McKenzie replaces Cruden at pivot

    2015-04-22 10:25

    Cape Town - Marty McKenzie has got the nod to replace Aaron Cruden at flyhalf for the Chiefs, ahead of younger brother Damian, for their Super Rugby clash against the Force in Hamilton on Friday (kick-off 09:35 SA time).

    Cruden was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn ACL earlier this week, dealing a major blow to the Chiefs' Super Rugby hopes as well as ending his own Rugby World Cup dream.

    The elder McKenzie will get the first chance to replace him as the Chiefs look to pile more misery on the Force.

    There are four other changes, with Bryce Heem replacing James Lowe on the wing, while up front Siate Tokolahi and Johan Bardoul all start.

    Liam Messam is rested as part of the agreement with the NZRU, so Matt Symons will take over the captaincy for the Chiefs, who are currently just a point behind Super Rugby leaders the Hurricanes.



    15 Tom Marshall, 14 Bryce Heem, 13 Charlie Ngatai, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Tim Nanai-Williams, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Johan Bardoul, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Matt Symons (captain), 3 Siate Tokolahi, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Mitchell Graham

    Substitutes: 16 Quentin MacDonald, 17 Pauliasi Manu, 18 Ben Tameifuna, 19 Michael Fitzgerald, 20 Liam Squire, 21 Augustine Pulu, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Andrew Horrell



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