@mariner4life said in Chiefs v Sunwolves:
so 14 from 23, from someone who actually watches the NPC as well. That's hardly a ringing endorsement.
I could get maybe 13. Maybe. With help.
Compare that to some of the Blues 23s this year, and then look at the table.
I've been pondering on this for quite a while. I think this has a lot to do with mindset/culture/the mental side of things.
The Blues have several quality players, but as long as they still play more as a group of individuals than as a team, I don't think they will get much higher on the table. It has improved since last year, but with some new ego's having been introduced this season, they're definitely not there yet IMO. I'm still waiting to be impressed by the coach, too. His selections sometimes seem quite haphazard, and reading the comments on the Fern, a lot of Blues supporters seem to have that impression as well.
The Chiefs play better as a team and that lifts all players, including relatively unknown/inexperienced/young ones. You see the same thing at the Crusaders with all their puppies/newbies.
The Canes have the big advantage of having the names and the team spirit (playing with and for each other and the team). They are a relatively settled team compared to the others, and it shows.
The Highlanders, I think, are a bit in the same position as the Chiefs/Crusaders, but - maybe because of the excessively long injury list at the beginning of the season, and - as I see it - coaching flaws that are difficult to grasp - they're not as good as last year.
The season is far from over (we're at 2/3rd after this weekend) and anything is still possible. I can see the Blues climbing a spot (or a few spots) on the table.
Anyway, the Chiefs line-up for this game has more than enough quality to smash the Sunwolves. Try fest?