Super Rugby 2020: Aaron Cruden embracing Chiefs leadership role

Forced to come from 14 points down in their Super Rugby opener against the Blues last week, the Chiefs are determined to hit the ground running this weekend.

On Saturday, they host the Crusaders and are well aware that the defending champions will make them pay, if they deliver another slow start. 

And returning Chiefs favourite Aaaron Cruden is taking it upon himself to ensure they don't.

Super Rugby 2020: Aaron Cruden embracing Chiefs leadership role
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Fresh back from France, Cruden is embracing leadership at the Chiefs and as an old head in a young back-line, his key is keeping things simple.

"Understanding what your next task is," Cruden told Newshub. "Not thinking too far ahead, not thinking, 'damn, we're 14 points down, we need a quick score'. 

"All it is is, 'what's my next job?'."

Cruden showed that composure against the Blues, where the 50-test All Black was influential in helping the Chiefs turn around a 14-point halftime deficit.

"Sometimes you get so focused on the outcome… that's when other pressures start to creep into your game.

"So, just understanding it's moment by moment and then trying to execute as accurately as you can, and hopefully things start to fall into place."

The Crusaders took note and hope they can minimise his impact in Hamilton.

"He's composed, he's experienced," said Crusaders' back Braydon Ennor. "He knows how to get into teams."

The Chiefs know they need to get into the game sooner than they did last weekend, as the three-time defending champions won't be as forgiving as the Blues.

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