The Chiefs’ sorry losing run would have to stretch into next year before it could be labelled the worst-ever by a New Zealand Super Rugby side.
After falling to a heartbreaking 21-17 loss to the Blues at Eden Park on Sunday, the Chiefs made unwanted history for the franchise as it was their seventh successive loss, eclipsing their two six-game slides spread across the 1998-99, and 2008-09 seasons.
Having lost to the Hurricanes in their last game before the Covid-19 lockdown, the Chiefs have now gone a stunning 0-6 in Super Rugby Aotearoa, despite being so close on several occasions and attaining five bonus points, with an average losing margin in the competition of just 5.17.
While it can’t completely be an ‘apples with apples’ comparison with previous seasons or sides due to the unique nature of this all-Kiwi, and in turn tougher, course of fixtures against ‘harder’ teams, a ‘W’ or ‘L’ will still tell the ultimate tale in the history books.
For new coach Warren Gatland, it’s certainly been a baptism of fire, in his foray into Super Rugby head coaching, following his extensive and very successful stint at the helm of Wales.