Lienert-Brown eyes defensive test against Ioane

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Lienert-Brown had cause for anticipation on Saturday in going up against fellow All Black Rieko Ioane, especially for the defensive challenge it offered.


"Attacking wise I'm feeling good but I pride myself on my 'D', and I see myself as a good defender, so [there have been] a couple of tackles I've missed and haven't been good enough. but I'm working to fix that up and I back myself to do so," he said.


"Rieko's playing well, and you always enjoy challenging yourself against some of the best, which we do every weekend anyway, but he is playing good footy, he's a good mate of mine and I'm looking forward to that challenge," he said.


Feeling that he was in good shape and form, Lienert-Brown said he had high standards and always wanted to come off the field as one of the best, so he was training hard to ensure he upped his standard each week.

Having younger players in the midfield group like Quinn Tupaea, Rameka Poihipi and Alex Nankivell helped keep the pressure on.


Lienert-Brown said it was good to get a win in Wellington last week, but it also reflected the Chiefs were making progress in an environment to gain belief and a good feeling.


The side didn't focus on the past, it was more about getting better each week, and he felt they were making good progress.


"We aren't playing this competition to make up numbers. We want to be at the business end and we're up for this challenge. We're well aware of the situation, and it puts extra meaning to the game this weekend," he said.


"Knowing you've got a bye means you can really empty the tank because the next week doesn't matter but also when you go into a bye it will be nice sitting there knowing you have won a game," he said.


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