ALEX NANKIVELL’S RETURN BOOSTS FRONT – RUNNING CHIEFS

The return of Alex Nankivell and his All Blacks midfield partner Anton Lienert-Brown is more good news for Chiefs Super rugby fans following on from their epic 34-24 win over the Crusaders in Hamilton last Saturday.

Anton Lienert-Brown back to strengthen Chiefs backline even further.

Although off-set by lock Brodie Retallick’s unavailability due to a groin injury, there is no doubt about the depth of the Clayton McMillan-coached team which survived a typically searching examination from the champion Crusaders outfit.

On the back of a superb defence and the ability to strike with their considerable weaponry when opportunities presented themselves plus a little luck in front of a sold out 23,000 crowd in Hamilton, the Chiefs showed they are most definitely the team to beat. 

The outstanding contest also gave a glimpse of how good this competition could be if a lot of issues were sorted out. Don’t hold your breath there.

Alex Nankivell looking to hit the ground running after five weeks on the sideline.

Nankivell was in great form, challenging for an All Blacks spot until he suffered a concussion which left him sidelined for several weeks as symptoms persisted. However he’s fit a raring to go for this weekend’s clash with the Highlanders in Dunedin on Friday and admitted being out for those five weeks was extremely frustrating.

He’ll start on the bench with Lienert-Brown starting alongside the very impressive Daniel Rona, Lienert-Brown back in time to stake is his All Blacks claim after suffering a high ankle strain in the opening round of the Super Rugby Pacific competition.

Damian McKenzie would have to be one of the first names pencilled in by the All Blacks coach on current form.

Alex joins AbsolutelyFamous for a chat giving some insight to how the Chiefs operate and how coach Clayton McMillan judged their performance against the Crusaders and how lethal their brilliant play-maker Damian McKenzie is.

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This story is ongoing and we are extremely proud to report on it at AbsolutelyFamous and the fact Lee has now got his own gymnasium with just a small funding from Sports Tasman is amazing.

Listen to my (John Alexander) interview with Lee earlier this week and if you live in Blenheim and you are struggling yourself with mental health issues, motivation or a lack of fitness or your kids are struggling, go and see Lee and the crew at Box on Boxing Blenheim and it will most likely be one of the best moves you make.

Everyone is welcome whatever level of fitness.

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

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