Winning the Super Rugby title would be the perfect way to close out Ma’a Nonu’s storied Super Rugby career.
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Ma’a Nonu has been a part of some of the most historic moments in New Zealand rugby history, and tonight’s Super Rugby final in Wellington will be no exception. The hype and anticipation in the capital has reached fever pitch, and it will be one of the biggest disappointments in the cities history if the Hurricanes don’t get the job done.
The Highlanders have nothing to lose – the Hurricanes have everything to lose.
Nonu was there the last time the Hurricanes made the final, and they lost to the Crusaders.
Nonu is the worlds elite midfielder, and has always been a handful for any defense because of his size and power, coupled with amazing speed and ability to get his arms free in the tackle.
Nonu spins his way into contact, and his partnership with Conrad Smith has become a dominant force in both the Hurricanes and the All Blacks for seasons past.
Nonu’s stint with the Highlanders and the Blues was a failure.
If champion calibre players in rugby have proved anything throughout history, it is that they don’t fail twice. Nonu didn’t fail a second time for the All Blacks in Rugby World Cups, and the money is on him closing out his final season of Super Rugby as champion with the Hurricanes.
Nonu has beaten 40 defenders in 2015, helped setup 3 tries, and scored another 4 of his own.
There is a lot riding on tonight’s final for many in the Hurricanes side, but none more so than Ma’a Nonu. It would simply be the perfect way to end a storied career in Super Rugby.