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Chiefs midfield backline ace Alex Nankivell said his team was certainly not panicking after last week’s shock 22-25 loss to the Brad Thorn-coached Queensland Reds.

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That result ended the Chiefs unbeaten run this year but as their coach Clayton McMillan said afterwards, better to get the wakeup call now than at the knockout stage.

After several weeks on the sideline with concussion, Alex said he’s just pleased to be back playing and after a typically energetic cameo versus the Reds off the bench he’s been named in the starting lineup for Saturday’s much anticipated clash against the dangerous Hurricanes in Hamilton.

Alex also talks of the sadness following his former Tasman Mako team-mate Billy Guyton’s death at the age of just 33 and also we chat about another loss during a sad week for New Zealand rugby with the passing of one of our great All Blacks, centre Bruce Robertson.

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Alex gives us an insight into what All Black loose-forward Sam Cane brings to the teams he plays in and it is considerable. After a below par season last year due to compounding injuries, the possible All Blacks World Cup skipper is right back to his brutal best this season and was certainly missed against the Reds.

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Alex had only praise for the Queensland Reds, their ability to take limited opportunities and their incredible defence which fought back 28 phases near their goal line to finish the match.

Interview & Story by John Alexander | Supporting Images sourced by Absolutely Famous.

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