It’s not a real game until Dane Coles grabs someone by the collar and calls them a couple of names.
The Chiefs play host to Coles and company in Friday night’s top-of-the-table Super Rugby clash in Hamilton, w the barbs will fly thick and fast.
The accepted wisdom this week is that the Chiefs are well prepared for the game and the Hurricanes are not.
They’ve enjoyed a diet of decent, high-intensity games to start the season and the Hurricanes haven’t.
“It’s always quite personal against the Kiwi sides, because you obviously know a lot of the guys. They’re good mates,” said Coles.
“They’ve been taking a lot of confidence out of their scrum, especially last week when they gave the Blues a bit of a touch-up,” Coles said.
Coles praised the ability of the Chiefs’ lineout lifters to get jumpers up on the opposition’s ball and said the Hurricanes would need to be wary in that area.
The Hurricanes know they have to earn the right to play, having taken it for granted during the first 20 minutes of their 71-6 win over the Rebels last Saturday.