Plenty of power and pace in Chiefs line-up
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Chiefs head coach Dave Rennie has named a powerful line-up to challenge for a place in the 2017 Super Rugby semifinals when they take on the Stormers in Cape Town.
In the forwards, Kane Hames, Nathan Harris and Nepo Laulala form a formidable front row, with the hard-working duo of Brodie Retallick and Mitchell Brown partnering at lock.
Liam Messam, co-captain Sam Cane and Michael Leitch form a highly experienced loose forward trio.
In the backs, veteran scrumhalf Tawera Kerr-Barlow will start in jersey No.9 with co-captain Aaron Cruden to steer the ship at flyhalf.
In the midfield, centurion Stephen Donald will don jersey No.12, with Anton Lienert-Brown to start at outside centre.
James Lowe, Solomon Alaimalo and Damian McKenzie complete an exciting backline in jerseys No.11, No.14 and No.15 respectively.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Stephen Donald, 11 James Lowe, 10 Aaron Cruden (co-captain), 9 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 8 Michael Leitch, 7 Sam Cane (co-captain), 6 Liam Messam, 5 Mitchell Brown, 4 Brodie Retallick, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Nathan Harris, 1 Kane Hames.
Replacements: 16 Liam Polwart, 17 Aidan Ross, 18 Atu Moli, 19 Dominic Bird, 20 Lachlan Boshier, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Tim Nanai-Williams, 23 Shaun Stevenson.
Date: Saturday, July 22
Venue: Newlands, Cape Town
Kick-off: 17.00 (15.00 GMT; 03.00 NZ time, Sunday, July 23)
Referee: Jaco Peyper
Assistant referees: Rasta Rasivhenge, Quinton Immelman
TMO: Johan Greeff