There were several times over the course of the game where Conor, McGrath, and even Gleeson just put the ball under the arm and opened the game up for us at half back. Compare that to the 2014 elimination final side where we had no one who could do that and we relied almost entirely on slow methodical ball movement.
Of course we also now have guys forward of the ball who can also do it and, perhaps more importantly, have the pace and desire to shut down the opposition's quick rebounders. I love the way tippa and Fanta man the mark for a kick in at the moment. If the guy dares to play on he knows he is going to get drilled.