Week Lions team in for Chiefs clash

Vaea Fifita of the All Blacks runs over to score a try

Vaea Fifita of the All Blacks runs over to score a try

Ireland hooker Rory Best will captain a British and Irish Lions team which features six uncapped players on the bench on Tuesday against the Hamilton-based Chiefs.

Lions boss Warren Gatland has vowed to protect the potential squad for Saturday's first All Blacks Test by keeping the brunt of that 23 out of the firing line against the Chiefs on Tuesday.

Coach Gatland revealed the Lions have already raised the issue with officials ahead of the first Test against the All Blacks at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Replacements: K Dacey (Wales), A Dell (Scotland), T Francis, C Hill, AW Jones, G Davies (all Wales), F Russell, T Seymour (both Scotland).

Gatland added that despite the performance of the side who thumped the Maori in Rotorua there were still some areas open for selection, including the composition of his back three with Wales utility Liam Williams named at fullback for the Chiefs game. The Ulsterman packs down with England props Joe Marler and Dan Cole while Courtney Lawes has completed his return to play protocols following a concussion against the Highlanders last Tuesday and will form a second-row partnership with Ireland's Iain Henderson.

"I can see some people's point on that, but we're here to win a Test series", Gatland said.

"We are five games into the tour and there is still a lot to play for", said Gatland.

Meanwhile, Gatland has insisted that captain Sam Warburton remains under pressure to force his way into the British and Irish Lions' first Test line-up.

In the aftermath of victory, Gatland said: "We've been written off but far from it splitting us as Steve Hansen has said, it has brought us close together as a group. That is normally a sign of a man that is a little bit anxious", Gatland said.

Kaino, meanwhile, has described the prospect of playing in a Test series against the Lions as "huge".

Part of their brilliance in attack that night was the ability of fly-half Beauden Barrett to bring his wide players into the game through the centre partnership of Sonny Bill Williams and Anton Lienert-Brown, the latter of who has the ability to offload nearly at will.

Donald became a New Zealand rugby folk hero in 2011 when, as the All Blacks' fourth-choice flyhalf, he took the field as a replacement in the World Cup final and kicked the winning penalty in the 8-7 win over France. Sometimes it was put through to the TMO who said it didn't have a material effect and told the ref to talk to the players about it.

With the touring side's spirits boosted by a commanding 32-10 win against the Maori All Blacks on Saturday, Gatland alleges the Lions are being deliberately targeted and wants Peyper and his assistants to keep an eye out for any sharp practice by the All Blacks on Saturday.

Chiefs: S Stevenson; T Pulu, T Nanai-Williams, J Faauli, S Alaimalo; S Donald, F Christie; S Fisi'ihoi, L Polwart, N Laulala, D Bird, M Allardice, M Brown, L Boshier, T Sanders. "It's an opportunity for Liam to go and impress there".

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