Chiefs hope big names will be fit for semifinal

MARC HINTON
Last updated 14:45 20/07/2013
Ben Afeaki
INJURY HOPES: The Chiefs will miss Tim Nanai-Williams in their Super Rugby semifinal but are hoping two of their heavyweights will be fit.

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The Chiefs will miss the X-factor of Tim Nanai-Williams in next Saturday's Super Rugby semifinal, but are hoping two of their heavyweight forwards will shake off injuries to make the big game.

Brodie Retallick (ankle sprain) and Ben Afeaki (back) are the main worries for the defending champs, with Nanai Williams out of the picture with knee and groin problems.

Charlie Ngatai and Andrew Horrell are the likely midfield options for the Chiefs who could also consider a Gareth Anscombe return at fullback.

Coach Dave Rennie is calling for an attitude flip after another flat finish to the regular season.

"We haven't been clinical enough the last couple of weeks," he said.

"Anyone could win this from here. If anything last week has given us a little bit more edge, and there's a lot of excitement because we're in the position we wanted to be."

Asked what last year's experience had taught the Chiefs, assistant coach Wayne Smith said: "Don't change too much.

There's always a perception you've got to rest up and peak, but in my experience that never works. You've got to keep going, and keep doing your methodical consistent behaviour you do every week and don't back off."

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