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Competition for spots ables Cane

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Sportal.co.nz     03 Mar 2013     Getty Images

The result was built on defence as much as it was on attack, and it was no surprise to see Cane, who plies his domestic trade with Bay of Plenty, featuring heavily.

Cane said having the edge over fellow flanker Tanerau Latimer when it came to starting the side's opening two matches came down to consistency in trainings.

"It's an extremely competitive team," said Cane of his side.

"There's not much difference between the starting 15, the guys on the bench and even the guys that miss out.

"Training counts for a lot when you're getting in the start or the 22 – it's a competitive team but it can only be good."

While enduring a rusty first half defensively, the Chiefs managed to keep their opponents to three points for the entirety of the match.

Cane said his side were being put under pressure at the wrong times.

"When we did have the ball we made silly mistakes then on defence we were giving away silly penalties that were putting us under the pump."

The quick turnaround sees the defending champions board a plane on Sunday to travel to South Africa for a clash with the Stormers.

The flanker said the difference in altitude was something he had to encounter to believe.

"It's a real thing, the altitude. As soon as you get on the training field the air is drier, the lungs are burning a bit more – but it's the same for both teams."