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Rested Retallick eager to return to action

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 2/05/2017
Brodie Retallick of the Chiefs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Rugby Park on March 3, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand. © Phil Walter/Getty Images Brodie Retallick of the Chiefs during the round two Super Rugby match between the Chiefs and the Blues at Rugby Park on March 3, 2017 in Hamilton, New Zealand.

All Blacks lock Brodie Retallick is looking forward to getting back into the thick of Super Rugby for the Chiefs after being given a breather.

Retallick was rested from the 27-20 win over the Sunwolves in Hamilton last weekend following a heavy workload.

The 60-Test All Black has played the bulk of game time with Dominic Bird at lock, with Michael Allardice out with a knee injury.

Allardice is now fully fit, leaving Retallick grateful the forward pack has some fresh legs available against the Queensland Reds in New Plymouth on Saturday.

"It's great to see Michael back running around," he said.

"Obviously he will be pressing hard to get some game time and it's good to have competition for places as it brings out the best in the team."

The 25-year-old Retallick welcomed his break on a personal level, with the Chiefs facing a tough stretch of matches before the British and Irish Lions arrive next month.

"The body has been pretty good so far this season but I was getting a little bit tired so it was nice to mentally clock out for a few days" he said.

He was unconcerned about the Chiefs' recent dip in performance and is picking they'll turn the corner when it matters.

"We've won eight from nine matches and we're sitting pretty good in the conference, so it would certainly be a lot more depressing around here if we were losing," he said.

"There are little things we want to get right within our side and we know as a group we can do it."

Retallick sees comparisons with the Chiefs side that won the title four years ago.

"In 2013, we went through a run like this, so there is no need to panic."

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