Posted: 3 August, 2014
The NSW coach spoke about all things including the dramatic finish
Waratahs head coach Michael Cheika has spoken up about THAT poem which inspired his side to the Super Rugby title last night.
The poem written by man-of-the-match centre Adam Ashley-Cooper was admired by his coach which he said summed up the players' bond and their season.
"Adam has the grey hairs down the side of his head so I suppose he was the only one responsible for writing a poem but it was very good and there was a bit of a joke and some serious stuff in there and that's a bit of the balance we've had all year," Cheika said on Sunday Triple M NRL with Matty Johns.
Asked if Cheika could produce such a feat: " I was hard up getting a sentence together let alone a poem," the Waratahs coach joked.
"In any team, as you would know, there are a lot of characters: the lover, the fighter, the poet, the quiet guy.
Listen to Michael Cheika on Sunday Triple M NRL with Matty Johns
Michael Cheika praised his side who snatched the championship from the Canterbury Crusaders in the final minutes.
The Waratahs ran out to a 14-0 lead but as the NZ-based franchise warmed to the task the ascendency regularly changed hands before fly-half Bernard Foley slotted a penalty in the final minute to win the game 33-32.
Cheika recalled the final moments when the opposition took the lead with five minutes to play.
"I was looking for my blood pressure tablets or a bottle of whisky one or the other," Cheika laughed.
"It's sort of a little bit surreal really, you make out all the plans but you don't know if it's actually going happen and the way it played out with that big crowd was really good for us and made it a really enjoyable evening."
The coach was proud of his side for not buckling under pressure despite going behind and not having beaten the Crusaders since 2003.
"We've been in that scenario before about getting behind, what we had to do to get that ball back in the situation where we needed points near the end so they managed well and full credit to them.