Beating the Chiefs in Hamilton will be vital in helping the British & Irish Lions build momentum into the Test series against the All Blacks, according to scrumhalf Greig Laidlaw.
The Lions have arrived in Hamilton full of confidence after an impressive 32-10 victory over the Maori All Blacks on Saturday in Rotorua.
The All Blacks and the first Test lies in wait this weekend in Auckland, but before that the Lions take on the Super Rugby outfit from Waikato.
And after agonising mid-week losses to the Blues and Highlanders already on this tour, Laidlaw and co are keen to do some damage on Tuesday.
“We have dropped a couple of games further back on the tour, and at this stage we want to try and gather momentum going forward for everybody,” he told the British and Irish Lions’ official website.
“And if we can get a win against quality opposition that will make everybody’s mood really good.
“Everybody wants to play in the Tests but every game on tour is important, every time you pull on the Lions jersey you want to win.
“The players given that honour on Tuesday will be going out to do just that.”
The Chiefs lifted the Super Rugby title in 2012 and 2013 and have not missed the play-offs since then under Dave Rennie.
Their attacking style has won many admirers and Laidlaw knows he and his teammates will need to be at their very best against a side that beat Wales in a mid-week fixture last summer.
“The New Zealand Super Rugby teams and teams in general are very much attack-focused, we have face that that since we arrived,” he added.
“But if we stick to what we do well we can win games against quality opposition.
“We have been moving forward every game and it was a big step forward against what was a quality Maori side with probably some of the best attackers in world rugby in their back line.
“And they were nullified by our line speed and our defence.
“We are disappointed with the games we have dropped, especially the Highlanders game. We were in a good position to win that game, but we are always learning.”