Super Rugby

Rennie admits Chiefs scrum needs work




Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says that they will have to work a lot harder in their scrum after the Lions outperformed them in Hamilton.

The Chiefs scrum coupled with the interpretations of referee Andrew Lees had the Hamilton side struggling to keep in a match that they started as strong favourites.

Rennie’s Chiefs have left New Zealand for South Africa where they will face the Southern Kings and then on to Argentina to face the Jaguares.

Both sides are new to Super Rugby this year and the Chiefs loss to the Lions will not have gone unnoticed.

“Our set-piece is going to have to be pretty sharp because there’s no doubt another African side will see that as an opportunity to target us,” said coach Dave Rennie.

If the Lions were able to challenge the Chiefs scrum then a Jaguares team that is made of Pumas players that have tested the All Black scrum will be excited about their upcoming challenge.

“And no doubt the Jaguars will think the same,” said Rennie.

“They have a massive scrum and will try challenge us there, too.”

Referee interpretations can also play a big role and some of Lees’ decisions raising Rennie’s eyebrows in the match against the Lions.

“You’re always going to argue around scrums,” the coach told the Herald on Sunday.

“We just have to do a better job of defending that and painting a picture.”

Rennie is of course wary of pointing the finger at the officials but also knows that his team’s scrum has plenty of room for improvement.

“We’re not trying to blame the referee for our issues,” he said.

“Our issues were our own. At scrum-time, we know we’re going to be targeted so we have to do a better job.”

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