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Chiefs will throw kitchen sink at Wales

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 13/06/2016

The Chiefs are bracing for a Welsh backlash when the two sides clash at Waikato Stadium on Tuesday night.

Wales have made 15 changes to the side that lost 39-21 to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday while the Chiefs are missing 20 players either through injury or international duties.

Despite the odds being stacked against the team, captain Stephen Donald is promising to throw the kitchen sink at the Red Dragons.

"It's a great opportunity for the other boys to stand up and we are just looking forward to it. Wales are going to be a step up in intensity as they're one of the best teams in the world.

"They're different from the team that played the All Blacks but it's still going to be a really good side.

"A lot of our boys haven't come up against the northern hemisphere style before and we know they are going to be coming for us up front so we have just got to be ready for it," he said.

Donald, who played three seasons under Warren Gatland at Waikato between 2005-2007, also has a good idea of what to expect from the Welsh coach.

"We're expecting more of the same from what we saw at the weekend. Big physical guys playing a direct brand of footie and a very fast line speed.

"Gatty will have a few trick plays up his sleeve but they will be pretty consistent with what they do and they are very good at it so we have just got to counter it."

The 23-Test All Black and surprise hero of the 2011 World Cup, who will be starting his first game of Super Rugby in five years, is still coming to grips with the call up.

"It doesn't get any bigger than this as far as being a Chiefs boy and playing a fully fledged international team - pretty exciting really".

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