Super Rugby 2019: Blues forwards coach Tom Coventry prepares for former team

Tom Coventry's official title is Blues assistant coach, but he's gaining a reputation as Super Rugby's 'Mr Fix-It'.

Coventry helped turn the Chiefs into champions in 2012 and 2013, and now he's giving the Blues a tune-up.

The forwards coach came on board just five months ago, but is already helping the franchise shake off its flaky reputation

"A little bit of resolve of proving to the public that we're not going to be the easy-beats anymore," Coventry said.

A key issue in past years has been closing out games, which hasn't been a problem lately.

The Blues are currently on a four-game winning streak and sit third in the New Zealand conference.

That's because they're training differently - the aim is to reach match intensity twice a week, before they even get to kick-off

"We try to touch on those game loads on a Tuesday and Thursday," he said.

 The squad is working on the small things, and fine-tuning the attention to detail.

"Cleaning rucks, angles you go in, doing first-drop firsts, scrums, lineouts," Prop Ofa Tu'ungafasi said.

Coventry was part of Dave Rennie's set-up for four years ago, helping the Chiefs win their only two Super Rugby titles.

But this time is different from his stint in Hamilton.

"We were able to take a lot of players in with us, but this crew's pretty much been set from the time we arrived here."

Coventry will see how his new crew match up with the old, when the Blues take on the Chiefs in Hamilton on Saturday night.


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