Cruden wants attacking Chiefs
Chiefs fly-half Aaron Cruden has called on his team-mates to show the attacking flair they have become well known for in Saturday’s Super Rugby final.
It was the Chiefs defence that was the backbone of their 20-19 semi-final victory over the Crusaders, with the men from Waikato making 137 tackles. Cruden was at the forefront of the effort, putting in a big hit on opposite number Dan Carter and dragging down Ryan Crotty in a try-saving effort.
But it’s not just on defence that the Chiefs are dominant, with Dave Rennie’s men notching up the most tries (50) during the regular Super Rugby season, a number that Cruden doesn’t appear to be that impressed with, with the pivot calling for more.
"We haven't quite hit our straps this season and we probably didn't again (against the Crusaders)," he said.
"We made mistakes so we needed our defence. The Crusaders really stretched us at times but that desperation to get back was shown out there."
Cruden reveals that it’s assistant coach Wayne Smith that has been largely responsible for ensuring that the Chiefs adopt a never-say-die approach on defence.
"He really instils that mana, that hunger in all the boys to keep getting up and keep making those tackles,” he said.