Chiefs coach Rennie ‘rapt’ with late victory

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie says that their late 19-17 victory over the Brumbies was “massive” and that he is “rapt” with the result.

The Brumbies looked set to secure a third straight win over the Chiefs after beating the Hamilton side twice in 2014 with seconds left on the clock.

However the Chiefs won a penalty in the final seconds of the match which Aaron Cruden kicked to snatch victory for the Rennie’s side.

“We played with a lot of character but there was a fair bit of frustration out there,” Chiefs coach Dave Rennie told Stuff.

“We just didn’t build for long enough, we got penalised a lot at set piece and had trouble getting our game going, especially in the second half. “

“So to come back and win those tight games, it’s massive and I’m really rapt with the outcome.”

The Chiefs were on the back foot from the start of the match as star midfielder Sonny Bill Williams was lost before kick off to a calf injury and his All Blacks team-mate Sam Cane was also withdrawn due to an injury.

Rennie said that he expected both players to recover in time for next week.

“Sam had trained all week but he made a couple of tackles yesterday at the captain’s run and re aggravated the injury, so we didn’t want to risk him,” Rennie said.

“It was the same with Sonny, we just didn’t want to risk him. But we will expect them both to bounce back and be right next week”

Rennie said that they had wanted to start well against the Brumbies but instead a rash of penalties gave the Canberra side helping hand.

“I think the boys did a fairly good job defending their lineout,” Rennie said.

“They got a try from one drive but on a whole, because they were a real handful last week, I thought we did pretty well.”

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