Chiefs makeover for Hurricanes game

Robert Lowe, NZ Newswire July 10, 2012, 4:12 pm

It's little surprise which area Super Rugby leaders the Chiefs have underlined for a big improvement as they face the Hurricanes in the final round of the regular season.

The Chiefs are backing up from a 28-21 defeat to the Crusaders in Hamilton, where they were dominated at the set pieces by a pack boasting an All Black in every starting position.

Skipper and lineout caller Craig Clarke's late withdrawal through illness didn't help the home side.

But flanker Liam Messam is blunt about how the Chiefs performed at scrum and lineout time.

"It was pretty terrible," he said.

"We know as a forward pack that's not acceptable and we're going to have to be better against the Hurricanes to make sure we give our backs the ball they want."

Messam said the intensity the Crusaders brought with them was a lesson for the Chiefs.

"That's a great learning for us as a team and especially as a young team," the All Blacks loose forward said.

"Most of those guys haven't played footy of that intensity before. If we can learn from it as a whole group, then we can be the better for it."

However, Messam also gave his teammates plenty of kudos for the way they fought back from an early 20-6 deficit to be in with a chance of snatching a draw at the death.

Defeat reduced the Chiefs' lead at the top of the table to a solitary point over the Stormers.

They know they won't get any favours in Wellington on Friday night from the eighth-placed Hurricanes, who are still in the battle for a play-off spot.

"This is a very difficult and dangerous Hurricanes side," Messam said.

"We know they will be coming at us, because they need to win as well. We just have to make sure we have a better week than we did against the Crusaders."

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  1. GEOFFREY09:49pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    I agree Rommel SBW is not reliable and hes definately not loyal. He walked out on the Bull Dogs then Toulon followed by the Crusaders and now the Chiefs and soon to be Panasonic in Japan. Every one has to re arrange to find a place for SBW then he walks out on them. What a reputation to have.

  2. tom08:25pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Oh !!Almost overlooked all the overfed Iwi and their followers around the ground.And the drums/the hakas/th KFC wrappings.Man.What a Show to Go!!

  3. tom08:22pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Oh please!!The Ultimate Pacifica Game!!There will be that many errors and that much looking skyward rugby will be out the door.Not to mention the head highs-the blatant shoulder charges and the lack of concentration all round.Oh and don't forget all the tatood arms/necks/legs etc.Man!!These Pacificas know how to put on a Show.And dose many coloured boots.Geez!!Anyone for a Coconut pie???

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  4. Annieo07:48pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Hey Perp words tasted ok . Bit worried bout your chiefs v 'Canes but think they might just sneek in. Great game last week.

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  5. Perplexed07:36pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Well,If hes punching sky, Rom? skys not conplaining at all ah? In fact may be happy tu be benched yu know? i mean as thu girls would say? 8-10 inches wid thrust behind it, or me wid 2 inches ? settle down Per this IS rugby,Only thing I know is sorry canes,Yu gunna get Hammited ah,& when them old crucutters come calling for the final?what simathy

  6. ROMMEL07:11pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    will that freak sbw be playing or dont the chiefs like the sky punching yes i'm the man thing that he has going ,,,i think they should have him standing on the bench doing these ,,,,cause lets face it he aint reliable enough to be trusted with touching the bloody ball ,,,ja

  7. skypilot07:04pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    this fella JANE who just commented ,, methink he is far too opiniated and frequent on here to be a " normal " dude ! but no

  8. Nach07:01pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Should be a close one. $BW will be quiet 'cos he is up against the best in the business, Conrad Smith!! Without Perenara for the 'Canes, the Tainui boys may have an edge.

  9. Hombre07:00pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    Will we see SBW wearing his mickey mouse hat ? Go the Canes.

  10. Clarence06:56pm Tuesday 10th July 2012 NZSTReport Abuse

    just remember its a 80 minute team game so go chiefs


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