Chiefs look forward to home advantage in the playoffs

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Coach Clayton McMillan said, "To give yourself the absolute best chance of winning, you've got to be playing your finals at home. It's bloody hard to go anywhere else and win those games.

"I thought our guys prepared well all week and came over with a great mindset to want to nullify their game.

"Our defensive effort was huge. Off the back of the, [in our] phase play, we made good decisions, got up and banged them. It was relentless, the boys didn't stop, and that was the most pleasing thing.

Captain Sam Cane said, "In the first half, it felt like we were defending a lot, but we were working hard.

"There were a couple of times we had to be desperate and just hung on.

"But you're going to get that when you come to the pointy end of the season. It's going to come down to small moments, and the work guys do off the ball to get set and make covering tackles, and that was good.

"The mentality is we know we'll have to keep improving and fine-tuning our game because, if we think we're happy with where we're at, it won't be good enough come finals time.

"We've been pretty hard on ourselves, we've been pretty picky, because we know it doesn't matter how many games you win during the season, it's the one at the back end that count. So, we're building towards those."

The Chiefs take on the Western Force in the final game of the regular season at 12am NZT on Sunday. There will be plenty riding on the match with the Force playing for a spot in the playoffs and the Chiefs keen to keep their winning momentum going into the knock-out phase.

Chiefs v Western Force, 12am NZT, Sunday 4 June, HBF Park, Perh. Watch LIVE on Sky Sport.


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