Painful memories drive Chiefs

Wed, 24 Jul 2013 07:47
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The Chiefs have not forgotten the hammering they received at the hands of the Crusaders earlier this month and they are looking for revenge.

The Chiefs have not forgotten the hammering they received at the hands of the Crusaders earlier this month and they are looking for revenge.

Seasoned hooker Hika Elliot said it was "hugely disappointing" to not fire against the Crusaders in their 43-15 drubbing in Christchurch nearly three weeks ago.

And the painful memories from that performance is what are driving them head of Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal rematch in Hamilton.

He is certain they can lift well beyond that performance and produce their best game of the season when they take on the in-form southerners.

"We've always gone into the games against the Crusaders knowing that we have to front as a forward pack and if you look back at the last game it was us forwards that got beaten up, especially at the breakdown and line-out time," the Chiefs hooker said.

"We really need to step up in terms of our set-piece and bring an edge and a physicality to our game that people haven't seen this year.

"If we can do that I think we've got the potential in our backline to cut some shapes up in teams.

"We were in it for most of that first half and that try just before half-time [by Crusaders skipper Kieran Read] sort of relieved a lot of that pressure [on them] and put a lot of pressure back on us.

"We chased the game from there and probably chased the game too early. We made too many mistakes at our own end and to get a hiding like that - because it was a hiding - the boys really hurt."

Coach Dave Rennie also spoke of the bitter memories of the crunching defeat in Christchurch, saying it is providing plenty of motivation for an angry group of Chiefs forwards.

Roughed up then punished with five tries, Rennie's men left AMI Stadium a little shaken by the experience but it was their pride that suffered most.

"If you don't bring the same sort of intensity [as the Crusaders] you're going to be under a bit of pressure and we didn't have that with or without the ball," said Rennie.

"Any repeat of that and the season is over so I'm pretty confident you won't see any of that."

Because of that there was an acute feeling among the squad that they needed to be right on top of their game this week.

But Elliot has no doubt the Chiefs are capable of reaching the level he feels is needed to beat the Crusaders.
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"I think we can get there. I know and I understand the character of this team and what we've built over the last year and a half to two years.

"We've got a hard-working bunch of guys that are willing to put their bodies on the line for each other week-in, week-out and I think we're going to show that this week - show how really tight we are."

Sources: Fairfax & Newstalk ZB

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England U20 v Samoa U20 07h00 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v France U20 09h30 Tbilisi
Ireland U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
Australia U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
Fri, 02 June 2017
Blues v Reds 07h35 Auckland
Sat, 03 June 2017
Crusaders v Highlanders 02h35 Christchurch
Chiefs v Waratahs 05h05 Hamilton
NZ Barbarians v B&I Lions 07h35 Toll Stadium
Brumbies v Rebels 09h45 Canberra
Force v Hurricanes 11h35 Perth
Sun, 04 June 2017
Ireland U20 v Scotland U20 07h00 AIA Arena
Argentina U20 v France U20 07h00 Tbilisi
New Zealand U20 v Italy U20 09h30 AIA Arena
Australia U20 v Samoa U20 09h30 Tbilisi
South Africa U20 v Georgia U20 12h00 Tbilisi
England U20 v Wales U20 14h30 Tbilisi
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Sun, 28 May 2017
Lions v Kings 54 | 10
Sat, 27 May 2017
Jaguares v Brumbies 15 | 39
Munster v Scarlets 22 | 46
Sharks v Stormers 22 | 10
Wasps v Exeter Chiefs 20 | 23
Bulls v Hurricanes 20 | 34
Rebels v Crusaders 19 | 41
Highlanders v Waratahs 44 | 28
Sunwolves v Cheetahs 7 | 47
Fri, 26 May 2017
Reds v Force 26 | 40
Blues v Chiefs 16 | 16
Sun, 21 May 2017
Waratahs v Rebels 50 | 23
Sat, 20 May 2017
Kings v Brumbies 10 | 19
Munster v Ospreys 23 | 3
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 21 | 20
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Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 12 5 0 7 28
Waratahs 12 4 0 8 19
Force 12 4 0 8 17
Reds 12 3 0 9 16
Rebels 12 1 1 10 8
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 13 13 0 0 59
Hurricanes 12 10 0 2 48
Highlanders 13 10 0 3 45
Chiefs 12 9 1 2 45
Blues 13 6 1 6 33
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 12 7 0 5 34
Cheetahs 13 3 0 10 16
Bulls 12 3 0 9 15
Sunwolves 12 1 0 11 7
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 13 12 0 1 56
Sharks 13 9 1 3 42
Jaguares 12 5 0 7 24
Kings 12 4 0 8 19