With rain being predicted at Newlands on Saturday, the Chiefs’ plans against the Stormers in their Super Rugby quarterfinal clash might have to change a little.
Known for their expansive running game and a great counterattack with the likes of Aaron Cruden running the show at flyhalf and Damian McKenzie at fullback, the wet ball might suit the Stormers, who have a very strong pack of forwards, a little more.
With their big pack, the Cape side has also tried to open up their game a bit this year, but still has the “traditional strengths” of the South African setpiece and kicking game in their back pocket.
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie isn’t too concerned, though, and says: “We haven’t played in too much rain this year, we did against the Crusaders a couple of weeks ago.
“We did a pretty good job dealing with that [winning 23-13].
“I think both sides would want a dry ball – there will be a massive crowd and it will be a helluva occasion.”
Of the forwards battle, pivot Cruden says: “I know our forward pack is aware of the threat that the Stormers are going to pose.
“But often the bigger the challenge for our boys, the more they were able to step up.
“Hopefully our forward pack can get us some good go-forward ball, do the graft up front – it is crucial to win those battles before you are able to move the ball wide.”