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Pain of 2009 Super14 final loss will drive Chiefs

Liam Messam : We know the job's not done

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Article Published: Monday 30 July 2012|

The Chiefs are using painful memories of the 2009 Super Rugby final against the Bulls at Loftus Versfeld in Pretoria as motivation for this week's Super Rugby final against the Sharks.

The Chiefs will host the Sharks in the 2012 Super Rugby final in Hamilton as they finished higher than the Sharks in the regular season standings.

All Black flanker Liam Messam said that what happened in the 2009 final led to more subdued celebrations when they beat the Crusaders 20-17 on Friday.

"We probably celebrated a bit too much when we made the final (in 2009), enjoyed the occasion too much," he said.

Messam said that this time they would make sure that they had a bit of steel about themselves for this year's final.

"This group of men are willing to do whatever it takes for each other," he said.

"We know the job's not done. There's still a little bit of steel and edge to the boys which is good. "

"We know we've got a big week ahead of us."

Messam said that the Semi-final against the Crusaders was an exhausting 80 minute effort but added that they had expected it.

"It was pleasing to finish the way we did. They had the ball in our 22m (area) and we pushed them back into their own half," he told Sportal.

Messam said that putting pressure on the Crusaders from the start of the match by getting into them defensively was the only way to beat the seven time champions.

"You've got to get stuck into them - it starts at the kick-off. "

"The boys flew in from there and it just snow balled effect into the last minute. "

"It's important to set the tone from the start and have strong body language."

"The whole week we broke down their game and saw opportunities where we could get our attack going and that's down to Dave Rennie and Aaron Cruden having a great plan to attack the Crusaders and as you know that plan worked," he said.

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