Sam Cane hails 'competitive' Chiefs
March 3, 2013
Sam Can says the Chiefs strength is die to the competitive nature of their squad © Getty Images
Chiefs flanker Sam Cane believes there is plenty to work on after his side's comprehensive 45-3 win over the Cheetahs at Waikato Stadium on Saturday night.
The result was built on defence as much as it was on attack, and it was no surprise to see Cane, who plies his domestic trade with Bay of Plenty, featuring heavily.
Cane said his selection over fellow flanker Tanerau Latimer in the run-on side for the team's opening two fixtures was a result of consistency in training.
"It's an extremely competitive team," Cane said. "There's not much difference between the starting 15, the guys on the bench and even the guys that miss out. Training counts for a lot when you're getting in the start or the 22; it's a competitive team but it can only be good."
The Chiefs were rusty defensively in the first half, but still they kept the Cheetahs to three points.
"When we did have the ball we made silly mistakes then on defence we were giving away silly penalties that were putting us under the pump," Sam Cane said.
The Chiefs showed their hand in the final quarter of the match against the Cheetahs
Munster, No.8s, the imploding Australians, wonderful Glasgow and Lancaster's dilemma - it is Monday Maul time
As Ewen McKenzie exits stage left, the ARU remains under huge pressure, with CEO Bill Pulver feeling the brunt of Australian rugby's displeasure, Greg Growden writes
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the remarkable events in Brisbane and the first round of the European Rugby Champions Cup
Following Saturday's shock announcement, we look at the highs and the lows of Ewen McKenzie's brief stint as Wallabies coach.