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Chiefs need more calculated approach - Cooper

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018    Getty Images

The win over the Blues, before last week's bye, had been a 'very proud moment physically' and for the way they played, Cooper said.

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"We brought every thing but we didn't play smart. There were times there when we could really have put the foot on the throat with the Blues but we kept them in the hunt and in the end we were lucky to win that," he said.

At the same time Cooper acknowledged that you couldn't win games just on heart so Friday's game would be about having clarity on what they were trying to do.

The young inside backs combination they had were responsible for that and it was a case of working with them to get a more calculated approach from the
Chiefs.

And in their first home game, they needed to back up their effort against the Blues and not take a step back.

The Bulls face a similar scenario in looking for a win on their tour.

Wing Travis Ismaiel said coach John Mitchell had provided a winning blueprint for the Bulls but they had failed to follow the script.

Having worked on lineout issues and improving against the Reds they lacked patience on attack and failed to take opportunities presented in other areas of the game.



"We didn't stick to our processes and made a few silly errors and went off play," he told the Pretoria News.

"Hopefully, this week we can stick to the plan and continue with what we've done this season," he said.

Meanwhile, teammate and lock Lood de Jager told supersport.com that he wasn't surprised the Bulls had been written off.

"People always write you off coming to New Zealand because their franchise rugby is so strong, as is their national side.

"Coming here you are always the underdog, but that gives us a bit more freedom to play. We have nothing to lose, we have our backs against the wall a bit and [we have to] try and get a win on Friday," he said.

Much work has gone into the side's set-piece development after frustrations over the last two seasons.

"You can't compete in any competition if your set-piece doesn't compete, our lineouts, scrums and mauls. Maybe a week ago our mauls cost us against the Lions and this last week our scrums weren't good and we conceded a couple of penalties there. We will definitely go into the next game looking to rectify that," he said.