END OF AN ERA LOOMING FOR ALEX NANKIVELL

Chiefs midfield backline star Alex Nankivell hasn’t given too much thought about whether Saturday night’s Pacific Super Rugby semifinal clash against the Brumbies could be his last game for his beloved side.

Alex Nankivell - From the Chiefs to Munster , one great club to another !

At the end of this campaign the Tasman Mako man is off to play for Munster in Ireland and is really looking forward to that but firstly he desperately wants to win this Super title for the Chiefs.

After missing several matches with concussion then last week with another injury, he’s back at centre for the Brumbies clash and reckons last week’s close call against the Reds when they snuck home on the back of late try by Pita Gus-Sowakula  29-20 was a timely reminder about how unpredictable play-off rugby can be.

It wasn’t pretty by the Chiefs last week, they kicked away far too much possession, particularly in the first half against the Reds but as their head coach Clayton McMillan said, they still won the match and really that’s all that matters at the business end of the season.

MATCH WINNER - Pita Gus-Sowakula

Alex has a lot of respect for the Brumbies, after all they have been the best Aussie side ever since Super rugby began and but for an occasional miss, have invariably always been up near the front challenging for titles.

Chiefs fans are expected to pack out their Hamilton home ground, a significant advantage and if the home side can get into their rhythm early and get some dominance they have the forward power and backline brilliance to take any team apart. Don’t expect them to wastefully kick away possession this time either.

There is the added incentive for both teams of World Cup places for the All Blacks and Wallabies. The All Blacks 36-man squad for the abbreviated Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup will be named on Sunday and there is also a New Zealand 15, effectively the  second team squad playing two matches in Japan.

Expect the Chiefs to have a large number of players in both squads and if it’s picked on form over the last two season’s Nankivell would make the All Blacks squad as he also shone for the New Zealand 15 in the UK last year.

I caught up with Alex earlier this week for a chat on the Chiefs and his upcoming move to Munster.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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