- Dec 3, 2012
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The disappointing thing for me was he was this legendary figure expected to achieve a lot and had a pretty good team to do it with, and he promised not to stop the chiefs from playing chiefs rugby, yet he failed badly and the chiefs just weren’t the chiefs anymore. I had hoped for more. The worst part was Anton lienert brown became this crash and bash player all of a sudden and he honestly has still to fully recover. I had previously defended gatland against the people in this forum who claimed he made his teams play boring warrenball. My argument was twofold, 1 he was winning, 2 the warrenball style was simply what he could make work with the resources he had available at wales and there was no reason to suspect he couldn’t be the coach if a more exciting team if he had the right players. Turns out I was wrong. So far at least.NZ aside, his recent record against SA and Oz isn’t to bad at all. I think against SA it was something like 6 wins out of last 7 meetings going back to around 2014. Australia less so but Gatland won his last 2 encounters with them so again, not bad.
I watched the majority of this Chief games and while it was no doubt a pretty bad run, honestly, the majority of those games the chiefs were very unlucky. Lots of 1-3 point games that hinged on 1 or 2 key moments. Considering it was his first club job in over 10 years it’s not all that surprising really. Losing is losing though.