Chiefs prepared for international challenge

Date published: June 13 2016

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Chiefs captain Stephen Donald is relishing the opportunity to play Wales at Waikato Stadium on Tuesday.

Wales are coming off a 39-21 loss to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday but the Welsh will go in as favourites against the Waikato franchise. 

"It's a great opportunity for the other boys to stand up and we're just looking forward to it," Donald told NZ Newswire.

"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."

Former All Black fly-half Donald has come across Wales and head coach Warren Gatland in the past and will expect a Northern Hemisphere brand of rugby, with maybe a curve ball or two.

"We're expecting more of the same from what we saw at the weekend – big physical guys playing a direct brand of footy and a very fast line speed," Donald said.

"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.

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