Lions tour: Chiefs v Lions - five things to watch out for in Hamilton on Tuesday night

Stephen Donald's trademark show-and-go manoeuvre will be something to keep an eye on when the Chiefs take on the Lions.
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Stephen Donald's trademark show-and-go manoeuvre will be something to keep an eye on when the Chiefs take on the Lions.

THE BEAVER'S SHOW-AND-GO
Everyone always knows it's coming, but everyone always falls for it. Just ask the Welsh last year.

It's Stephen Donald's trademark move - dummy, then tuck the pill under the wing and gas it.

It's worked wonders over all these years, and the 33-year-old is still pulling it off. The Lions have been warned by coach Warren Gatland to look out for the Beaver's favourite ploy, as he takes the skipper's duties like against Wales and and looks to turn it on again.

Lions coach Warren Gatland will be hoping for a happier homecoming in Hamilton than was the case last year when his ...
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Lions coach Warren Gatland will be hoping for a happier homecoming in Hamilton than was the case last year when his Wales team was demolished.

A ROUSING PRE-MATCH HAKA
After the Blues and Crusaders pulled out hakas for the first time, the Chiefs will be the third and last Super Rugby side to lay down a challenge of that nature, though unlike the aforementioned teams, the franchise have history of bringing it out - having performed it in celebration after winning their 2012 and 2013 Super Rugby titles and then pre-match against Wales last year.

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A HAPPIER HOMECOMING FOR GATS
​This time last year Warren Gatland left his hometown with his tail between his legs after the Chiefs spanked his touring Welsh side 40-7 in between their series against the All Blacks.

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Fast forward a year and Gatland returns to the place he knows so well. It's a tricky balancing act for him ahead of the first test on Saturday at Eden Park, but he'll be looking for his second stringers to put out a performance that can continue the camp's momentum from last weekend and which can prove to the coaches there are players ready to jump into test duty.

AN EXUBERANT CHIEFS SIDE
There are six All Blacks missing from this Chiefs team, along with four players who turned out for the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua last Saturday.

All up, there are just 85 starts in Super Rugby 2017 among the 23 players named. It means plenty of the backup cast are getting a chance to show what they're made of in a once-in-a-lifetime occasion.

Two players are set for debuts off the bench in utility backs Luteru Laulala - brother of prop Nepo and who isn't in the Chiefs' official Super Rugby squad - and Chase Tiatia, who's in his second season with the team but has been struck hard by injury.

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A ROLLING MAUL OR THREE
And probably not from the Chiefs. Like the Beaver's show-and-go, the home side will know this is coming, but it will be about whether they can do anything to stop it.

The Lions' top side put it to great use against the New Zealand Maori in Rotorua and their forwards began to stamp their mark all over that contest.

The Chiefs know they have to be disciplined - something they haven't been good at in Super Rugby - to limit the tourists' ability to kick for line and set their big boys in motion.

 - Stuff

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