Muliaina confident Chiefs can pull off Crusaders upset



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Chiefs captain Mils Muliaina and his team have been enjoying some form of late but knows that things will get a lot tougher when they face the unbeaten Crusaders this Friday in Hamilton.

With three wins in a row the Chiefs look to be on a roll but they will need every ounce of confidence this weekend as they will be coming off a bye.

Muliaina knows how dangerous the Crusaders can be but said he is confident the Chiefs can beat them.

“They’re a team with a lot of All Blacks and have a lot of guys that are really good upstairs when thinking about the game.” he told Sportal.

“These guys are unbeaten and they’re a quality team and we know it’s a massive game for us.

“We are certainly looking at a couple of areas that we’ll try and attack but you can’t dwell on too much on the Crusaders because they are a good team but they’re also a team that can be beaten.

“We’ve just got to worry about ourselves and the good things about the last three weeks,” said Muliaina.

Muliaina said the bye had helped with the team selection and should play into the hands of the home side.

“It certainly came at the right time for us because we’ve carried so many injuries throughout the year and it gave the guys the opportunity to get away for the week and we’re going to come back refreshed and ready to go.

“We came back from the Brumbies game, had a session on the game and then got away from the rugby environment.

“It’s going to be a massive game and we are going to need a good result in order to continue,” he said.

Waikato Stadium is expecting huge numbers at the Friday night fixture as New Zealand’s only leg of the V8 Supercars Championship roars into life in Hamilton this weekend.

“There are a lot of guys here who are excited about the V8’s and the cities really starting to buzz.

“I hear they have sold about 110,000 tickets to the V8’s so hopefully we get a bit of that crowd coming to the game on Friday because it’s certainly going to be an exciting one,” said Muliaina.   

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