Chiefs keep star forward on ice for Stormers

Wed, 02 May 2018 08:04
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: The Chiefs, coming off a bye after a strong win against the Reds, are gearing up to face the in-form Jaguares in Rotorua this Friday.

It is the Jaguares' first ever visit to Chiefs Country - after playing the Chiefs only once in Argentina in 2016.

That game went down to the wire, a late Brad Weber try securing the win.

Coach Colin Cooper has kept the same front row, which performed really well against the Reds.

In the second row, Cooper has decided to rest Brodie Retallick - bringing in Michael Allardice, who put in a strong performance against the Hurricanes.

"We want Brodie to be firing on all cylinders for the Stormers game in South Africa," Cooper said.

"He gives so much as a leader off the field, and on the field he brings everything, and we need to keep that alive in him."

The most capped Chief, Liam Messam, will start in the No.8 jersey.

He's from Rotorua and spoke about how special it will be to play in front of his home support.

"I am really looking forward to bringing the boys to my home town,"Messam said.

"It is always special coming back to Rotorua and we love the local support we get there."

In the backline, Toni Pulu comes back from injury on the wing, and Alex Nankivell comes in at centre.

Johnny Faauli has earned a rest after starting every game so far this season.

On the bench there is a potential debut for Levi Aumua back from injury, and for Bay of Plenty loose forward Jesse Parete in as injury cover.

Players unavailable for selection include Mitch Graham, Nepo Laulala, Regan Verney, Tiaan Falcon, Kane Hames, Mitch Karpik.

Chiefs: 15 Charlie Ngatai, 14 Toni Pulu, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 Alex Nankivell, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 10 Damian McKenzie, 9 Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, 8 Liam Messam, 7 Sam Cane, 6 Lachlan Boshier/Luke Jacobson, 5 Tyler Ardron, 4 Michael Allardice, 3 Angus Ta'avao, 2 Liam Polwart, 1 Karl Tu'inukuafe.
Replacements: 16 Nathan Harris, 17 Sam Prattley, 18 Jeff Thwaites, 19 Luke Jacobson/Jesse Parete, 20 Pita Gus Sowakula, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Marty McKenzie, 23 Levi Aumua.

Date: Friday, May 4
Venue: International Stadium, Rotorua
Kick-off: 19.35 (04.35 Buenos Aires time; 07.45 GMT)
Referee: Mike Fraser
Assistant referees: Paul Williams, Brendon Pickerill
TMO: Shane McDermott

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