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Cruden : Chiefs will need to be more assertive

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Chiefs first-five Aaron Cruden says that the Chiefs will need to ensure that they limit the Hurricanes ability to play the game where they want to will be vital.

The Chiefs play maker says that it will be vital that they limit the Wellington’s side’s ability to play at the right end of the field in Wellington.

That was Aaron Cruden’s view as the Chiefs pondered their 60-21 demolition job on the Stormers in Cape Town at the weekend.

Cruden said the Chiefs were not prepared to accept the underdog status at a press conference in Cape Town.

The Chiefs would be heading home, sleeping a few nights in their own beds and then heading to Wellington for what would be an exciting game, as all the New Zealand Conference games had been this year.

However, both sides have concerns over their captains, Sam Cane taking a head knock in Cape Town and Dane Coles leaving the field with a rib injury in Wellington where the Hurricanes were too strong for the Stormers in achieving a 41-0 in terrible conditions.

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie said Cane would have to go through the usual protocols but he was clear in Cape Town with no post-game symptoms so he was hopeful he would come through.

Cruden said the Chiefs would have to be assertive in Wellington.

“Rugby fields are all the same when you get out and cross over that white line. We think we have every chance and hopefully Wellington [and its weather] will be nice to us,” he told ANA.

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