Chiefs still eyeing top spot in NZ conference

Tue, 23 May 2017 07:54
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IN THE SPOTLIGHT: The Chiefs believe that top spot in the New Zealand conference is still within their grasp despite their recent defeat to the Crusaders.

The Hamilton-based side are currently 11 points behind the Crusaders, but they still enjoy a game in hand over the Christchurch.

The Chiefs will need to win their remaining matches and hope that the Crusaders and the Hurricanes drop points along the way if they are to get to the top of the standings ahead of the play-offs.

"We haven't counted out the fact we can still finish top in our Conference but we need a couple of other sides to knock over the Crusaders," Chiefs coach Dave Rennie told allblacks.com.

"We'll control what we can, obviously that's through a good performance this weekend [against the Blues]."

There will be a lot on the line at Eden Park this weekend as the Blues will also be looking for a win to keep their play-off hopes alive.

"I think they'll [Blues] be highly-motivated, but they've always been massive encounters and I expect nothing different this week," Rennie 
said.

Rennie has pinpointed a few areas where his team went wrong in their 24-31 defeat to the Crusaders. 

"We made a couple of defensive errors that we wouldn't normally make, they [Crusaders] were pretty clinical and they scored off them. 

"We had some opportunities especially just before and just after half-time that we could have put a little pressure on them but we didn't nail those," Rennie added.

Source: @AllBlacks

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Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
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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