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Chiefs will pay Reds star Genia special attention

Will Genia is rated as one of the world's best in his postion

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Article Published: Tuesday 8 May 2012|

Chiefs halfback Brendon Leonard is expecting to be kept busy by the Reds on Sunday as he thinks the Queenslanders are starting to look dangerous.

The Chiefs move to Brisbane this weekend to meet Super Rugby's defending champions who pushed the Crusaders to the edge in Christchurch last week.

The former All Black rates Will Genia as one of the best half backs in the rugby world but is wary of giving him too much attention.

"His running game's spot on, and he always takes the right decision," Leonard told NZ Newswire.

"I guess it's about organising our ruck defence to make sure we shut him down."

Leonard does however say that it would be dangerous to focus solely on Genia as he creates opportunities for the Reds.

"We've got to make sure that while we focus on shutting him down, we don't all just honey-pot on him and then he puts one of his forward runners through a hole."

The Chiefs are hoping to tighten up their defence this week after second from bottom Lions scored three tries against them last week.

Leonard admitted that the Chiefs' defence against the Lions was nowhere near the level it has been on their a nine-match winning streak.

"We probably tackled a bit too high against the big Lions boys, so we've got to make sure we're effective in our on-on-one tackles against the Reds," he said.

Leonard is also looking to improve his own game, especially around the ruck, in his third match back after tearing a hamstring in the first match of the season.

"It's just about that quickness to the ruck, and being able to clear the ball from the ruck a little better."

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