In-form Chiefs full-back Tom Marshall has paid tribute to his forward pack folowing their Super Rugby victory over Western Force last Friday.
Marshall was pleased with the 35-27 bonus-point win but pointed out there is room to improve after letting the Force back into the match at Waikato Stadium.
"I guess the result was what we were after – five [competition] points, which is pretty pleasing," the full-back told the Chiefs' website.
"But probably the way we went about it wasn't so great. We got put under a little bit of pressure in that second half just not being clinical enough, so I'm sure we'll get a bit out of that game in the review and hopefully improve moving forward."
Brodie Retallick and Hika Elliot stood out for the Chiefs up front and Marshall was quick to praise the pack after the victory.
"The forwards are always great up front. When you got a good, dominant set piece like our scrum was tonight, it helps with our backs strike so that's pretty pleasing," he added.
Next up for the Chiefs is a visit to Melbourne where they face a tough Rebels outfit, with Marshall expecting a tough game.
"I guess the Rebels are a similar beast to the Force, they're one of those teams that just hang in there for the whole 80 minutes," he said.
"So if we don't bring our 'A' game, it's a tougher place to go over there and play at AAMI Park. We are going to have to make sure we have a good week of training and we go there with the right attitude."