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    Chiefs change three for Stormers

    2017-07-20 21:53

    Cape Town - Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named a powerful matchday squad to take on the Stormers in their Super Rugby quarter-final at Newlands on Saturday.

    In all, there are three changes to last week's run-on side which beat the Brumbies in Hamilton with co-captain Sam Cane taking over from Lachlan Boshier on the openside flank while Brodie Retallick and Stephen Donald replace Michael Allardice and Charlie Ngatai at lock and inside centre respectively.

    In the forwards, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Nepo Laulala form a formidable front row, with the hard-working duo of Retallick and Mitchell Brown partnering in the second row. 

    Liam Messam, Cane and Michael Leitch form a highly experienced loose forward trio.

    In the backs, experienced scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow will start in jersey nine with co-captain Aaron Cruden to steer the ship at flyhalf.

    In the midfield centurion Donald teams up with Anton Lienert-Brown who starts at outside centre. 

    James Lowe, Solomon Alaimalo and Damian McKenzie complete an exciting back-line in jerseys 11, 14 and 15 respectively.

    Teams:

    Stormers

    15 SP Marais, 14 Cheslin Kolbe, 13 EW Viljoen, 12 Damian de Allende, 11 Dillyn Leyds, 10 Damian Willemse, 9 Jano Vermaak, 8 Nizaam Carr, 7 Rynhardt Elstadt, 6 Siya Kolisi (captain), 5 Pieter-Steph du Toit, 4 Eben Etzebeth, 3 Frans Malherbe, 2 Bongi Mbonambi, 1 JC Janse van Rensburg.

    Substitutes: 16 Ramone Samuels, 17 Oli Kebble, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Chris van Zyl, 20 Sikhumbuzo Notshe, 21 Justin Phillips, 22 Seabelo Senatla, 23 Juan de Jongh

    Chiefs

    15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames 

    Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson

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    Saturday, 17 February 2018
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    • Highlanders v Blues, Forsyth Barr Stadium 08:35
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    • Crusaders v Chiefs, AMI Stadium 08:35
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