Chiefs flyhalf shift: One McKenzie replaces another
Cape Town - The Chiefs have shifted Damian McKenzie from flyhalf to fullback for their Super Rugby clash against the Hurricanes in Waikato on Friday.
Head coach Colin Cooper has made six changes to the starting line up from last week’s match against the Crusaders.
Experienced lock Michael Allardice returns to combine with Captain Brodie Retallick. The return of Allardice moves dynamic forward Tyler Ardron back into No 8 with Taleni Seu providing cover on the bench in jersey number 19. Mitchell Karpik the other change in the forward pack to start with Lachlan Boshier ruled out with injury.
Marty McKenzie returns from injury to start in the No 10 jersey with brother Damian shifting to fullback. Japanese international Ataata Moeakiola secures his first start of the season on the left wing ahead of Etene Nanai-Seturo who will make an impact off the bench in jersey 23.
"We have had a testing couple of weeks and we know the Hurricanes will be a strong challenge. We are not afraid of the contest on Friday, we have come together as a team and will focus on sticking to our structures and working on delivering our game plan," Cooper said.
Kick-off on Friday is at 08:35 (SA time).
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Sean Wainui, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Ataata Moeakiola, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Tyler Ardron, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Aidan Ross
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Ryan Coxon, 18 Angus Ta'avao, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Luke Jacobson, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Alex Nankivell, 23 Etene Nanai-Seturo
15 Chase Tiatia, 14 Jordie Barrett, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Wes Goosen, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Ardie Savea, 7 Du'Plessis Kirifi, 6 Reed Prinsep, 5 Vaea Fifita, 4 James Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (captain), 1 Toby Smith
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Liam Mitchell, 20 Heiden Bedwell-Curtis, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 23 Salesi Rayasi