Chiefs handled heat better – Rennie

Date published: March 16 2015

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie feels his side coped better with the energy-sapping conditions in Saturday's win over the Stormers at sunny Newlands.

Once the Chiefs turned on the heat, the Stormers found themselves out in the cold and their impressive four-match winning streak came to an end with a 28-19 defeat in front of their home fans.

"The Stormers looked like they were tiring towards the end of the match," said Rennie.

"We're a very fit side and it looked like we were coping well.

"We controlled the ball more and it's difficult when you're made to chase (the ball)."

The Chiefs run-on XV showed five changes to their side last weekend and the intention was to play with spark and pace. The ploy worked like a charm as the Stormers looked jaded in the later stages of the match.

"We tried to move them around a bit and it worked," added Rennie.

"It was ironic that last week we dominated the scrums and we lost; this time our scrums were not good and we end up winning. The scrum is one area that we need to improve on."