Winning critical for Dave Rennie and his men

The Chiefs come into this afternoon’s encounter with the Cheetahs in need of a convincing performance.


After the brilliant showing against the Stormers in Cape Town, Dave Rennie and his Chiefs side failed to fire against the Sharks in a match marred with controversy and three red cards.

That came off the back of an average showing against the Highlanders last time the Chiefs played in Hamilton.

The Cheetahs are a side that will test the Chiefs with their kicking game.

The question over fitness needs to be answered today after a long flight back from South Africa, backing up less than a week from the last game will test the physical fitness of the younger players in the squad.

With Sonny Bill Williams and Charlie Ngatai both rejoining the squad, two in the backline will be fresh and ready to go after sitting out the last game in Williams’s case, and Ngatai missed the entire tour to South Africa.

James Lowe misses out this afternoon and will be replaced by Tom Marshall on the left wing.

Aaron Cruden and Damian McKenzie will need to kick well as it is expected that the Cheetahs will kick deep into Chiefs territory in the early parts of the game.

Basic handling errors have cost the Chiefs in the two losses this season and that is the biggest work on today.

The Chiefs play the Cheetahs this afternoon at Waikato Stadium with kick off at 4.30pm.

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