The Chiefs say their confidence hasn’t been dented despite a poor loss to the in-form Highlanders last time out in which ball security was a major issue.
Head coach Dave Rennie says he spent a lot of time looking at his sides last performance on video during the bye week.
“We had a pretty brutal review, but in the end it is a pretty good learning curve for us and the Highlanders exposed a couple of areas that we need to be sharper in”, Rennie said.
The Chiefs believe that they are in a position to launch towards the playoffs with just four rounds of regular competition remaining, and two rounds remaining before the June international window that will see a handful of the Chiefs players going off on All Black duties.
“We talked a lot about competitive edge and we need to be better in that area”, Rennie said.
Rennie also stressed that the average performances heading into the latest bye hasn’t dented their confidence, or ranking as favourites for winning the Super Rugby title in 2016.
“The last result hasn’t dented our confidence, we know we can beat anyone, but we haven’t been good enough recently”, Rennie said.
Charlie Ngatai will be unavailable for the clash against the Rebels on Saturday as symptoms from a concussion in the late stages of the match against the Highlanders have continued to linger this week.
Apart from Ngatai, everyone who played in the last round will be available for selection against the Rebels on Saturday.