Chiefs, Highlanders coaches discuss their teams for the weeks

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Thursday, 2 May 2019, 6:41PM

It is a coach-laden Thursday on D'Arcy and Goran tonight.

Coach Aaron Mauger believes the Highlanders defence is getting back on track.

After conceding an average of 30 points in their first seven games; the Southern franchise has allowed just 12 points in the last two weeks.

Mauger acknowledges there's been a big improvement in that area.

"There's holes in our defensive line at the moment, and the guys are working harder. The focus for us at the moment is building on the last couple of weeks and getting better at those areas we've been tweaking."

Ben Smith returns at fullback for Saturday's match against the Chiefs

That sees Matt Faddes move to the right wing with Sio Tomkinson dropping to the reserves.

Meanwhile, Chiefs coach Colin Cooper has resisted making wholesale changes for his side's match against the Highlanders on Saturday night.

Nepo Laulala, Brad Weber and Sean Wainui all return from injury in the only changes to the starting side.

Angus Ta'avao and Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi drop to the bench.

Both coaches joined the show to discuss this week's matches.



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