CHIEFS – PRIMED AND READY FOR KNOCKOUT RUGBY

Behind every successful sports team is usually a very slick off-field coaching and management operation and that’s certainly the case with the Pacific Super rugby competition table-toppers the Chiefs.

MARTY VERCOE

Marty Vercoe is Chiefs team manager and his background both as a schoolboy coach and in management roles with Tasman, New Zealand under 20 and All Blacks 15 means he’s very much on task come the most important part of the season, knockout time.

Marty was justifiably proud of the Chiefs emphatic 43-19 win over the Western Force in Perth last weekend despite the fact coach Clayton McMillan had rested 11 first choice players.

The Chiefs host the Brad Thorn coached Reds in Hamilton in Saturday’s play-off match and they are unlikely to be complacent given the Reds beat them in round-robin play, their only loss of the season to date.

Coach McMillan will pick a full strength side to play the Reds and and it’s hard to see the visitors get close and they certainly won’t if they play as poorly as they did in the second half against Fiji Drua last week.

Marty said that getting the mental preparation right is crucial for these knockout games and that area started well with a good training run early this week.

QUARTER FINALS DRAW

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Chiefs team manager Marty Vercoe who heads to Japan with the All Blacks 15 for a two match tour next month.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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