Chiefs want to regain pre-break form

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Lynn McConnell     14 Jul 2017     Getty Images

That is all dependent on other results determining final placings and for that reason the Chiefs are determined to finish off the round-robin by regaining the touch they showed when beating the Hurricanes in their last outing.


The incentive for the Chiefs on Saturday was clear. If they win they can claim fifth place on the ladder which would leave the travel easier, to Australia rather than South Africa, and they wanted to try and recapture the roll they were on before the June break.

The Brumbies have put a less experienced team than usual on the field in order to rest players ahead of their quarter final but assistant coach Neil Barnes said he didn't care, the Chiefs were concentrating entirely on themselves and how they wanted to play the game.

"What they bring to the table is up to them but we'll still respect whatever fronts up out there. I've got no idea what their motive is for doing what they're doing and as I said I don't really care as this is all about us," he said.

The Chiefs wouldn't be playing All Blacks Brodie Retallick, Sam Cane and Anton Lienert-Brown in order to have them recover from the British & Irish Lions series and also to have them fresh for the quarter final next week.

Barnes said they had enjoyed good preparation over the last two weeks.

They had placed Mitchell Brown at lock, he had been training there and was a good lineout forward, in order to get both Liam Messam and Michael Leitch on the field. Lock Dominic Bird had taken a knock to his head at training during the week and while he didn't suffer concussion the management were taking a precautionary view and giving him the week off so he was 100 percent for next week.

And Alex Nankiville had been named at centre after impressing in the brief opportunities he had had this year and also with his training ethic.

"His attack game is top shelf and he reads things very well, he's got great hands and good feet so it's an opportunity for him to put his hand up for the last part of the season," he said.