Due to a quirk of geography my team is the Chiefs. Even though the Chiefs home stadium is in Hamilton city which is 90 minutes away, Rory and I try to get to at least a couple of games every season.
They tend to build into a great team throughout the competition each year but towards the business end of the competition the wheels can fall off. The team then struggles along to the end where they only very occasionally make the playoffs.
This year though we’re seeing a rejuvenated and highly motivated team who are real competition contenders. We’re 10 rounds through the competition already and after this morning’s win over the Cheetahs in Kimberley, South Africa, the Chiefs are on the top of the points table. Yes, you read that right – the TOP of the table.
There’s 4 more rounds to go before the playoffs; 2 more games in South Africa (Bulls and Stormers) and then 2 final home games against our own Wellington Hurricanes and the ACT Brumbies from Australia. From these 4 teams, only the Bulls from Pretoria are in any kind of reasonable form.
There’ll be lots of fingers and toes crossed in this household. Go the Mighty Chiefs!