Fullbacks, Chase Tiatia and Zarn Sullivan are this week's key match-up going head-to-head at Eden Park leading from the back.
Tiatia is known for his speed and agility, which he uses effectively when attacking from the back. He is a dynamic runner with the ability to change direction quickly and evade defenders with ease. This makes him a potent attacking threat and allows him to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.
In addition to his attacking prowess, Tiatia is also a skilled playmaker. He has good vision and decision-making skills, which he uses to set up his teammates with well-timed passes and kicks, making him a valuable asset, contributing to attack in multiple ways.
Defensively, Tiatia is also strong. His positioning and tackling skills are evident this season. He is also comfortable under the high ball, a crucial skill for fullbacks.
Compared to other fullbacks, Tiatia's strength lies in his agility and speed. Zarn Sullivan, on the other hand, is a more composed and tactical player. He has excellent vision and decision-making skills, which he uses to control the game from the back. He is also a strong defender with good tackling skills and the ability to read the game well.
The 22-year-old stands at 1.93m tall and weighs in at 101kg, Sullivan's hefty left boot makes him a stand-out fullback, but his ability to make a difference in the game with his speed, good handling, and accurate kicking makes him a formidable opponent. He has been compared to All Blacks great Dan Carter for his playmaking ability and composure under pressure. Sullivan is a versatile player who can play fly-half, fullback, or even centre, making him one to watch this season.
The two will go head-to-head this Sunday at Eden Park at 10:30am AWST. Don't miss any of the action. Catch it all live on San Sport.