Super Rugby Aotearoa: Damian McKenzie deserves 'keys to the city' after latest match-winning heroics - captain

The Chiefs continue to rave over the heroics of superstar Damian McKenzie, after earning his side yet another victory in Super Rugby Aotearoa.

For the fourth time this season McKenzie provided the winning touch, this time kicking a penalty after the siren to hand the Chiefs a 26-24 victory against the Hurricanes in Hamilton. 

Despite starting the season with two defeats, the Chiefs currently sit second only to the defending champion Crusaders on the competition ladder. And with a victory over the Blues, the Chiefs would be guaranteed a place in the Super Rugby Aotearoa final.

Thanks to McKenzie, who's also kicked the winning points against the Highlanders and Crusaders, as well as scoring the winning try against the Blues, the Chiefs can count themselves as Super Rugby Aotearoa's form team - having won their last five consecutive matches.

Those heroics from McKenzie haven't gone unnoticed by his teammates.

"Give him the keys to the city," joked captain Brad Weber.

"He's the hottest property in town. But he deserves it, because he's the hardest working guy that I've seen in our group, the prep that he puts in, so it's no surprise to us.

"He's full of confidence. But he's full of confidence because he's so good and he knows his ability."

Depending on the Blues' result against the Crusaders in Christchurch on Saturday, the Chiefs could finish the weekend in either second or third spot.

But with the Blues to host the Chiefs at Eden Park in Super Rugby Aotearoa's final round-robin match next Saturday, the race for a finals spot could go down to the wire.

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