Chiefs ready for Brumbies' challenge

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Captain and flanker Sam Cane, who will be starting off the open side of the scrum for the first time this year, said there was plenty to play for as they chase their fourth win in four games.

 

Cane appreciated having last week off and not having to make the trip to Japan. It had been good for his conditioning.

 

The side go into the Brumbies game knowing that if they can get a fourth win, they will go into their bye at the head of the competition and knowing their destiny will be in their own hands further down the line. It would also give them the confidence they were on the right track.

 

They were not getting ahead of themselves as they had only achieved three wins in a row. They only needed to look back 12 months to know how quickly things could change.

 

Cane said there was a quiet confidence within the group about the squad and coaching group they had built and it was good to have that feeling and to be able to put that out on the park.

 

That was reflected with the delight the group felt when longer term injury sufferers wing Sam McNichol and flanker Luke Jacobson were included in the side for the Brumbies game.

 

Everyone recognised the hard work they had put in and the resilience they had shown to come back. That was especially the case with McNichol.

 

"That was particularly the case with Sammy, it's been a really long time for him and I'm just stoked for him. They've put in so much hard work and hopefully they can just get out there and enjoy it," Cane said.

 

The Chiefs also appreciated that the Brumbies would be looking to continue to make use of their effective driving maul, and Cane had no qualms about that. He said the Chiefs were also happy with their own maul and it had its place in the game.

 

"It's a special part of rugby. Look, a team can have a wicked driving maul and can win games off the back of that – drive from their defensive end, win a penalty, kick and go again," he said.

 

"So it's a serious weapon when teams have a good driving maul, I think it's awesome that it's in rugby, it makes part of our game so unique, and allows for all different athletes as well."

 

The maul aside, the team was equipped to apply full pressure on the Chiefs.

 

"You just have to look through their team, they're stacked full of Wallabies.

 

"We know their maul is their real go-to, but you can't let that take away [from their overall danger], they've also got so many hard ball carriers. They're a team that just does the simple things really well, and they'll continue to do it for 80 minutes so we'll have to be good and really looking forward to challenging them," he said.

 

There was also extra motivation for the Chiefs who took part in last year's humiliating 17-54 loss to the Brumbies in Canberra.

 

"It was a shocker. And the guys that played in that game will be carrying a bit of hurt underneath," he said.

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