Chiefs hitting form ahead of Crusaders clash


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Chiefs coach Ian Foster’s team are coming off the bye and face the toughest of challenges in that they must get back up to match speed against the Crusaders albeit in Hamilton.

Given the Chiefs recent form the match looms arguably as the clash of the season so far.

The Chiefs beat the Brumbies in their last clash 42-28 which was the most points achieved by any team visiting Canberra in 13 years.

In the three week run up to their bye they scored three consecutive bonus-point wins and recorded more tries and more points than any team in the championship over the period.

“We have a way of playing, we enjoy it and I think it suits the players we have got.


“It’s nice to see them expressing themselves,” Foster told the Sunday Star-Times, hinting there would be little change of approach against the clinical Crusaders.

A concern for the Chiefs is that they have also been conceding tries.

They have been working hard to plug some holes but Foster says he can live with that if his side can maintain their current style and efficiency on attack.

“Obviously we leaked too many points early in this campaign. Over the last two or three weeks I guess it’s more the tempo of the game and the way we have decided to play – there’s a bit more of a risk factor to it.

“It’s a higher tempo and you leave yourself at the risk of being exposed a little bit.

“Whilst we aren’t happy with the amount of points we are conceding the flip side is, where do you get the balance?


“If you can score 42 points and they score 28, well, I’ll take that every week.”   

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