Super Rugby: Fly-Halves Face Off In Title Decider

by Brendan Bradford in Hamilton - Aaron Cruden was skateboarding around Palmerston North when he got the SOS call from Graham Henry during the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The diminutive playmaker masterfully led the All Blacks against Argentina and Australia in the quarter and semi-finals but was struck down by the same injury curse that cruelled Dan Carter and Colin Slade earlier in the tournament. It was all the opportunity the playmaker, now 24, needed and he hasn’t looked back since, guiding the Chiefs to a maiden Super Rugby title last year and securing a regular spot in any All Blacks squad. In a talented Brumbies side boasting the likes of sharpshooter Christian Lealiifano, breakdown king and all round legend George Smith, long-serving winger Clyde Rathbone and electric fullback Jesse Mogg, it’s easy to forget about Matt Toomua.
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