In a date 6 of the Super Rugby Aotearoa that had as main attraction the duel between the Beauden and Jordie Barrett brothers in Wellington, the most outstanding performance was in Hamilton … The best player of the day was Aaron Smith, main protagonist of a final Film: Highlanders lost 7-31 to the Chiefs and ended up winning 33-31 on the last play of the game.
After a weak first half, and through his usual driving dynamics, the New Zealand scrum half rounded off a spectacular complement and was, without a doubt, the key to the epic comeback of the Dunedin team.
Beyond that his performance in general was fundamental, two strokes of his in particular made his own and others stand up: at 56 ‘, when the Chiefs were still very far on the scoreboard, the 31-year-old man managed to grab an impossible pass from wing Josh McKay, he ran 40 meters, made a kind of wall with the second line Manaaki Selby-Rickit and reached the ingoal rival.
However, more was missing … At 81 ‘of the game, Highlanders was 31-26 down on the scoreboard and, for more than insistence, the local defense did not give the arm to twist. Until Smith rubbed the lamp and, after removing the ball from a maul in full attack, took two marks and opened an alley to the center Sio Tomkinson, who only had to support and celebrate.