Chiefs prop Ben Tameifuna admits the double champions are not quite firing on all cylinders so far in this year's Super Rugby tournament.
The Chiefs are top of the New Zealand Conference but have only won four of their opening seven matches, drawing twice.
Looking to become the first side to complete a hat-trick of Super Rugby titles since the Crusaders back in 1998-2000, Tameifuna is looking forward to facing the seven-time champions in Waikato this weekend.
The Crusaders picked up two wins from two in South Africa against the Lions and Cheetahs, with last weekend's 52-31 win the highlight of their season so far.
Tameifuna knows though that the hours of travelling the Crusaders will have undergone over the last week can affect a winning side.
"They do have the long flight back home from South Africa and then they have to get on the plane again to fly up here," said Tameifuna.
"On the day [after a trip like that] you have to put your best foot forward and get in and get the body right."
As for the Chiefs, Tameifuna senses that their best form isn't far away and is looking long-term when it comes down to the side hitting their peak.
"We're waiting for the moment when we all click. It's close and we will click in the next two or three weeks."
"You don't want to peak too early."