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Must Win For Chiefs: Cooper

The Gallagher Chiefs must beat Highlanders in their Su­per Rugby clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday if they are to go to the playoffs. The Chiefs effectively have
26 Jun 2018 11:00
Must Win For Chiefs: Cooper
Gallagher Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper . Photo: Rugby Heaven

The Gallagher Chiefs must beat Highlanders in their Su­per Rugby clash at the ANZ Stadium, Suva on Saturday if they are to go to the playoffs.

The Chiefs effectively have to win their remaining three games and have other results go their way if they are to keep alive their hopes of a quarterfinal berth.

Chiefs coach Colin Cooper said it’s not an impossible task.

We’re very confident,” he told Rugby Heaven.

“We believe we’re going to be there on August 4th. And the whole focus is week-by-week to make sure we’re there.”

The Chiefs players had 11 days of rest, with Cooper getting his troops to switch off a bit psychologically.

“We didn’t want to have a physical break, it was more a mental break, so it was an opportunity to get bet­ter physically. And the boys came in really, really excited, and (I was) very pleased with some of the PBs that were going on when they came back.”

The Chiefs played a friendly against the Hurricanes in Haw­era last Thursday, losing 43-38 af­ter leading 31-14 at halftime. This was a match where Cooper used a starting-type line-up in the first 40 and an inexperienced crew in the second stanza.

The Chiefs travel to Suva tomor­row morning, where they will this time be the ‘away’ team, having taken home matches against the Crusaders there the past two years.

Not that Cooper believes that will make too much difference to who the locals choose to support.

“Having been to Fiji a number of times, they love rugby. I’m sure both teams will put a spectacle on. We’ll just try and inspire and influ­ence them to play rugby,” he added.

Feedback: leonec@fijisun.com.fj



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