The Brumbies’ desperation trumped the fatigue of their 23,000km odyssey to South Africa and back for their semi-final victory over the Bulls, and they hammered away at the home side’s defense in the dying minutes.
It was to be in vain, though, and the cowbells of the locals rang around the Waikato Stadium in triumph for the second year in a row.
“We led from the start and for them to come from behind speaks loads for this Chiefs team,” Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen said. “They are an outstanding champion side and thoroughly deserve this title. Congratulations on what they have built here in the last two years. It’s what we aspire to.”