In the most important year of his young professional rugby career, Anton Lienert-Brown concluded that 2019 was the most difficult season.
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Five years have passed since the 33-man All Blacks midfielder made his Super Rugby debut with the Chiefs when he was 18 on the wing against the Pretoria Bulls.
A series of five games without a win to open the season was followed by a three-game winning streak. But after losing key playmaker Damian McKenzie following a knee injury ending the season, the franchise based in Hamilton suffered a consecutive loss.
Sonny Bill Williams, Ryan Crotty, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Ma’a Nonu and Matt Proctor, two midfielders, will compete for a spot on the plane for Japan in 4 months. Super Rugby, making the Chief’s performances even more difficult for Lienert-Brown.
Lienert-Brown was frustrated with the Kiwis derby against the Highlanders in Dunedin this weekend. The Chiefs fell to the bottom of the New Zealand conference and are 2nd to none in the overall standings with just three wins and 17 points with 10 outings.
“This is definitely the most difficult time I’ve ever experienced personally,” said Lienert-Brown.
Lienert-Brown said, “Before this year, we were still in the running for first or second place on the table and are now trying to rank among the top eight. So it’s something new for me.”
A place in the top eight will not be easy either, with 10 teams separated by just four points between the Rebels, leaders of the Australian conference, and the 13th Brumbies.
Lienert-Brown is three points behind his opponent. He told Stuff that his team would need a great performance at the end of the season to qualify for the round of 16.
He said, “If we are honest, we have to win five of the next six games.”
But we all want to win. It’s a territory where you have to win, but we believe in this team that we can do it. We just have to get back on track and start playing again.
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