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Patience the key to taming the Chiefs: McKenzie

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Jim Morton

Will Genia and Digby Ioane ... identified by the Chiefs as the two Reds most likely to break through their defence.

Will Genia and Digby Ioane ... identified by the Chiefs as the two Reds most likely to break through their defence. Photo: Getty Images

Coach Ewen McKenzie is preaching patience as his Queensland Reds simply must rediscover their attacking precision to end the Chiefs' nine-match Super Rugby winning streak when they clash at Suncorp Stadium tomorrow.

For the sake of their play-off hopes, Super Rugby's defending champions need to upset this year's front-runners in what promises to be an entertaining Sunday afternoon spectacle in front of a 35,000-plus crowd.

A loss is non-negotiable as it will leave Queensland 13 points behind the Brumbies on the Australian conference table with six rounds to play.

The Chiefs, with All Black pair Aaron Cruden and Sonny Bill Williams in career-best form, have overtaken the Reds as the competition's most clinical attacking unit.

While the Waikato-based outfit average 28 points a game and are the most effective at converting their opportunities in opposition territory, spluttering Queensland have scored only 18 tries in their 10 matches.

Their defence was back to its impregnable best in the 15-11 loss to the Crusaders, keeping the seven-time champions tryless in Christchurch, but the Reds know it's time for their ball-playing to click.

Keeping an unchanged backline for just the second time in an injury-riddled season will help in that endeavour but McKenzie said it was essential his players keep their heads to convert their chances near the line.

"We're probably a bit frustrated because we're one of the best team at getting up into the attacking quarter but we just haven't been able to capitalise on that," he said. "We've just pushed it a bit too much.

"We've taken the wrong options or haven't protected the ball enough.

"We just haven't been as patient as much as we were last year and some of that is due to youth, we're still one of the youngest teams in the competition, and it's all part of the learning curve."

Chiefs coach Dave Rennie has identified Wallabies stars Will Genia and Digby Ioane as the two men his side must target in defence, while not allowing the Reds any counter-attacking opportunities on turnover.

The same will apply for Queensland as Cruden, Williams, Richard Kahui and Lelia Masaga - who have a knack for scoring on first-phase possession - are even more lethal in open space.

Although Quade Cooper still remains sidelined, the Reds attack has been improving with playmakers Ben Lucas and Mike Harris now in their fourth match back, while Harris and centre partner Anthony Faingaa are justifiably confident of containing Williams and Kahui.

The pair kept Dan Carter and Robbie Fruean quiet in Christchurch after trumping Blues dangermen Ma'a Nonu and Rene Ranger the week before in Auckland.

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Rugby World Cup 2015

Round 1
Sat, 19 SepTimes shown AEST
ENG 0vs FJI 0 05:00Twic
TGA 0vs GEO 0 21:00Kholm
IRE 0vs CAN 0 23:30MilS
Sun, 20 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs JPN 0 01:45Brig
FRA 0vs ITA 0 05:00Twic
SAM 0vs USA 0 21:00Brig
WAL 0vs URU 0 23:30MilS
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NZL 0vs ARG 0 01:45Wemb
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SCO 0vs JPN 0 23:30Kholm
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AUS 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs ROM 0 05:00Olym
Fri, 25 SepTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs NAM 0 05:00Olym
Sat, 26 SepTimes shown AEST
ARG 0vs GEO 0 01:45Kholm
ITA 0vs CAN 0 23:30Ella
Sun, 27 SepTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SAM 0 01:45Villa
ENG 0vs WAL 0 05:00Twic
AUS 0vs URU 0 21:00Villa
SCO 0vs USA 0 23:30Ella
Mon, 28 SepTimes shown AEST
IRE 0vs ROM 0 01:45Wemb
Wed, 30 SepTimes shown AEST
TGA 0vs NAM 0 01:45Sand
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WAL 0vs FJI 0 01:45MilS
FRA 0vs CAN 0 05:00stadium:mk
Sat, 03 OctTimes shown AEST
NZL 0vs GEO 0 05:00MilS
SAM 0vs JPN 0 23:30stadium:mk
Sun, 04 OctTimes shown AEST
SAF 0vs SCO 0 01:45St James' Park
ENG 0vs AUS 0 06:00Twic
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ARG 0vs TGA 0 00:30KPS
IRE 0vs ITA 0 02:45Olym
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CAN 0vs ROM 0 02:45KPS
FJI 0vs URU 0 06:00stadium:mk
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SAF 0vs USA 0 02:45Olym
NAM 0vs GEO 0 06:00Sand
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NZL 0vs TGA 0 06:00St James' Park
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SAM 0vs SCO 0 00:30St James' Park
AUS 0vs WAL 0 02:45Twic
ENG 0vs URU 0 06:00Manch
ARG 0vs NAM 0 22:00KPS
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ITA 0vs ROM 0 00:30Sand
FRA 0vs IRE 0 02:45MilS
USA 0vs JPN 0 06:00Kholm
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WinB 0vs RUpA 0 02:00Twic
WinC 0vs RUpD 0 06:00MilS
WinD 0vs RUpC 0 23:00MilS
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
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France 0 0 0 0 0 0
New Zealand 0 0 0 0 0 0
Canada 0 0 0 0 0 0
Tonga 0 0 0 0 0 0
Japan 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0
Argentina 0 0 0 0 0 0
England 0 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scotland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Australia 0 0 0 0 0 0
USA 0 0 0 0 0 0
Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Rugby World Cup 2015
Overall standings
Team P W L D +/- Pts
Fiji 0 0 0 0 0 0
Samoa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Namibia 0 0 0 0 0 0
South Africa 0 0 0 0 0 0
Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0
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