Chiefs shuffle for Stormers
Cape Town - Two-time defending Super Rugby champions, the Chiefs, have announced their team to play the Stormers at Waikato Stadium in Hamilton on Friday.
With a number of players returning from injury, the Chiefs coaches made many changes to their starting line-up and reserve selections.
Jamie Mackintosh returns to the starting line-up at prop. Brodie Retallick has been cleared to play and is joined in the locking stocks by Matt Symons. Liam Messam resumes his position at flank with Liam Squire starting in the No 8 jersey after a solid performance off the bench last week.
James Lowe gets his first start on the wing and Tom Marshall will make his Chiefs debut at inside centre. Gareth Anscombe makes his long awaited return to rugby at fullback in his first match of the season, while Pauliasi Manu, Michael Fitzgerald, Robbie Fruean and Asaeli Tikoirotuma all move to the bench.
The match will mark inspirational Chiefs flank Tanerau Latimer’s 100th Super Rugby match.
Chiefs Coach Dave Rennie told Chiefs’ official website: “Over the last couple of years the Stormers have had the best defensive record in the competition and you saw why against the Crusaders. They obviously have a lot of character in their group and they are going to be a tough defensive unit to crack.”
Kick-off for Friday’s clash is at 08:35 (SA time).
15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 Tim Nanai-Williams, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Tom Marshall, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Squire, 7 Tanerau Latimer, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons, 3 Ben Tameifuna, 2 Mahonri Schwalger, 1 Jamie Mackintosh.
Substitutes: 16 Rhys Marshall, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Josh Hohneck, 19 Michael Fitzgerald, 20 Tevita Koloamatangi, 21 Brad Webber, 22 Robbie Fruean, 23 Asaeli Tikoirotuma
15. Jaco Taute, 14. Kobus van Wyk, 13. Jean de Villiers (captain), 12. Damian de Allende, 11. Gio Aplon, 10. Demetri Catrakilis, 9. Nic Groom, 8. Duane Vermeulen, 7. Schalk Burger, 6. Deon Fourie, 5. De Kock Steenkamp, 4. Ruan Botha, 3. Brok Harris, 2. Tiaan Liebenberg, 1. Steven Kitshoff
Substitutes: 16. Stephan Coetzee, 17. Oliver Kebble, 18. Frans Malherbe, 19. Siya Kolisi, 20. Nizaam Carr, 21. Louis Schreuder, 22. Peter Grant, 23. Sailosi Tagicakibau