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Chiefs coaches have issued a warning to players

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith says they have warned the players

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Article Published: Wednesday 26 March 2014|

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith has revealed that the coaching staff had a serious talk with the squad after their shock 18-15 loss to the Western Force on Saturday.

The loss to the Western Force ended the Chiefs unbeaten run in Super Rugby and they must now tour South Africa and face the Bulls in Pretoria.

Smith says that one the only positive to the loss in Perth that he could think of was that they will head to Pretoria with no injuries from the loss.

"Tim Nanai-Williams didn't run yesterday, he's got a slight strain in the back of his hamstring but I don't think there'll be anyone not available for selection this week of the guys who are over here. "

Smith said that tense words were exchanged between the coaches and players but he says that the players have responded well.

"As in every area we've just got to step up. If we come into the match like we went into the Force match then I'll tell you we've got no show and we've been pretty brutal about that. "

"As coaches we don't tend to hide anything," Smith told RadioSport.

The former All Black coach said that they have already started working on their lineout which they have identified as an area of critical weakness.

"Our lineout has been a work in progress," explained Smith.

"We've made some progress, but we're going to be up against the best lineout in the competition from the best lineout forward in the world running it in Victor Matfield. "

"So that's a huge challenge for our forwards. "

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