Both the Chiefs and the Stormers are unbeaten in five matches heading into Saturday’s Super Rugby showdown at Newlands.
And while the Cape side has made some metres with regard to playing a more expansive game plan this year, Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has warned their hosts that they have not yet hit their straps this year.
The Daily Voice caught up with the Chiefs at the Cullinan Hotel yesterday and while their players were relaxing in the pool, the Stormers should know they will come out guns blazing on Saturday.
Rennie’s men humiliated the Capetonians 60-21 in last season’s quarterfinal at Newlands nogal.
The coach admits they caught the Stormers off guard in 2016 and hopes to do the same this weekend.
He explains: “We’ve worked really hard up to this point, and we’re looking to be a lot better.
“We weren’t as clinical as we might have been and that’s exciting from our point of view because it shows we’ve got a wee way to go.
“We showed a lot of character to win tight games… maybe we weren’t at our best but we found ways to storm home and score tries late.
“We’ve only conceded six tries in five games, and that [our defence] has been very pleasing but we reckon we can be better in that area too. No doubt the Stormers will ask some questions of our defence.”
Of their performance in their 28-12 win over the Bulls last weekend, Rennie adds: “I don’t think we played enough footy in the first half.
“They [the Bulls] played pretty well… they looked after the ball.
“The pleasing thing for us is that we got ourselves under as bit of pressure and played well in the second half.”
Of the current Stormers team, he adds: “They’ll be really confident, they played some good footy [to date].
“It’s always a big challenge to come to Cape Town and Newlands, we’re aware of the challenge ahead of us.
“It’s going to be a big step up on our performance over the last couple of weeks.”