to catch up towards the final siren.

So far in the Super Rugby TT the forwards are always great in this area. You look at how Luke Jacobson was outstanding last week v Brumbies. Same goes to Boshier tonight. Plus most of these tryscorers also coming from this forward line. Where they can have the ability to make up in both ways. Both attack & defense. They just need the backline help from now on. As just winning without scoring many touches will not cut it. They have the chance to bounce back v Rebels & Waratahs. Just two rounds left before the grand final.

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