Chiefs flanker Sam Cane says that competition for places in their Super rugby squad is helping to drive the players.
The Chiefs followed up their opening round victory over the Highlanders with a comprehensive 45-3 Super Rugby victory over the Cheetahs at Waikato Stadium.
The Chiefs victory came after they ran in four tries in the final quarter of the match having led 10-3 at half time.
"It's an extremely competitive team," said Cane who has been named ahead of fellow flanker Tanerau Latimer in the Chiefs two matches to date.
"There's not much difference between the starting 15, the guys on the bench and even the guys that miss out," Cane told Sportal.
"Training counts for a lot when you're getting in the start or the 22 - it's a competitive team but it can only be good."
Even though the Chiefs led for three quarters of the match they spent an alarming amount of time defending.
However the Chiefs will take plenty of confidence from their defence as they limited their opponents to scoring one penalty in the 80 minutes.
Cane said that the mistakes they made put them under pressure at the wrong times.
"When we did have the ball we made silly mistakes then on defence we were giving away silly penalties that were putting us under the pump."
The Chiefs will now travel to South Africa where they will face the Stormers at Newlands and the Southern Kings in Port Elizabeth.