Rebels change 4 for Chiefs visit
Cape Town - Rebels head coach Tony McGahan has made four changes to his
line-up for the Round 4 clash against the Chiefs at AAMI Park on
Kick-off is at 10:45 SA time.
Prop Fereti Sa’aga is handed his Super Rugby run-on debut, Culum
Retallick is lock and Sefa Naivalu and Laurie Weeks return from injury.
Naivalu, who was sidelined for the first two games of the season with
a leg infection, will partner childhood friend Marika Koroibete on the
Rebels wings for the first time while Weeks returns from a cork.
The 22-year-old Sa’aga will make his first start after he impressed
in his Super Rugby debut against the Hurricanes in the second round when
he came off the bench for the final 10 minutes at Westpac Stadium in
Injury to Lopeti Timani (knee) will see Retallick make his first
start of the 2017 season and Tom English shifted back to the midfield
after a head knock to Mitch Inman.
Harlequin’s Murray Douglas is set to make his Super Rugby debut after
McGahan named the uncapped the lock on the reserves bench, alongside
hooker Pat Leafa who is set to make his 50th Super Rugby appearance for
15 Jack Debreczeni, 14 Sefa Naivalu, 13 Tom English, 12 Reece Hodge, 11
Marika Koroibete, 10 Jackson Garden-Bachop, 9 Nic Stirzaker (captain), 8
Amanaki Mafi, 7 Colby Fainga’a, 6 Jordy Reid, 5 Steve Cummins, 4 Culum
Retallick, 3 Laurie Weeks, 2 James Hanson, 1 Fereti Sa’aga
Substitutes: 16 Pat Leafa, 17 Cruze Ah-Nau, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19
Murray Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Ben Meehan, 22 Sione Tuipulotu, 23
15 Shaun Stevenson,
14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 Solomon
Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam
Cane (co-captain), 6 Tom Sanders, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3
Nepo Laulala, 2 Sabastian Siataga, 1 Kane Hames
Hika Elliot, 17 Siegfried Fisi'ihoi, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Mitchell Brown, 20
Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 23