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Chiefs in optimistic mood

Despite a dreadful start to the campaign Liam Messam believes the Chiefs have the ability to put the Western Force to the sword when the two sides meet this weekend.

“We were a lot more passionate [against the Sharks] than we have been in the last two weeks and we’re not far off,” said Messam. “Once we click, we’re going to be a very dangerous side.”

Hooker Aled de Malmanche brought some much needed vigour to the team for their game against the Sharks, and he too believes the Chiefs are heading in the right direction but just need to improve on their accuracy.

“We’ve got full confidence in our team and the players we’ve got, so we’ve just got to go out there and try to play our game,” de Malmanche said.

“We have improved a bit but losing is pretty frustrating. We have to keep positive, go out to play our game each week and aim to score tries, which is what we want to do.”

Meanwhile the only significant injury concern in the Chiefs’ camp is Sione Lauaki’s hamstring injury that prevented him taking the field in the second half against the Sharks.

The big man is a doubt for Friday’s clash, along with the injured Mils Muliaina and Richard Kahui.

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