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    Underdogs Sunwolves change seven for Chiefs

    2017-04-27 09:57

    Cape Town - Sunwolves head coach Filo Tiatia has rung the changes for this weekend's trip to Hamilton to take on the Chiefs.

    Three of those changes come in the backs, starting on the wing where Teruya Goto comes into the side, with Derek Carpenter also starting to partner Will Tupou in midfield.

    Hayden Cripps gets the nod at flyhalf meanwhile ahead of Yu Tamura, who drops to the bench.

    Shunsuki Nunomaki starts at openside flanker, with Willie Britz and Ed Quirk remaining in the back row, while at lock Shinya Makabe takes over from Uwe Helu.

    Finally in the front row Takeshi Kizu at hooker and Heiichiro Ito at tighthead prop both come into the starting XV, as the Sunwolves chase a second win of the season.

    Teams:

    Chiefs

    15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Sam McNicol, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Jonathan Taumateine, 8 Sam Cane (co-captain), 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Taleni Seu, 4 Dominic Bird, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames 

    Substitutes: 16 Brayden Mitchell, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Alex Nankivell, 22 Shaun Stevenson, 23 James Lowe

    Sunwolves: 

    15 Kotaro Matsushima, 14 Teruya Goto, 13 William Tupou, 12 Derek Carpenter, 11 Yasutaka Sasakura, 10 Hayden Cripps, 9 Fumiaki Tanaka, 8 Willie Britz, 7 Shunsuki Nunomaki, 6 Edward Quirk (captain), 5 Sam Wykes, 4 Shinya Makabe, 3 Heiichiro Ito, 2 Takeshi Kizu, 1 Keita Inagaki

    Substitutes: 16 Yusuke Niwai, 17 Koki Yamamoto, 18 Takuma Asahara, 19 Uwe Helu, 20 Rahboni Warren Vosayaco, 21 Yuki Yatomi, 22 Yu Tamura, 23 Jamie-Jerry Taulagi

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