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Smith: 2014 Brumbies are much more dangerous

Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith says the Brumbies are much tougher this year

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Article Published: Tuesday 15 July 2014|

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Chiefs assistant coach Wayne Smith says that he believes their Super Rugby qualifying opponents the Brumbies are more dangerous in 2014 than they were last year.

The Chiefs won their second Super Rugby title last year when they beat the Brumbies in Hamilton but they must now travel to Canberra as they look to win their third title.

The Chiefs played the Brumbies in Canberra earlier this season and the Brumbies won the match 41-23 although it should be noted that the Chiefs were without a number of their All Blacks including Aaron Cruden in that match.

Chiefs assistant coach Smith believes that the 2014 Brumbies are much more attack minded under head coach Stephen Larkham than they were under Jake White.

"I think they play more. I think under Stephen Larkham they've probably played a bit more (than they did last year)," Smith told the Waikato Times.

"They kicked a fair bit against the Waratahs but then against the Force they moved a lot of ball, their backs really made an impact.

"Whereas last year (under Jake White) they basically weren't allowed to play in their own half, they kicked everything and probably by their own admission didn't do enough to win that final."

Smith says that the Brumbies are more dangerous this year as they have more variation in their game and the Chiefs will have to be ready to adapt to whatever style the Brumbies use on Saturday.

"You assume they're going to play a certain way, you always do for every opposition, but when you run out there you believe nothing - you've got to confirm it on the field."

In the last contest between then teams the Brumbies outscored the Chiefs by five tries to two on the ANZAC Day clash.

"They gave us a real hiding over there and it was pretty awkward coming back from that," Smith said.

"It was pretty discouraging at the time but there are a lot of things that are different this time.

"We had a very short turnaround then, we bused from Sydney to Canberra, we were without some of our players and they had huge emotional capital, sitting there waiting for us after a bye to give payback for (last year's) final and with the huge Anzac spirit they have over there.

"So there are a lot of factors that are different this time but they are a bloody good team, there's no doubt about that.

"They're well coached, they're smart, they're tough and they're at home," Smith said.

 
 
 
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