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Cooper: We’ll Fight Again

The Chiefs are coming for a win in this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva. With a home quarterfinal now ruled out, the Chiefs
25 Jun 2018 10:49
Cooper: We’ll Fight Again
Chiefs co-captain and All Blacks openside flanker Sam Cane is set to make his return in their crucial Super Rugby match against the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. Photo: Waikato Chiefs

The Chiefs are coming for a win in this Saturday’s Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva.

With a home quarterfinal now ruled out, the Chiefs have a mountain to climb as they hope to get to the quarterfinals with a chance of securing a home semifinal.

Apart from the All Blacks squad, the rest of the Chiefs were sent on a break during the June Test series. They were to recuperate and be ready for the crucial clash in Suva against the Highlanders.

All Blacks and Chiefs No.10 Damian McKenzie will be here for the Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. Photo: Waikato Chiefs

All Blacks and Chiefs No.10 Damian McKenzie will be here for the Super Rugby clash against the Highlanders at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday. Photo: Waikato Chiefs

“There’s always a chance,” Chiefs coach Colin Cooper told Stuff.

‘There’s always that opportunity. I think it’s just about us getting our game, putting it together.

“There was some good stuff out there, and there was some stuff we need to work on. And we’ll get together and talk about that, and we’ll fight again.”

The Chiefs have so far fought gallantly in the face of an extended injury list, and will hope to get a few troops back in their run-in to the playoffs, as they ponder how they can lift their game to still remain a force.

This saw Cooper fielding former Fijian basketball star Jim Gus Sowakula who starred as a blindside flanker. Sowakula is likely to be part of the Chiefs squad to Suva and an opportunity for Fijian fans to watch him in action. Cooper who gave his players 10 days off said they are always confident.

Former Fijian basketball star and Taranaki loose forwards Jim Gus Sowakula. He made his Super Rugby debut with the Chiefs this year and is likely to be in Suva for Saturday’s clash. Photo: Stuff

Former Fijian basketball star and Taranaki loose forwards Jim Gus Sowakula. He made his Super Rugby debut with the Chiefs this year and is likely to be in Suva for Saturday’s clash. Photo: Stuff

“There’s an opportunity to keep working hard but just refresh,” he added.

The Chiefs will reunite today before they leave for Suva on Wednesday.

Edited by Anasilini Ratuva

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