Chiefs wary of thinking of a new Kingdom

James Mortimer     06 Aug 2012    

One wouldn't be surprised if the minimum target for next year is quite simply a successful championship defence.

Already there has been a hint of preperation towards next season, and the careful and demanding coaching team of Dave Rennie, Wayne Smith and Tom Converty have already indicated they have a little while to work before taking a well earned break, looking at next season, coupled with visits to local unions to scout for talent in the Chiefs catchment area.

The Chiefs coach Rennie said prior to the final that even a title won't allow the team to talk of establishing a new Super Rugby Kingdom.

“You talk about dynasties, you need to win championships," Rennie said.
"(We need to) perform consistently year after year."

Smith has already talked of putting in the work on and off the field, and clearly this is a Chiefs side unwilling to rest on their laurels.

The former All Blacks assistant and World Cup winning coach has made a commitment to the Chiefs, knocking back an offer to work with England, not merely for family reasons, but because he has constantly believed that there is something about the team - and he was proven right in the best possible way at the Tron on Saturday night.

The Chiefs win moves them onto Super Rugby's highest table, joining the Crusaders, Bulls, Blues, Brumbies and Reds as championship winners.

The Chiefs are not to quick to start talking dynasties, despite the fact that they conquered a domestic competition featuring the cream of the SANZAR superpowers, and beating the Crusaders in the semi-final en route to their success against the Sharks makes this a well earned title.

Rennie made a point to credit talent identification as a big reason for the team's success, with the former Under-20's mentor working with many young players in recent years, while there has been a mix of new and old technology - from furious inter-club hitouts, to one-on-one video analysis with every player.

With the 2012 Investec Super Rugby title guaranteed a 12-month stay in Hamilton, one expects the Chiefs to work very hard over the next year to ensure that they can go back-to-back, and allow themselves to talk about establishing a dynasty.

Rennie also indicated that winning the title might make the Chiefs a more examined team in 2013.

"That's right, we won't be able to sneak back into town anywhere," he said.