Chiefs are looking for their first win in Super Rugby Aotearoa and Warren Gatland has decided to make only three changes in his 23 that will play the game against Blues next Sunday from 0.35 in the morning for the seventh date of the tournament. The meeting can be enjoyed live on ESPN Play or delayed on Sunday from 17, on ESPN 3.
Among the headlines the only modification is the entry of Reuben O’Neill on the front line in place of Aidan Ross, who has been sidelined with a calf strain after last weekend’s clash against Highlanders.
On the other hand, in the case of entering from the substitute bank, Adam Thomson will play his 100th game in Super Rugby.
“You have to perform well for 80 minutes or more in some cases and we didn’t. This week we are looking for that consistency, starting strong once again and then continuing in the game and keeping our focus on what we can control,” he said. Gatland in the pre-match.
Chiefs: 15 Damian McKenzie, 14 Solomon Alaimalo, 13 Quinn Tupaea, 12 Anton Lienert-Brown, 11 Sean Wainui, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Brad Weber, 8 Pita Gus Sowakula, 7 Sam Cane (c), 6 Lachlan Boshier, 5 Naitoa Ah Kuoi, 4 Mitchell Brown, 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Bradley Slater, 1 Reuben O’Neill
Substitutes: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Ollie Norris, 18 Ross Geldenhuys, 19 Adam Thomson, 20 Mitchell Karpik, 21 Lisati Milo-Harris, 22 Aaron Cruden, 23 Quinn Tupaea.