Cane dedicates game to Rennie

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 08:08
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Chiefs co-captain Sam Cane has dedicated their Super Rugby Round 17 encounter with the Brumbies to departing coach Dave Rennie.

Rennie, who was even linked to the Springbok coaching job, will head to  Glasgow Warriors after the completion of the Super Rugby season.

The significance of this Saturday's contest between the Chiefs and the Brumbies will only truly be realised retrospectively.

It could be the last time Rennie leads his team into battle in Hamilton.

It could be the last performance at home for a very special group of long-serving players that includes Aaron Cruden, Tawera Kerr-Barlow and James Lowe.

"As far as special games go, our match on Saturday against the Brumbies is right up there," said Cane, who will not feature in the matchday 23.

"It's our final guaranteed game at home this season and I'd love for thousands of our loyal fans to join me in the stands to honour Rens [Rennie], Aaron [Cruden] and the boys - who are leaving at the end of this season.

"Let's give them a turnout befitting the massive contribution they've made to our franchise."

Whether the Chiefs play on home soil again this season is unknown, but some things are certain.

It will be Stephen Donald's 100th Super Rugby competition game when he takes the field against the Brumbies on Saturday.

Having captained the Chiefs in international fixtures against Wales in 2016 and the British and Irish Lions last month, Donald has already celebrated his century milestone with the franchise.

Brad Weber, Mitchell Graham, Glen Fisiiahi, Sam McNicol, Toni Pulu, Taleni Seu and Dominic Bird are all unavailable for selection through injury.

Rennie opted to rest hard-working All Blacks Sam Cane, Brodie Retallick and Anton Lienert-Brown - to refresh them for play-offs next weekend.

Tim Nanai-Williams will rejoin the side next week following his commitments with the Samoan national team.

Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Alex Nankivell, 12 Charlie Ngatai, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Lachlan Boshier, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Tom Sanders, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Donald, 23 Shaun Stevenson.

Date: Saturday, July 15
Venue: Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
Kick-off: 17.15 (15.15 AEST; 05.15 GMT)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Richard Kelly (New Zealand), Cam Stone (New Zealand)
TMO: Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

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FIXTURE GMT VENUE
Sat, 29 July 2017
Crusaders v Chiefs 07h35 Christchurch
Golden Lions v Griquas 10h00 Johannesburg
Lions v Hurricanes 12h30 Ellis Park
Sharks v Pumas 15h00 Durban
Sun, 30 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Western Province 12h30 Bloemfontein
RESULT SCORE
Sun, 23 July 2017
Pumas v Golden Lions 43 | 36
Sat, 22 July 2017
Griquas v Blue Bulls 45 | 51
Stormers v Chiefs 11 | 17
Lions v Sharks 23 | 21
Crusaders v Highlanders 17 | 0
Fri, 21 July 2017
Free State Cheetahs v Sharks 47 | 12
Brumbies v Hurricanes 16 | 35
Sat, 15 July 2017
Sharks v Lions 10 | 27
Bulls v Stormers 33 | 41
Force v Waratahs 40 | 11
Hurricanes v Crusaders 31 | 22
Chiefs v Brumbies 28 | 10
Sunwolves v Blues 43 | 21
Fri, 14 July 2017
Kings v Cheetahs 20 | 21
Rebels v Jaguares 29 | 32
SUPER RUGBY
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Pool AU
Team P W D L Pts
Brumbies 15 6 0 9 34
Force 15 6 0 9 26
Reds 15 4 0 11 21
Waratahs 15 4 0 11 19
Rebels 15 1 1 13 9
Pool NZ
Team P W D L Pts
Crusaders 15 14 0 1 63
Hurricanes 15 12 0 3 58
Chiefs 15 12 1 2 57
Highlanders 15 11 0 4 51
Blues 15 7 1 7 37
Pool SA1
Team P W D L Pts
Stormers 15 10 0 5 43
Cheetahs 15 4 0 11 21
Bulls 15 4 0 11 20
Sunwolves 15 2 0 13 12
Pool SA2
Team P W D L Pts
Lions 15 14 0 1 65
Sharks 15 9 1 5 42
Jaguares 15 7 0 8 33
Kings 15 6 0 9 28