Lions tour: Lions and their colourful followers roll into the 'Tron'

Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie and his captain Stephen Donald.
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Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie and his captain Stephen Donald.

The Blues did it, the Highlanders did it, now the Chiefs get their chance to beat the touring British and Irish Lions.

While the Lions have crushed the Super Rugby-leading Crusaders and the New Zealand Maori in consecutive weekends, their midweek team has twice lost in the final minutes.

First up they fell to the Blues, when Sonny Bill Williams thought up an enthralling move that sealed a 22-16 win. In Dunedin last week, the Highlanders came charging back to win 23-22, a Marty Banks penalty sealing the deal.

Lions captain for the Chiefs game, Rory Best.
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Lions captain for the Chiefs game, Rory Best.

With the first test on Saturday, on Tuesday it falls to the Chiefs make it three-from-three midweek for New Zealand Super Rugby clubs.

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An intriguing match awaits, with Waikato stalwart Warren Gatland coaching the Lions against a side captained by Stephen Donald, the folk hero No 10 he once coached at Waikato.

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Gatland, who played 140 times for the Mooloo men, has warned his men not to fall for "Beaver's" bag of tricks, among them a dummy pass that has sucked in many a player.

Mind you he last year warned Wales about the same thing, and it fell on deaf ears, as Donald set up an early try.

His trickery set in motion a stunning 40-7 victory for the Chiefs.

Lions fans will bring colour to FMG Stadium in Hamilton.
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Lions fans will bring colour to FMG Stadium in Hamilton.

While the action on the pitch promise to be engrossing, with Irish No 12 Robbie Henshaw vowing his side is out to score tries just as the Chiefs do, off the field action should be part of the FMG Stadium experience.

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On Saturday at Rotorua Stadium the Lions fans hit full Britain's Got Talent mode as their side crushed the Maori forwards and hoisted high kicks for the Maori backs to try to defuse.

As the game slipped away from the Maori, Swing Low Sweet Chariot rang out.

Lions fans know no shame in their support. Look at those hats.
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Lions fans know no shame in their support. Look at those hats.

More Lions fans have rumbled into town in their campervans since, so if you like singing you could be in for a treat.

A Chiefs win would mean two special rugby days on end for the region, after a statue of the legendary Sir Colin Meads was unveiled in Te Kuiti.

A sign at the edge of town said "Sir Colin Meads is in Town … Now!" If anything it recalled the process of flying the Royal Standard over Buckingham Palace when the Queen is in residence.

Crowds packed the main street, climbing on the rooves of shops for a quality viewing experience, over the masses and the television cameras to where a gaggle of famous All Blacks sat to pay tribute to the man known as Pinetree.

For $30 you could but a black Colin Earl Meads T-shirt, adorned with a "the game above the prize" slogan, and a Webb cartoon of the man himself.

A frail Sir Colin apologised to the packed main street of the town he loves.

"I'm sorry I'm not as fit as I used to be." But he got through, did his duty and headed off for a beer. "I'll try to have a few."

If the Chiefs can call on half his spirit when they run out against the Lions, they'll be in fine shape.

Hamilton has turned on a fine day for the match, with dry ground likely to favour the homeside.

 

 - Stuff

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