An enormous efficiency battling All Blacks captain Sam Cane could possibly be precisely what Queensland’s Fraser McReight must punch his ticket to the World Cup later this 12 months.
It is one intriguing positional matchup for this weekend’s Tremendous Rugby Pacific quarter-final the place the top-ranked Chiefs tackle the eighth-placed Reds in Hamilton, with the customer long-odds to upset the competitors’s finest crew.
However in-form openside flanker McReight will not die questioning after a surprising marketing campaign that is probably seen him climb previous Michael Hooper within the Wallabies depth chart.
If there’s any doubt about that prospect now, out-duelling Chiefs star Cane may put an finish to that on Saturday.
“Sam has been All Blacks captain for lots of years now and he is performed a variety of video games and had a variety of success, so for me it is a nice alternative to go towards among the finest and I am actually wanting ahead to it,” McReight stated.
“It has been a superb season, yearly I’m attempting to get higher and I am perfecting these little areas of my recreation that I wish to work on.
“I have been in a position to play a variety of minutes this 12 months, and for me I have been ready to try this week in, week out.
“One other end result this weekend and one other efficiency is what’s wanted.”
The Reds hit their daunting quarter-final check within the odd scenario of already boasting a win towards the Chiefs in New Zealand in 2023, the 11-time Tremendous Rugby champions’ solely loss to date this marketing campaign.
It was clearly the Reds’ finest efficiency up to now, precision kicking and a gutsy defensive outing seeing them stifle their hosts again in spherical 12.
However McReight understood the post-season model of the Chiefs was prone to be a special beast, significantly as they search revenge on the Reds.
“Finals are a brand new competitors,” he stated.
“It is nice and superior to make the highest eight and clearly we’re a bit upset and gutted after the end result on the weekend however we will put that behind us and we will transfer on and might put all our consideration to Chiefs this week.
“Clearly they’re gonna be a special crew to after we performed them final … defence is essential, holding the ball and kicking rather well … for us to get a end result we’ve got to do these areas rather well.”
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