Smith demands more from Chiefs
August 5, 2012
Wayne Smith celebrates alongside Aaron Cruden and Tanerau Latimer © Getty Images
Chiefs coach Wayne Smith has sounded a note of caution following their thumping Super Rugby final victory over the Sharks on Saturday.
The former All Blacks assistant wants to see improvement across the board at the Waikato-based franchise and believes that any talk of a Chiefs "dynasty" is premature.
Japan-bound centre Sonny Bill Williams, Tim Nanai-Williams, Kane Thompson and Lelia Masaga crossed to seal a maiden title for the Chiefs in Hamilton, with Smith now turning his attention to the future.
"The team has played bloody well and with real spirit and character, but there is a lot of water to go under this bridge yet," Smith told Sunday News.
"As soon as you start thinking of dynasties and things like that, that's when you topple over. Just look at the Reds, they were talking about that last year and they tipped over this year.
"I'd like to see us have an attitude of just trying to get better all of the time and really working working hard at it, not resting on our laurels, but looking at every single nook and cranny that we can improve.
"Whether that's in the marketing, the promotions, the way we connect with the community, on the training field or with our analysis, whatever, we've got to really push forward and make sure we're improving in every single area."
Meanwhile, Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna has been cited in the wake of their victory, for a dangerous tackle on Sharks No.8 Ryan Kankowski.
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