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Players have the chance to impress against the Chiefs, says Gatland

Players have the chance to impress against the Chiefs, says Gatland

Sean O'Brien and Peter O'Mahony boast the qualities to rattle the All Blacks for the British and Irish Lions, according to James Haskell.

"We have other people who could do a job but to have "Reado" back would be a real boost for us".

Ireland skipper Rory Best captains a Lions team looking to make it four wins from six tour matches.

But says he's well aware of the way the Lions defence strangled the attacking flair out of the Maori All Blacks in their 32-10 victory in Rotorua on Saturday. To be honest, it'd be the easiest team to captain because there are so many leaders out there.

"What the guys who have captained the side so far have realised is they don't have to be vocal all the time, because there's always people that's helping them out and I think the balance has been great so far".

Told that players looked as if they had their "game faces" on today, Foster responded: "I'd like to think they've had their game faces on for a week and a bit".

"We have a chance to build momentum into the weekend and we have a chance to get excited about playing for the Lions against a top side".

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"You look at the XV that are starting and realise that we've been together and played together, buy and large, for a couple of games now", he said. "He does the things that need to be done but aren't necessarily spectacular".

"It makes it hard to complete attacking opportunities and situations because there is so much happening off the ball in terms of holding players".

Gatland's Test team have emerged as a possible gritty, robust unit - and Farrell believes the tourists can transfer that resolve into facing the All Blacks. Leigh Halfpenny, meanwhile, is continuing to go through the required return-to-play protocols after taking a bang to the head against the Maori but Farrell insists the Wales full-back remains on course to face the All Blacks.

Fly-half Owen Farrell is now expected to be fit after a thigh concern too, leaving the Lions approaching full strength for the Test series opener.

"We're pretty satisfied", Foster said today. "And Owen seems to be all good, that seems to have settled down".

The Lions play Super rugby side Waikato Chiefs in Hamilton on Tuesday in their final warmup before the first test against the All Blacks in Auckland on Saturday.


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