The fact the Chiefs had to travel the 11 765km to the Cape for this
game is not so much the worry in terms of their title chances - they go
into the fixture as favourites - it's more the fact that if they make
the semi-finals it's guaranteed to be all the way back in New Zealand -
either against the Crusaders in Christchurch, or against the Highlanders
It mirrors the task they faced last year, when they
went over and spanked the Stormers 60-21, before coming up well short
against the eventual title-winning Hurricanes 25-9 in Wellington.
noted that was somewhat of an anomaly - against what was a high quality
side - and that his team had generally fronted well on return from
South Africa, so they were just embracing the excitement that the
Of course, it'll be first things first anyway,
against what is a quite improved Stormers side this year, who beat the
Chiefs 34-26 in Cape Town in Round 7, in what was one of the
season's highest quality games.
"Maybe last year they were
surprised with the intensity of the game," Rennie said.
"And they hadn't
played a New Zealand side all year. This year they've played five, and
they were certainly far better prepared, a hell of a lot fitter, and
fronted big time against us. So we're pretty sure what we're going to
face, certainly they'll be physical and they'll back themselves."