Waratahs scrumhalf Nick Phipps has praised defence coach Nathan Grey and former Crusaders assistant coach Daryl Gibson ahead of the Super Rugby final.
The Waratahs defended their tryline for 20 minutes in the Super Rugby semi-final last week and Phipps says that they were able to keep the Brumbies out because of Grey's defensive work.
"He's brought that hard steel," Phipps told Sportal of Grey.
"I guess we all grew up watching Greysie play footy when we were younger."
"We know he's got that absolutely uncompromising style of rugby and we love that. It really filters off on to the rest of the players."
"Him and Daryl Gibson have been amazing supporting Michael Cheika."
"The work they do day-in, day-out is something that we reflect at the end of this campaign, they should get a big credit for it."
There is an old saying that defence wins titles so Grey has arguably the biggest job this weekend as there will be no second chances in the season finale.
Former utility back Gibson won four Super Rugby titles with the Crusaders but now has the job of preventing his former team from winning a record eighth title.
"He's our mole. He's very good. He knows the New Zealand teams inside and out. He'll have a lot of detail. He's been there, done that," Phipps said of Gibson.
"He'll be having a lot to say during the week. It's good for us, we're able to have that inside knowledge.
"We'll know what style of play they're going to play and how to counter it."