Chiefs Anticipated Crusaders Clash
Chiefs coach Dave Rennie had a feeling his team would face the Crusaders in their semi-final at Waikato Stadium on Friday.
"We thought the Reds might battle against the Sharks, although we hoped they might win because that would have put the Crusaders over in Africa against the Stormers, and they had a good chance of winning that,” said Rennie.
"That would have given us a home final if we could look after the Reds, but either way the Sharks are playing good footy and they could easily knock off the Stormers [and set up a Hamilton final].
"But either way we've just got to worry about this weekend and our own game. We can't control the other things."
Rennie added that the result of the previous meeting against the Crusaders, which the men from Christchurch won 28-21 in Hamilton, will have no bearing on Friday’s match.
"Of course we only played the Crusaders a couple of weeks ago so it's just about reaffirming things that we wanted to put into that game that we didn't manage to do."
Rennie concluded that his team’s belief would rival the seven-time champions’ unprecedented finals experience. "You only get experience by doing and our boys have got belief. We've beaten them in the past and the only way to get that belief is to go out and do it.
"We know we're good enough if we get things right. They're in good form and will have a lot of confidence going into this game as well, so it's going to be all about who gets it right in that 80 minutes," Rennie said.