Sam Cane to start for Chiefs against Reds
Cape Town - Chiefs head coach Colin Cooper has reshuffled his forward
pack for their final regular-season game at FMG Stadium, against the
Reds on Friday.
Kick-off is at 09:35 SA time.
With Angus Ta’avao on All Blacks leave, Nepo Laulala will
start at tighthead with Sosefo Kautai joining the bench as cover.
Tyler Ardron combines with Jesse Parete in a formidable locking duo with Mitchell Brown ruled out with a knee injury.
Sam Cane will start at No 6 and Lachlan Boshier at seven, moving
Mitchell Karpik to the bench. Pita Gus Sowakula will
complete the forward pack starting at No 8.
The only change to the Chiefs backline sees Alex Nankivell
starting at inside centre in place of Anton Lienert-Brown who earns a
week off with All Blacks leave.
On the reserves bench, Samisoni Taukei’aho takes the place of Liam Polwart who has been ruled out with concussion, while Counties
Manukau lock Daymon Leasuasu is set to make his Super Rugby debut.
Utility back Jack Debreczeni returns to the fold alongside Sean
Wainui named on the bench, while loosehead
prop Aidan Ross and scrumhalf Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi retain their
positions among the reserves.
Alaimalo, 14 Shaun Stevenson, 13 Tumua Manu, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Etene
Nanai-Seturo, 10 Marty McKenzie, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Lachlan
Boshier, 6 Sam Cane (captain), 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Jesse Parete, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan
Harris, 1 Atu Moli
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei'aho, 17 Aidan
Ross, 18 Sosefo Kautai, 19 Daymon Leasuasu, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Te Toiroa
Tahuriorangi, 22 Jack Debreczeni, 23 Sean Wainui
McGahan, 14 Jock Campbell, 13 Seb Wileman, 12 Duncan Paia'aua, 11 Sefa Naivalu,
10 Bryce Hegarty, 9 Tate McDermott, 8 Angus Scott-Young, 7 Liam Wright, 6 Lukhan
Salakaia-Loto, 5 Angus Blyth, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Taniela Tupou, 2 Alex Mafi, 1 Harry
Substitutes: 16 Brandon
Paenga-Amosa, 17 Feao Fotuaika, 18 Ruan Smith, 19 Adam Korczyk, 20
Scott Higginbotham, 21 Scott Malolua, 22 Teti Tela, 23 Liam McNamara