Chiefs welcome back Sam Cane
Cape Town - Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper has named an unchanged
starting side from the one which beat the Waratahs last Saturday, with key
figure Sam Cane returning from injury to the match day 23.
Angus Ta’avao and Karl Tu’inukuafe continue in the front row
with Nathan Harris. Brodie Retallick and Michael Allardice start in the number
four and five jerseys, and Luke Jacobson, Mitchell Karpik and Liam Messam make
up the loose forward trio.
Notably in the backs, Charlie Ngatai will start in the
midfield again with Anton Lienert-Brown, after a fantastic performance last
“We’ve picked a very similar team to the one that performed
well against the Waratahs. The bench will bring a lot of excitement and spark -
we’re really pleased with the quality we have available - it’s a big boost
having Sam back,” Cooper said.
Cooper is aware of the Crusaders’ threat at the set piece
and is emphasising discipline for the team’s success this Saturday.
“They are really strong in the set piece so it’ll be a big
contest at the scrums and lineouts. Discipline is the key going into this game,
but we’re excited to be on our home ground, which is an advantage.”
He was also thrilled with the attacking tenacity the team
showed against the Waratahs.
“The Waratahs game has given us a lot of confidence to play
the attacking game we want to play against the Crusaders. It’s about knowing
your role and having that confidence.”
15 Solomon Alaimalo, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai (captain), 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Mitchell Karpik, 6 Luke Jacobson, 5 Michael Allardice, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Angus Ta’avao, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe
Substitutes: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Jesse Parete, 20 Sam Cane, 21 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Shaun Stevenson