Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie will be putting his players to work after a bye this weekend, because he knows there is room for concern in key areas.
The Chiefs lost 26-13 to the Highlanders in front of the biggest rugby crowd seen in Hamilton for three years. While on the scoreboard the deficit was only 13-points, the game as a whole was dominated by the Highlanders.
“This highlights that Super Rugby is a tough competition, but we just made way too many errors”, Rennie said.
The Chiefs will work on three key areas in training ahead of the next game.
What has to be a concern for Rennie is how bad the Chiefs handled the ball the last time they played. Key breaks were made downfield, only for the ball to be lost when taken into contact. Passing accuracy also has to be of concern for the Chiefs, two incidents where the ball was thrown into touch in the loss to the Highlanders.
For a side that went into the game leading the competition, the Chiefs were only able to build three attacks that went past a few phases and dropped to the bottom of the New Zealand conference at one-point last weekend, but with the Hurricanes losing to the Sharks, thankfully the Chiefs currently sit at second heading into their bye week.
Rennie doesn’t believe the last three weeks of scratchy rugby is down to the preparation of the squad as a whole.
“We prepare really well, it wasn’t a lack of effort just more a lack of accuracy”, Rennie said.
Rennie says that ball security, tackling, and discipline is what the Chiefs need to work on ahead of their clash with the Rebels next weekend.