The Melbourne Rebels were looking for redemption as they hosted the Chiefs in topsy turvy affair.
Coming in on the back of 71 – 28 trouncing at the hands of the Auckland Blues the week before, the home side had plenty of work to do.
With just twenty seconds left on the clock, the Rebels looked set to record a shock victory as they held on to 30 – 26 lead.
Warren Gatland’s side wouldn’t be denied as replacement prop Ollie Morris showed his power as he carried several defenders over the line with him. With it came heart break for the Rebels as they were pipped 33 – 30.
Despite there being plenty of highlight reel moments on the field of play it was Chiefs second row Naitoa Ah Kuoi who caught the fans attention with his hilarious post-match interview.
The skillful second row was being interviewed as the player of the match following yet another good performance that will have All Black selectors feeling very good about their options ahead of Ireland’s three test tour.
Unfortunately for the Rebels the loss now sees them firmly cemented in the bottom quarter of the table with only the Western Force (who have a game in hand) behind them in terms of Australian teams.
— Stan Sport Rugby (@StanSportRugby) May 15, 2022
For his part Ah Kuoi left fans online in stitches with many praising him for sticking to his own personality whilst avoiding the boring coach speak that fans have become accustomed to hearing.
Interviews like these are one of the best ways to grow the sport.
Rugby’s pretty great in itself, but getting to know the people involved is what helps people connect and keep coming back.
Well done all👏
— EK Rugby Analysis (@ek_rugby) May 15, 2022
Good stuff uso. It’s easier for newer organizations like @StanSportRugby to show a little more character than the more well-established ones. Keep this up so the younger audiences can stay connected and relate to the newer breed of players. Future Manu player perhaps?
— Dan Amosa (@AmosaDan) May 16, 2022
Fantastic interview. Great to see there are still characters in rugby. Everyone seems like they are reading from the same script in the professional era. Very entertaining bloke. Loved it. ❤️.
— Steve Williams (@SteveWi72299653) May 15, 2022