Stiles alters Reds backline
Plymouth - Reds head coach Nick Stiles has named a largely unchanged
side for the clash with the Chiefs in New Plymouth on Saturday.
Stiles is opting for the same forward pack and has made
minor changes to the backs from the 29-26 defeat to the Waratahs last weekend.
A knee injury to Karmichael Hunt has forced a shuffle in the
backline, with captain Samu Kerevi shifting to inside centre, Campbell Magnay
brought into the starting side at outside centre and Duncan Paia’aua moved to
Stiles said: “It’s obviously quite disappointing to lose
Karmichael for this match as he has been one of our most consistent players.
Thankfully it’s not a major injury concern, but it was enough to rule him out
of this weekend.
“On the positive side, it allows us the opportunity to bring
Campbell Magnay into the starting side for the first time this season. Campbell
has worked hard to get back from injury. It’s been a tough slog for him but
he’s come out the other side and is raring to go.
“One of our big focuses this season has been on trying to
develop the next crop of players. We’ve got a lot of promising young players in
the squad at the moment and they’re learning through experience how tough Super
Rugby is and what it takes to be successful in this competition. No doubt we’ll
be better for those experiences.
“There’s no easy matches in Super Rugby and heading to New
Zealand to take on the Chiefs provides its own set of challenges. We’re looking
forward to seeing how the side can respond after a bitterly disappointing
result last weekend.”
15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Toni Pulu,
13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron
Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane
(co-captain), 6 Mitchell Brown, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Dominic Bird, 3
Nepo Laulala, 2 Hika Elliot, 1 Kane Hames
Substitutes: 16 Nathan
Harris, 17 Atu Moli, 18 Siegfried Fisi’ihoi, 19 Taleni Seu, 20 Liam
Messam, 21 Jonathan Taumateine, 22 Sam McNicol, 23 Shaun Stevenson
15 Duncan Paia’aua, 14 Izaia Perese, 13 Campbell Magnay, 12 Samu Kerevi
(captain), 11 Eto Nabuli, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 James Tuttle, 8
Scott Higginbotham, 7 George Smith, 6 Hendrik Tui, 5 Lukhan Tui, 4 Rob
Simmons, 3 Sam Talakai, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Sef Fa’agase
Substitutes: 16 Alex Mafi, 17 Kirwan Sanday, 18
Taniela Tupou, 19 Izack Rodda, 20 Leroy Houston, 21 Nick Frisby, 22
Hamish Stewart, 23 Chris Kuridrani