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Chiefs big boys feel the pressure

Chiefs lock Kevin O’Neill admits his pack are looking for redemption when they face the Sharks after a week of bad press following their poor display against the Waratahs.

The Chiefs tight five were abysmal during their 7-11 defeat to the Tahs last week end and have come in for some serious stick from some of the New Zealand press and O’Neill admits the boys have been hurting.

“It has been a tough week,” said O’Neill. “We obviously know the fingers have been pointed fairly and squarely at us, and rightly so. We didn’t deliver at the weekend and it’s been a fairly long week waiting for this match to come round to get a chance to hopefully right a few wrongs.”

O’Neill might be angry, but he’s not upset about the jibes the side have had to endure this week and even described most the comments made in the press as “fair”.

“We understand the pressure we’re under as a tight five to deliver this week. It’s definitely a pride thing – we just want to give the backline some attacking ball. Obviously the pride’s been dented, but it’s something we’ve got to recover from and learn quickly for this weekend.

“I don’t think you can question the effort that went in Saturday night,” added O’Neill. “We just got our technique wrong individually, which didn’t help the collective. So it’s a matter of making sure we nail that this week, but we don’t want to overdo things so we come out tired. It’s a fine line.”

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