Chiefs hoping to avoid a scrum reset fest against the Brumbies in Hamilton

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The Brumbies were involved in a first-half scrum reset fest in Christchurch against the Crusaders that left no one happy, and Chiefs scrum coach Nick White was expecting an improved effort from the Australians who had a Test front row.


"They're clever enough to work out what they need to do this week and we've just got to make sure, with our group, that we nail our stuff, and how we scrum. We want to make sure we can control what we can, that's the main thing," he said.


“There's nothing wrong with a good scrum contest, but one at a time, not three or four. It's the responsibility of both teams to make sure we get our set up right, all our techniques are right and we have a good, solid whack-in.”

Nick White


The news that Atu Moli, who had been recovering from a hip injury problem suffered last year, had played three club rugby games and would now be available for selection was a potential scrummaging boost for the side.


However, the decision to delay the announcement of their side until Thursday was made on the back of their disappointing performance at the weekend in Perth, and to give coaches time to assess players during Tuesday training, White said.



The Force, who had the winning of the game had a last-minute conversion been successful, had been an improving team, making the Australian semifinals. They also enjoyed the support of a massive crowd, so there was no surprise for the Chiefs that they played so well.


More of the same, if not more, could be expected from the Brumbies, a side who had shown they had the Chiefs' measure in the past, he said.


"They've got a lot of Test players in their side, a good coaching crew, so they're a smart side and will be a tough nut to crack. We're going to have to be a lot better than we were the other night to make sure we get a win here on Saturday night," he said.


Their requirements for achieving that will be to play as they were supposed to play, play at the right end of the field, not give stupid penalties away, and hold onto the ball and earn the right.


Another lesson had been to earn a bonus point, something that only came after earning the right earlier in the game, he said.


It was more important to win the game first than to be worried about bonus points.



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