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Lynn McConnell     11 Jul 2017     Getty Images

The Chiefs are hosting the top of the Australian Conference Brumbies in Hamilton on Saturday at 5.35pm.

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They will need to know the outcome of the Crusaders-Hurricanes game which follows at 7.35pm. If the Hurricanes manage to beat the Crusaders the Chiefs will be on a bus at 2am on Sunday morning to travel to Auckland Airport to leave for Cape Town.

But the less exacting option would result from the Crusaders getting the win, meaning the Chiefs would have a few extra days at home before travelling to Canberra for a repeat game against the Brumbies.

"We know we're going to be travelling, you've got to get your head around that and wherever we're going we've got to perform well," he said.

"We don't need a bonus point, we just need a win. If the Hurricanes win we're going to Cape Town and if they lose we're going to Canberra," he said.

The side's brains trust had been spending a fair amount of time studying the Brumbies largely because they may play them twice in a row. But at the same time they were also looking at the Stormers.
He expected the Brumbies would be looking to have momentum going into the play-offs.

"I'm not sure what team they will bring, but whoever it is they will have a good side, they're the best Aussie side," he said.

Rennie said he believed the Chiefs were good enough to handle the challenges of playing away and said if they were going to win the Super Rugby competition they were going to have to win it on the road.

Rennie was delighted with the way the side performed when beating the Hurricanes in the last game before the Lions' Test series. A lot of the side had stood up but the challenge this week was to blend the All Blacks back into the side.

They were not required at training through the early stages of the week and Rennie said he wanted them to 'clear their heads a little bit', and not all of them would play this weekend.

It was a case of waiting to see how lock Brodie Retallick, flanker Sam Cane and centre Anton Lienert-Brown shaped up. But it was unlikely they would play this week to have them ready for the play-offs. 

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