Chiefs looking to 'get physical'

Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:40
Large rennie   smit 630

The two-time defending champion Chiefs are looking to turn around their poor form against Australian sides when the head to Canberra on Saturday.

The two-time defending champion Chiefs are looking to turn around their poor form against Australian sides when the head to Canberra on Saturday.

In what has been a disappointing season by their standards, the Chiefs lost to the Western Force (15-18 in Perth), the Brumbies (23-41 in Canberra) and the Waratahs (17-33 in Hamilton), while they only managed to score one try in beating the bottom-placed Rebels 22-16 in Hamilton after returning from South Africa.

''There is no doubt our guys, when they play the Kiwi sides, get up big time," Chiefs coach Dave Rennie told the Waikato Times.

''They've got a lot of mates in the teams, there's a lot of history and that sort of thing and while we certainly don't disrespect the Aussie sides, maybe we haven't always had the same sort of physical edge.

''If you look at it the Waratahs outmuscled us, the Brumbies outmuscled us and we're well aware we need to get our heads in the right place for this weekend, otherwise if we don't bring any physicality we've got no show,'' Rennie added.

The Chiefs are not happy merely to be in the Super Rugby play-offs.

After two championship titles in the last two seasons the expectations are a lot higher than that, even if this year they had to battle to scrape into the top six.

To win the title this season the Chiefs would likely have to win three knock-out matches away from home in the next three weeks - starting with the Brumbies in Canberra on Saturday.

But that is what they are aiming for.

''I think there's an understanding here that it's not even about making the playoffs, it's about winning this thing,'' Chiefs' assistant coach Wayne Smith told the newspaper.

''We've got to ramp up another gear yet.''

Smith said little changed for the Chiefs this week as, in reality, they had already been in knock-out mode for the last two weeks, having to win their last two round-robin matches just to qualify.

''When we lost to the Highlanders Dave got on his phone and did a few calculations and said we've still got a chance, but we knew we had to win.

''I think if you look at all the teams this team's shown a lot of mental toughness to win away from home in a sudden-death situation.

''These boys want it badly, we've had to win to get there, we've had to win under big pressure, we've kept it simple, made it pretty personal and I think we'll just continue with that sort of recipe,'' Smith added.

Source: Waikato Times

There are currently no matches being played
FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Fri, 15 December 2017
Ulster v Harlequins 19h45 Kingspan Stadium
Sat, 16 December 2017
Montpellier v Glasgow Warriors 13h00 Altrad Stadium
Treviso v Scarlets 13h00 Stadio Comunale di Monigo
Leinster v Exeter Chiefs 15h15 Aviva Stadium
Racing Metro v Castres 15h15 Stade Yves-du-Manoir
Bath v Toulon 17h30 Recreation Ground
Sun, 17 December 2017
Wasps v La Rochelle 13h00 Ricoh Arena
Clermont Auvergne v Saracens 15h15 Stade Marcel-Michelin
Ospreys v Northampton Saints 15h15 Liberty Stadium
Leicester Tigers v Munster 17h30 Welford Road
RESULT SCORE
Mon, 11 December 2017
Saracens v Clermont Auvergne 14 | 46
Sun, 10 December 2017
Exeter Chiefs v Leinster 8 | 18
Harlequins v Ulster 5 | 17
La Rochelle v Wasps 49 | 29
Sat, 09 December 2017
Munster v Leicester Tigers 33 | 10
Castres v Racing Metro 16 | 13
Northampton Saints v Ospreys 32 | 43
Toulon v Bath 24 | 20
Scarlets v Treviso 33 | 28
Fri, 08 December 2017
Glasgow Warriors v Montpellier 22 | 29
Sun, 03 December 2017
Harlequins v Saracens 20 | 19
Sat, 02 December 2017
Cheetahs v Scarlets 28 | 21
Munster v Ospreys 36 | 10
Wasps v Leicester Tigers 32 | 25
Treviso v Leinster 10 | 36
SUPER RUGBY
MORE LOGS
Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28