Modern Super Rugby different, but threats remain
Monday, April 2, 2018 Lynn McConnell Getty Images
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There were so many cogs to team set-ups now, from staff, to players, to management, to replacement players, to relationships with New Zealand Rugby.
"It's got bigger, and it has changed. Derbies, playing each other twice never happened when I was there and that has put even more pressure on. [There's] Media pressure on coaches to perform, pressure on players," he said.
The players were under more pressure than 10 years ago.
It was a case of trusting the ability of players to cope.
That will be put to the test again this week when the Chiefs play the Blues for the second time this season, on this occasion at home in Hamilton on Saturday.
"They [the Blues] are always going to be dangerous and probably more dangerous. We've just got to make sure we get our structure right and how we play the game and be really aware defensively of their threats because they've got so many X factor players right through that group.
"We understand that and we need to make sure we are putting pressure on their delivery of their ball and make sure we make our tackles," he said.
Cooper wasn't reading too much into the Blues loss because he said if they turned up on the night they would beat most teams.
It wasn't yet certain that fullback Charlie Ngatai would make a start against the Blues after being reintroduced as a substitute on Friday. His influence had been massive when he came on, Cooper said, but he was still being managed and a decision would be made later in the week.
Because of the work load the starting props Aidan Ross and Angus Ta'avao had with the side Cooper said they were looking to try and manage their workloads in coming weeks.
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