‘Beaten up’ Chiefs ready to recharge

Date published: April 9 2016

Chiefs fly-half Aaron Cruden feels that the side's bye week in Super Rugby has come at the right time after edging out the Blues.

After their impressive dismantling of the Brumbies the week before, Friday's contest was more of a tussle as the Chiefs did enough to edge a cracking all-New Zealand derby.

"We're pretty beaten up to be fair," Cruden told Stuff.

"The Blues are a big physical side and there were certainly some big collisions there tonight.

"The bye's come at a good time for us. It was a fantastic crowd for us and a lot of great support. They can walk away reasonably happy that we were able to get the win for them, but we know we can be a lot better than that.

"We can take the bye week, get away for a few days and recharge mentally and physically. When we get back in together, we'll pick that game apart."

A sign of the effects of a long few weeks on the road was clear in the amount of missed tackles produced by the Chiefs, having travelled to South Africa, Argentina and Australia in their recent winning run.

Cruden admitted that the tackling wasn't up to standard, but also praised the Blues for how they pushed the Super Rugby leaders all the way.

"It was really tough," Cruden added.

"We knew the Blues were going to come down here and throw everything at us. They certainly didn't disappoint.

"They've got a lot of great individual athletes and when they eventually put it all together, they're going to be a pretty hard team to stop.

"At times during the game, they certainly held that momentum. It felt like we were defending for long periods.

"We're pretty disappointed with some of our individual tackling in the 80 minutes, but I guess to be able to grind out a gutsy win like that, we'll certainly take it."