McKenzie back from injury for Chiefs in Hamilton
Exciting utility back Damian McKenzie has returned from
injury to be named in the Chiefs' starting XV for Friday's Super Rugby
derby with the Hurricanes.
Versatile forward Mitchell Brown will be the only alterations to the
powerful pack. Brown enters the line-up in jersey number five for
Canadian international star Tyler Ardron, who was ruled out due to an
In the backs, McKenzie returns from injury to line up in the familiar
15 jersey. Waikato utility back Solomon Alaimalo shifts to the left
wing for the injured Sean Wainui.
All Black Atu Moli returns to the 23 named as cover alongside
Taranaki hooker Bradley Slater, in the only changes in the replacements.
Head coach Warren Gatland revealed the team want to continue to build
on their performance in Wollongong, where they hammered the Waratahs
"Last week we started well and that provided us with a solid platform
for the second half. Again, this week we will be challenged to do the
same," he said.
"Any New Zealand derby is going to be a tough battle, the Hurricanes
will be hurting from their loss last weekend and will be hungry to
"We need to remain focused on being disciplined, utilise our
opportunities and deliver a performance that our members and supporters
can be proud of."
Kick off on Saturday is 05:25 SA time.
Damian McKenzie, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Anton
Lienert-Brown, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8
Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (captain), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Mitchell
Brown, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Ross Geldenhuys, 2 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 1
Bradley Slater, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Reuben O'Neill, 19 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 20
Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Kaleb Trask, 23 Alex
Jordie Barrett, 14 Kobus van Wyk, 13 Vince Aso, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11
Ben Lam, 10 Fletcher Smith, 9 TJ Perenara (co-captain), 8 Gareth Evans, 7
Du'Plessis Kirifi, 6 Devan Flanders, 5 Isaia Walker-Leawere, 4 James
Blackwell, 3 Ben May, 2 Dane Coles (co-captain), 1 Fraser Armstrong
16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Pouri Rakete-Stones, 18 Alex Fidow, 19 Scott
Scrafton, 20 Vaea Fifita, 21 Jamie Booth, 22 Billy Proctor, 23 Wes
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